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Basic Concepts

Dec 26, 2013, 12:09 (This post was last modified: Dec 28, 2013 10:41 by rich2005.)
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Basic Concepts
For self confessed noob, younes-ea

To get you started, a pair of videos, the second is a follow-on.
Never seen the point of long how-to's, so both these 5 minutes.

Setting up a canvas
Making a shape using the path tool
Adding a layer mask to 'clip' the shape
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYCzPPoWe8E&hd=1


Making a radial pattern using the path tool
Stroking paths
Making a one-off pattern and filling a layer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhccu7fT6zc&hd=1

younes-ea has made a good start, nice shield shape, made a mask, but has come unstuck with the path for the 'rays' and the filling the selections.

so this video shows
adding to a path
alternative way, adding to a selection
inverting a selection for filling different areas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B6V2nCYKxw&hd=1

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Dec 26, 2013, 14:03
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RE: Basic Concepts
There is also http://gimpforums.com/thread-gimp-101-so...gs-to-know

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Jan 3, 2014, 13:20
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RE: Basic Concepts
I don't know if younes-ea is still following this, but to finish off, two more short videos of basic gimp operations typically used when making logos

adding a border
stroking selections
bump mapping to create some depth
new layer from visible to create a 'stage' in the process.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhsUwKIute8&hd=1 5 minutes

and to finish off
adding some curved text using text along a path
bump mapping the result to add some depth/curvature
copy/paste to add external images
finish off with a drop shadow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le0NEGp26j8&hd=1 6 minutes

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Mentioned before is Rolf Steinorts video blog 'meet-the-gimp', generally it is about photography but the latest video covers many of the questions asked on this forum. The link is
http://blog.meetthegimp.org/episode-196-eniac-and-me/
It is long, 40 minutes so it is worth downloading (146 MB mp4 video) and viewing a bit at a time with something like VLC. Otherwise there is a link to a youtube version on the page.

this is a copy of the table of contents for info

00:00:00 Intro
00:02:04 Opening an image from the Web
00:03:02 Loading an image from disk and some mistakes to avoid when making your image
00:03:55 Getting an image into another one
00:04:30 Measure Tool
00:05:00 Scaling to the proper size
00:05:25 Copy and Paste between images
00:06:10 RGB- and Grayscale Mode
00:06:30 Save the image in XCF format!
00:07:54 Isolate the person from the background with a layer mask, the Free Hand Selection and a brush
00:10:10 Free Hand Selection
00:11:30 Undo
00:12:15 Tedious paint work
00:17:30 “Optimizing” the mask with the curves tool and a blur
00:19:30 Finding the right position and scaling a layer
00:22:15 Adding the Curves Tool to the Toolbox
00:23:20 The Curves Tool
00:26:30 Adding grit and grain by extracting the grain from the image
00:30:00 Bucket fill tool
00:31:08 Try stuff with a layer copy
00:33:06 Adding light and shadows
00:38:15 Summary
00:40:20 Move a stack of layers, keeping them aligned
00:41:10 Saving and exporting the image

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Mar 17, 2014, 10:48
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RE: Basic Concepts
This is for shutterstock, who has a few queries about an old-ish tutorial
http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials/creat...dy-letters

Just looking at the output this is the bare-bones of getting there with basic Gimp tools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdrjMNOKU4s&hd=1

I have covered bump mapping yet again since it is used frequently.

Also the Warp plugin, which I use very very infrequently.

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Mar 22, 2014, 11:24
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RE: Basic Concepts
I like the guide you have here but my internet connection is not that good. an you please make it on a gif format? or step by step guide?

I like it when I can see which tools you used.
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