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Does GIMP allow to Distort an area using a random path?

Jul 9, 2011, 09:30
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Does GIMP allow to Distort an area using a random path?
Hi.

I'd like to create custom effects using paths. Is it possible to distort a (rectangle) area along a given path? Let's suppose for instance I have a gradient in a rectangle area and I drew an open path manually with a few nodes forming waves, loops; I'd like to have the rectangle area "follow" the path and be distorted accordingly. Mathematically that would suppose:
  • the rectangle area would be stretched to fit the path length and
  • the rectangle area could be "bent" using its gravity centre as a reference point.
That'd be useful for creating smoke effects for instance. Can Gimp 2.6 do this or is there a plugin?

Thanks on advance.
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Jul 9, 2011, 19:27
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RE: Does GIMP allow to Distort an area using a random path?
(Jul 9, 2011 16:25)ofnuts Wrote:  What you want can likely be done by a totally different mechanism: just stroke the path, using the Brush tool, which in turn you set to "use color from gradient".

Thanks ofnuts. However I want to distort the gradient perpendicularly. The stroke path mechanism (using a gradient brush) spreads the gradient *along* the path, while what I want is to translate or *slide* the gradient (or whatever rectangle area) along the path. But then maybe the stroke path function can still be used with the clipboard as a brush, am I right?
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Jul 9, 2011, 20:45
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RE: Does GIMP allow to Distort an area using a random path?
Ah, thanks, neon path might be what I'm looking for!
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