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Give An Image Depth

Oct 1, 2011, 00:38
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Give An Image Depth
Hi, I'm wanting to see if someone can help me add depth to my image. I've attached an image with the effect I'm looking for. Basically, it just makes the shape pop out just a little. I see they've did a fade around the edges, so I'm wondering what the easiest way to do this is. I achieved the same type of effect using the blend tool, fading the edges to black, but it's rather tedious and didn't look as good. Suggestions please Smile


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Oct 1, 2011, 08:14 (This post was last modified: Oct 1, 2011 08:18 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Give An Image Depth
Use a bump map. I.e. you create a later that looks like this:

[attachment=693]

(for instance: Create layer, Bucket-fill with 50% grey (127,127,127), Select All, Select/Shrink(10px), Select/Feather(10px), Select/Invert, Bucket-fill with black).

You move it out of sight, ten make your original layer the active layer, use Filters/Map/Bump Map, and select the layer above as the map:

[attachment=694]

It works better if your layer isn't pure white but light gray (os there is so lightness left for the hilights)

I also bump-mapped the text using itself as a bump-map.

You can crop the outline (or aim better for the bump map Smile

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Oct 1, 2011, 09:02
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RE: Give An Image Depth
The effect is a bevel, you can do it from scratch, as Ofnuts shows, but there are scrips and plugins to automate the process. Even then - not a click & wish process.

The bevel filter that comes with Gimp, is very simple and will not do what you require.

Other filters are much more comprehensive, the best ones are python plugins but I am assuming you use Windows & do not have python installed.

The only script (.scm file) I know that will do this is LayerFX
see: http://registry.gimp.org/node/186

There is a python version there as well, so make sure you get the script from
http://registry.gimp.org/files/layerfx.scm

This file goes in your local gimp scripts folder.

It is best if you start from scratch, if you already have an image you will have to put it on a layer and make a selection.

After that plenty settings to adjust: here are a couple of screen shots to get you started.
http://i.imgur.com/HTC1w.jpg

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Oct 1, 2011, 10:45
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RE: Give An Image Depth
(Oct 1, 2011 09:02)rich2005 Wrote:  The effect is a bevel, you can do it from scratch, as Ofnuts shows, but there are scrips and plugins to automate the process. Even then - not a click & wish process.

The bevel filter that comes with Gimp, is very simple and will not do what you require.

Other filters are much more comprehensive, the best ones are python plugins but I am assuming you use Windows & do not have python installed.

The only script (.scm file) I know that will do this is LayerFX
see: http://registry.gimp.org/node/186

There is a python version there as well, so make sure you get the script from
http://registry.gimp.org/files/layerfx.scm

This file goes in your local gimp scripts folder.

It is best if you start from scratch, if you already have an image you will have to put it on a layer and make a selection.

After that plenty settings to adjust: here are a couple of screen shots to get you started.
http://i.imgur.com/HTC1w.jpg
Aw, yes, scripts Smile ... "Filters/Decor/Add bevel". Might be a standard issue (don't remember installing it). Otherwise "bevel" has plenty on hits on the Gimp Registry (registry.gimp.org). DD's selection bevel (http://registry.gimp.org/node/25199) is pretty cool.

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Oct 2, 2011, 01:20
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RE: Give An Image Depth
Hi, thank you both very much for your help.

rich2005, I added that plugin you suggested. I am trying to add the bevel to an existing image. Can you explain what you mean by "you will have to put it on a layer and make a selection." Specifically the "make a selection" part. I'm a newbie if you haven't already noticed Smile
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Oct 2, 2011, 09:01
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RE: Give An Image Depth
I had a feeling this question would arise. It is not difficult but there are a few steps. It is as quick to make a little video to detail everything so look at this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WilYUWaMpL8

about 5 mins

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Oct 3, 2011, 01:58
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RE: Give An Image Depth
(Oct 2, 2011 09:01)rich2005 Wrote:  I had a feeling this question would arise. It is not difficult but there are a few steps. It is as quick to make a little video to detail everything so look at this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WilYUWaMpL8

about 5 mins

Thank you very much! That works perfectly Smile
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