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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

Making a radial pattern using the path tool
Stroking paths
Making a one-off pattern and filling a layer

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.

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Dec 26, 2013, 14:03
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RE: Basic Concepts
There is also

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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. 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. 6 minutes

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
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

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

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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