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Who I am and Why I'm here

May 23, 2014, 01:07
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Who I am and Why I'm here
Hi All,
I same here because I have a project I aim to undertake that requires me to, rather quickly, acquire and implement a skill-set in digital image editing and manipulation and I chose GIMP as my tool of choice because it is free and, more importantly, open source. The ideals behind it are appealing and I have found it, thus far, no more confusing than its extremely expensive alternative in PhotoShop. That being said, however, I am an extremely slow self-teacher. Photoshop, and likewise GIMP, overwhelm me with their vast array of options and tools and I seek assistance in cutting through the bulk of the learning curve to grasp at the specific tools and techniques that I will need to know and master to work on my project.

I am an aspiring comic book creator, writer and letterer (I leave the bulk of the art duties outside of character and concept designs to my collaborators) and I look to develop my own unique style of lettering, a fusion between hand-drawn elements and digital tools in an attempt to make lettering feel more at home on the comic page than I feel it often does. Most of the time when I look at the lettering in a comic book it feels as if it has been printed on a sheet of acetate and laid over-top the finished art. It tells the story and communicates the necessary information, but it doesn't do so in a fully complimentary fashion. It feels tacked on, as a needed but unwanted extra, and I aim to ameliorate this problem... but I need help to do so.

I pose this question: if I describe the end results I wish to accomplish will this community be able to help me, by either pointing me to specific tutorials that cover my needs or by directly constructing a guide to suit them?

I look forward to this being a fruitful endeavor.
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May 27, 2014, 03:56
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RE: Who I am and Why I'm here
Let me start by welcoming you to the forums Smile
Second, please do your best to be concise if you ever have an issue or question about Gimp later on, the sooner we can read through it, the sooner we can help you out ^_^

Last, I will address a couple of things in your intro:
(May 23, 2014 01:07)NuclearConvoy Wrote:  .....The ideals behind it are appealing and I have found it, thus far, no more confusing than its extremely expensive alternative in PhotoShop.

I think you mean inexpensive? Wink

Quote:That being said, however, I am an extremely slow self-teacher. Photoshop, and likewise GIMP, overwhelm me with their vast array of options and tools and I seek assistance in cutting through the bulk of the learning curve to grasp at the specific tools and techniques that I will need to know and master to work on my project.

This is where you want to pace yourself, maybe only practice using one or 2 tools at a time. Practice with those & master them, then move on to the next thing. Art takes time & patience, you can't rush it.

Quote:...Most of the time when I look at the lettering in a comic book it feels as if it has been printed on a sheet of acetate and laid over-top the finished art. It tells the story and communicates the necessary information, but it doesn't do so in a fully complimentary fashion.

The thing about comic books are the letters not only convey speech, they convey sound FX too! This is the traditional appearance of comic book text. If it had a more blended in text-fashion, it maybe will turn into a graphic novel or book, comic books have a different style-read like an action movie/show.

Quote:... I pose this question: if I describe the end results I wish to accomplish will this community be able to help me, by either pointing me to specific tutorials that cover my needs or by directly constructing a guide to suit them?

A proper form of asking a question is simply asking it Smile
"Can you point me to a specific tutorial that covers my needs or create a tutorial to suit them?"


See my 'concise' tip above, and also this link:
http://gimpforums.com/thread-tutorials-a...-for-noobs

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