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Beginner looking to create website banner

Sep 20, 2011, 03:09
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Beginner looking to create website banner
Hi,

I'm new to Gimp and new to graphic design but I'm looking to create a banner for our club website, something similar to the one here: [Image: xdefdi.jpg]

I have 2 pictures as follows that I'm looking to blend in to a red background similar to the above. These pictures are as follows: [Image: 11izec6.jpg] and [Image: 34sm5fs.jpg]

I've been reading about layers, masks and gradients but I'm still unsure of the exact techniques to achieve this.

Could someone please give me a very quick guide on what needs to be done? Once I get an overview I should be able to figure out the rest.

Thanks
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Sep 20, 2011, 05:29
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
I'm pretty new to GIMP as well, but here's where I'd start personally:
1) Make a background rectangle
2) Add all your images as separate layers
3) Get rid of background clutter in images

And then just play around with text and formatting until you get something you like.
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Sep 20, 2011, 13:55
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
(Sep 20, 2011 05:29)daedalus6174 Wrote:  I'm pretty new to GIMP as well, but here's where I'd start personally:
1) Make a background rectangle
2) Add all your images as separate layers
3) Get rid of background clutter in images

And then just play around with text and formatting until you get something you like.

Thanks. Really my key questions are as follows:
1. How do I make my picture acquire the red colour of the banner above?
2. After I remove the excess white around the crest, is there an easy way to make it blend into the background?
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Sep 20, 2011, 14:01
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
1) Colors/Desaturate to change the image to greyscale, the Colors/Colorify to add the color of your choice

2) Extract the crest from its background (ie, makes its surrounding transparent, and its border pixels half-transparent). See the best techniques there: http://gimpforums.com/thread-changing-a-...parent-png

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Sep 21, 2011, 04:45 (This post was last modified: Sep 21, 2011 04:46 by ted_hankey.)
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
(Sep 20, 2011 14:01)ofnuts Wrote:  1) Colors/Desaturate to change the image to greyscale, the Colors/Colorify to add the color of your choice

2) Extract the crest from its background (ie, makes its surrounding transparent, and its border pixels half-transparent). See the best techniques there: http://gimpforums.com/thread-changing-a-...parent-png

Thanks for your help above.

I managed to figure out how to create this banner: [Image: 2ldr1y.png]
However, I now need to add the name of my club and I'm unsure how to approach this. Placing a text layer with white text on top isn't very readable as the skyline is quite dark.
Would it be best here to lighten the skyline? If so, how would I do this?
Would welcome any input on how to make readable text.
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Sep 21, 2011, 07:52 (This post was last modified: Sep 21, 2011 10:01 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
Well, one would have chosen a different background Smile To make it more suitable as a background for text, reduce its contrast and augment its brightness a bit with the Brightness/Contrast tool. This is best done on the original image, or at least as part of the colorizing process (for which you can also pick a slightly lighter color).

Other remarks:
  • What you have isn't a banner, but a 1024x768 image which is mostly transparent. To reduce it to a banner, use Layer/Autocrop and then Image/Autocrop.
  • The skyline/player overlap is weird
  • The player has one too many hands Smile
  • The borders all have different thickness.
  • You have a small hole (skyline background showing) at the left of the middle upper tip of the crest. I would have made the crest slightly bigger to cover a bit more the upper border.

From the crest and the skyline pic, Cork seems to have changed a lot since my last visit...

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Sep 21, 2011, 12:09
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
(Sep 21, 2011 07:52)ofnuts Wrote:  Well, one would have chosen a different background Smile To make it more suitable as a background for text, reduce its contrast and augment its brightness a bit with the Brightness/Contrast tool. This is best done on the original image, or at least as part of the colorizing process (for which you can also pick a slightly lighter color).

Other remarks:
  • What you have isn't a banner, but a 1024x768 image which is mostly transparent. To reduce it to a banner, use Layer/Autocrop and then Image/Autocrop.
  • The skyline/player overlap is weird
  • The player has one too many hands Smile
  • The borders all have different thickness.
  • You have a small hole (skyline background showing) at the left of the middle upper tip of the crest. I would have made the crest slightly bigger to cover a bit more the upper border.

From the crest and the skyline pic, Cork seems to have changed a lot since my last visit...

Thanks again. Just on the non-technical points, this is a crest for Cork Boston so I was looking to add something representative of Boston. The hand is from another player looking to take away the ball! But I see your point, perhaps the player and skyline aren't really natural fits
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Sep 22, 2011, 03:10
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
OK, I've managed to add the text now thanks to your advice. Although it's not yet perfect and I've still to work on a few things, the last main thing I'd like to do is smoothen out the edges where the images meet the background. What is the best way to do this?
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Sep 22, 2011, 06:41
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RE: Beginner looking to create website banner
The best way is to use a "layer mask", which is how you fine-tune the transparency of layers.

But a simple and rather efficient technique is:
- Make a rectangle selection where you want the transition,
- "Select/feather" some reasonable amount (width of transition, say, 20px)
- Invert Selection
- Make top layer active and Delete

One inconvenient of this method is that you delete stuff in the layer, so you better keep a backup (copy made invisible) of the layer somewhere for later use.

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