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Questions about GIMP

Mar 12, 2014, 12:17 (This post was last modified: Mar 12, 2014 12:24 by forum.)
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Questions about GIMP
I will try to update this thread when I get the information so that others can see it too.

I know that GIMP has been available for years and you might have answered these questions before but this is just my attempt to collect the information so it doesn't look scattered.

1. How do you snap objects with one another? this is a main feature I like to make sure that the objects are aligned perfectly well.

For example, I want the [undefined=undefined]Ears [/undefined]to be aligned or snapped on the side of the [undefined=undefined]Head [/undefined]of a [undefined=undefined]Dog[/undefined]. How do I do that so it aligns perfectly well. You know sometimes you just can't be sure if its aligned pretty well and it sometimes bothers you if its really visible. Like the example above, if the ears are not aligned it will look weird.

This is very important in dealing with page layouts for news papers.

2. Can I use GIMP for commercial use?

I heard most freeware or open-source software are only free for personal use. Does taking it as a business tool go against your Terms and Conditions? I'm not going to sell it. I'll use it as a Photoshop alternative. Seriously, the PS price turns me off.

3. Guides/Tuts with images or GIFs

The best way to learn is to see how they do it. There are already step-by-step guides but sometimes you are left hanging on what they clicked before that. I know it consumes time and patience so anyone who can do it is certainly appreciated.

4. How to make this or a request to make this http://gimpforums.com/thread-how-to-make...-make-this

I will post/link to a thread about a sample request up for anyone to grab. The submitter must allow others to download the GIMP file for free for everyone to use.

If I get to learn more about GIMP I might send a few tutorials a thing or two. For now I find GIMP hard to use. Undecided
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Mar 12, 2014, 12:34
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I hope that we can create a better community with GIMP so that we can free ourselves of the expensive licenses that is too much for my budget.
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Mar 12, 2014, 22:27
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RE: Questions about GIMP
Welcome,

GIMP itself is an acronym GNU Image Manipulation Program. Then GNU which is another confusing acronym GNU is Not Unix. I don't know if it is proper to use an acronym with itself?

All GNU program licenses are 100% free. Also I would like to add that while some people claim that GIMP has a high learning curve, I tend to disagree, I think it is just a matter of applying yourself. Tutorials all depend on what you plan to do. The GIMP can be used for photo manipulation and correction, drawing and creating art, it is very versatile.

While I have used GIMP for years I never touched Photoshop, but I can look at a PS tutorial and do it in GIMP. The programs must be very similar in nature.

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Mar 13, 2014, 04:50 (This post was last modified: Mar 13, 2014 04:54 by iForStyle007.)
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(Mar 12, 2014 12:17)forum Wrote:  1. How do you snap objects with one another? this is a main feature I like to make sure that the objects are aligned perfectly well.

For example......This is very important in dealing with page layouts for news papers.
If the edges are flat/rectangle-like like the article columns, picture borders, you should have no problem using the align tool as mentioned above.

For more complex alignments (such as the dog ears) I've found another way using "Snap to Guide"

For this, when you select the parts of the image to align, make sure the top of the selection touches the top edge of your object, they should be similar.
1. Copy the ear, or duplicate one ear & flip it using the Flip flip tool
2. Drag a horizontal guide down from the top to the eye level.
3. "View > Snap to Guides..."
4. Use the Move move tool & drag with the mouse until the top edge of each ear layer snaps to the guide.
5. Move again the ears to be beside the head(its ok if its not vertically aligned, we'll fix that in two ways next)
6. Link both ear layers, then click one of the ears & push the keyboard arrow key up Move until it looks good. Done! Smile

   
If the animated gif is still too fast, you may wish to after opening it, right-click "save as.." the gif (after clicking the thumbnail pic) then open the gif in quicktime, you can pause & step forward the steps.

Quote:...3. Guides/Tuts with images or GIFs

The best way to learn is to see how they do it. There are already step-by-step guides but sometimes you are left hanging on what they clicked before that. I know it consumes time and patience so anyone who can do it is certainly appreciated.

Tutorials are like a roadmap(see here)
So for prep, first research the tool you want to use, read up on it a little, then watch a little part of the video tutorial (don't have to watch the whole of it yet if its long)
(*but don't just watch one) cross-reference a couple video sources (journ101 ^_^) then apply what you learned & try to get it to work a bit. After you have an idea of how the filter or tool works, try watching a full tutorial video on the tool/filter & see how well you've done or if you're on the right track Smile Have fun Gimping!!

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Mar 13, 2014, 07:12
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RE: Questions about GIMP
Thanks everyone. So we can freely use GIMP for business and that's good enough for me. Anyway, is there an option to put the toolbars together in one page? It's broken and I'm not used to that sort of thing.

@iForStyle
This is exactly what I was looking for (http://gimpforums.com/attachment.php?aid=3188) but did you do this with a screenshot? I notice that that ears had some sort of whiteness around it. How did you remove it? I saw it when you duplicated the ear on the left.
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Mar 13, 2014, 10:11
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(Mar 13, 2014 07:12)forum Wrote:  @iForStyle
...I notice that that ears had some sort of whiteness around it. How did you remove it? I saw it when you duplicated the ear on the left.

First select one of the ears with the Rectselect rectangle select.
(*Note, the top of the selection should touch the top of the ear, it doesn't in my sample because I just copied the ear)

2. Cut "Edit > Cut"
3. paste the ear ("Edit > Paste As... > New Layer")
4. Duplicate layer ("Layer > Duplicate layer..") flip ear Flip (click on the ear)
5. Use "Colors > Color to alpha" if its only 2 colors like my example(pick the color to turn transparent if yours is different.)
- For complex colors, select the ear with Freeselect free select or Path path tool (push enter after making path)
or
Foregroundselect Foreground select tool

- Holding ctrl while clicking on phase 2 of foreground select can refine your selection (the blue/purple shade) After you paint the selection, if using Foreground select tool, push enter to make the selection.

Last, "Select > Invert"
Push delete, it will delete the white (look at layer thumbnail)

One more thing, when moving the layer around, if there are white lines around the ears/objects. Undo the delete & Shrink or grow the selection by 1 or 2 pixels before you push delete

"Select > Grow"
"Select > Shrink..."
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Mar 22, 2014, 10:49
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That's great iForStyle

I also would like to know how to make these:

http://screencasters.heathenx.org/images..._thumb.jpg

http://screencasters.heathenx.org/images..._thumb.jpg

http://screencasters.heathenx.org/images..._thumb.jpg

and Ofnut's

http://i.imgur.com/2Tvo0.png
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Mar 22, 2014, 15:27
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RE: Questions about GIMP
(Mar 22, 2014 10:49)forum Wrote:  That's great iForStyle

I also would like to know how to make these:

http://screencasters.heathenx.org/images..._thumb.jpg

and Ofnut's

http://i.imgur.com/2Tvo0.png

I am guessing you want the content of the video rather than the episode thumbnail
The best way is to use Inkscape as per the videos.

Using Gimp
There are scripts and plug-ins that make the metallic effect. A very recent addition.
http://gimpscripts.com/2014/01/ml-bevel-reflect/

From scratch a How-To (a good example of ancient)
http://www.gimpchat.com/viewtopic.php?f=...lit=chrome
which is a remake of one from here http://penguinpetes.com/b2evo/index.php?p=351 (2007 - nothing is new). but worth looking at.

Bump mapping comes into most logo's. A bit about it here http://gimpforums.com/thread-basic-concepts
I just see your request for either in gif's or text. Not a hope in hell. The video is 1280x720 @ 15 fps and I make them in video because text and accompanying screenshots take forever. Life is too short.

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