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Getting Around in GIMP - Contour Painting with a Pinup Model
Getting Around in GIMP - Contour Painting with a Pinup Model
Tutorial showing how to use overlay layers to do dodging and burning with an emphasis on the contours of the subject to really enhance shapes. Tutorial uses a pinup model to show how to create a very stylized type of image, as well as applying it to almost any type of photo to really enhance the shapes.
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Gimp for beginners - Lesson 3 - Layers and Selections
Gimp for beginners - Lesson 3 - Layers and Selections
This video explains how layers work, and goes over some basic selection methods that will be built on in later lessons.
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Advanced Jigsaw Puzzle Effect
Advanced Jigsaw Puzzle Effect
In this tutorial, we examine a technique to create a fancy jigsaw puzzle effect from images or photos using GIMP - the Free Open Source Photo Editor. The process isn't very difficult but requires working with several layers and can take a bit of time to complete. Of course, using my free downloadable puzzle mask template will cut down on your time considerably.
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Turning a Photograph into a Polka Dot Image
Turning a Photograph into a Polka Dot Image
This a very quick simple tutorial and a bit of fun! I have made a range of different sizes – 50px, 75px, 100px, 150px patterns so you can easily apply the effect in seconds. I suggest you try some masking of layers as well to experiment with design :) .
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Metal Frame Header
Metal Frame Header
Today we’re going to have a look at how to create a stylish black header with a metal frame. We’ll also add a little snake inside the header. The metal frame technique is not only for headers though, it could also be useful for such things as forum signatures or skins for audio players.
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Simple Animations in GIMP
Simple Animations in GIMP
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use GIMP's layers in a different manner. Unlike it's default composite function, using GIMP as an animation package requires you to think of every layer as of an animation frame. We'll discuss the two different frame disposal methods later on. For now let us think about every layer as of a separate frame.
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Resizing Fade Effect
Resizing Fade Effect
By creating duplicate, resized layers and blurring them with the correct technique, you can add an appealing fade effect to almost any picture or photo.
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Using and Manipulating Layers
Using and Manipulating Layers
Layers offer you great possabilities to work. You just need to understand how they work and what tricks you can do with them
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Gel Tablets
Gel Tablets
We initiated the design with a NEW LAYER of transparent background. For this case, we used one in dimensions of 600x400, defining a rectangular selection with cleared corners, of the following way:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel01.jpg[/img]

Fact this, we created another NEW LAYER of transparent background, active for default in the Layers Dialogue with the selection before defined; to this new layer we will apply "degrades" of colors from one clear one to the one dark in sense of the left corner superior to the right inferior corner; notense the configurations and ways applied in the tool when making this first one degrades of "front to background":
Opacity = 100
Mode = Normal
Degraded = Front to Background
Slide = 0
Form = Radial
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel02.jpg[/img]

On this active layer, we will make a second degrades, but in this case, the configurations you would was modified:
Opacity = 10
Mode = Clarear Only
Degraded = Front to Transparency
Slide = 100
Form = Radial
Allowing to obtain the following effect of "front to transparency":
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel03.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel04.jpg[/img]

This way we will give to light and shade to the designed section, looking for to generate a volume effect.

Until the moment, the rectangular selection has not been eliminated, and that following to create a NEW LAYER of transparent background, it activates in Layers Dialogue and keepeing the selection area, we colored with white color:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel05.jpg[/img]

With the tool of "rectangular selection", we delimited a zone that this over horizontal half of the designed section, in order to be able "to cut" of the following way:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel06.jpg[/img]

To the part that is left us of the white section, we will apply to Filters/ Defocusing Blur/ Defocusing Gaussian in ranks similar to the shown ones:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel07.jpg[/img]

Again, with the "magical twig" tool, selection with mark in "combined sample" we selected of the following form:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel08.jpg[/img]

We created a NEW LAYER in transparent background, and, in the Layers Dialogue, we deactivated the layer painted whit white color, created in previous steps; we have left as the layer of colors resulting in degrades and an area is transparent selected:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel09.jpg[/img]

Maintaining this selection active, we will use the tool again "degrades" this time of vertical way from above downwards, with the reinitiated parameters of the tool of the following way:
Colors: For Default, White/Black (In Front/Background)
Opacity = 100
Mode = Normal
Degraded = Front to Transparency
Slide = 0
Form = Linear
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel10.jpg[/img]

We duplicated the layer: Layer/ To Duplicate Layer
For default our active layer is the last created (Duplicated Layer), so we will invest it of the following form: Layer/ To Transform/ To turn around vertically
And we eliminated all type of mark of selection with "Selecting/ Nothing"

To the obtained result (left image), we will apply an adjustment in the levels of brightness (-50 in this case) and of opacity (70 for this layer), managing to diminish the visibility of the inferior layer and obtaining an effect like this (right image):
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel11.jpg[/img]

Following step, we created a NEW LAYER in white background and, with Duplicating Layer, we duplicated the layer of the "colored original design".
Locating this layer duplicated on the white layer; after diminishing the opacity of the "original design" (opacity = 70), we downwards moved some pixels, and we apply defocus with Blur Defocusing (30 xs 30) looking for to generate a shadows effect;
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel12.jpg[/img]

To obtain the required effects, we need keep the order structure in Layers Dialogue, locating our different layers with its respective effects as it is indicated:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel13.jpg[/img]

We created a NEW LAYER in transparent background and we added a rectangular selection of smaller dimensions to those of our original image, moving it downwards:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel14.jpg[/img]


Tip for this step, after selecting the original design, we give to Selecting to Shrink (Shrink)

Defined the location of our new selection, we painted with white color and we applied Filters/ Defocusing/ Gaussian Defocusing (50 x 50)
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel15.jpg[/img]

This last layer, in the Layers Dialogue, to be located over all the previous layer, and in "to overlap" mode, obtaining an effect of transparency of the designed object.
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Gel16.jpg[/img]

Additionally, we will be able to add images and/or text, giving the opacity to these new layers, as if to be identifiers of button, gel tablets logotype, or "virtual candies".
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Broken Glass
Broken Glass
We began selecting an image; for this case, we chose this:
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Homeworks/Crash00.jpg[/img]

We created a NEW LAYER in bottom "is transparent" (Line), and, with the pencil, we made outlines like those of the graph of down.
In order to make straight outlines, with the tool "pencil" and maintaining pressed Shift the outline towards the other end of the starting point"¦
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Crash01.jpg[/img]

Soon, we created a NEW LAYER in "white" bottom; We duplicated the Line Layer and in the Picture of Dialogues, we positioned this new layer (Copy of Line) on the white layer.
"To combine" the layer downwards Copy of Line and White Layer in a single one.
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Crash02.jpg[/img]

Located on the layer recently combined, denominated "Gray", we will begin to select with the suitable tool but different sections from the graph, for, using the "bucket" of painting, to begin to color in different tonalities from gray.
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Crash03.jpg[/img]

Fact this, we applied to Filters Gaussian Defocusing in 5 x 5 (vertical and horizontal respectively).
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Crash04.jpg[/img]

After these actions, we activated Original Layer Image and we applied to the Filters Map To move (x=30, y=30) using as "gray map" the layer.
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Screenshots/Crash05.jpg[/img]

We must maintain organized the layers in the order and following way:
It castrates Line - Modo=Dividir - Opacidad=30
It castrates Grays - Modo=Dividir - Opacidad=30
Background (original image)

This way we obtain the final result"¦
[img]http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m161/j_figueroa_g/Homeworks/Crash07.jpg[/img]
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GIMP rain animation
GIMP rain animation
Start from a photo or drawing, transform it in animation bu creating multiple layers and and a fake rain using motion blur.
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