Simple GIMP Tutorial

Discussion in 'Signature/General Pics Upload' started by Marcel, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    #1 Marcel, Jun 8, 2010
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
    Hi Jan (and for all others interested),

    Here a small tutorial making a simple sig from your Lightning pictures. We're going to make the lightning fly through a hole in a paper. I once did this with Paintshop for my former siggy and this is the simple version with GIMP.
    GIMP is a freeware Picture editor, comparable to Photoshop and Paintshop. It is actually better thain Paintshop and almost as powerfull as Photoshop. You can download it here.

    Note: I use a Dutch version of Linux and thus a Dutch version of GIMP. The names of the menu's etc. might be different than my poor translation.:

    1. Find a nice picture of a hole in a paper, preferably as big as possible and open it in GIMP. I found one here: (Note that I found one which was already transparent in the middle)
    1.jpg

    2. resize (Scale the picture, so it is as high as the picture of the Lightning (in this case 425 pixels hight
    2.jpg

    3. Now match the width of the Lightning (optional) by enlarging the Canvas
    3.jpg

    4. Open the picture of the Lightning in GIMP, and copy it (select copy in the menu or pres ctrl+c). Then paste it as a layer in the first picture. In the layer window, drag the layer with the plane below the one with the hole. You could make the hole transparent, in my case it already was, so you can see through the hole.
    4.jpg

    5. Now we have to make the front of the aircraft point through the hole. We can do this by using the 'mask' technique. But first make the top layer (with hole) a little transparant by setting the opacy lower. Now you can see what you're doing.
    5.jpg

    To be continued....
     
  2. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    6. Now select the top layer and add a mask to it (In layers->Mask). There doesn't seem to happen anything. The mask must be 'white' which means that the connecting layer is non-transparent. The fun part is that the layer will become transparent were-ever you paint the mask black. Be sure you select the mask first before painting black, or else you would paint the real layer black and you dont want to do that :) So what you do now is select the mask (right to the top-layer), use the pen-tool, set the foreground-color to black and paint every part that has to be in front of the paper black. Here I use the magic-selection tool to help me stay within lines.
    6.jpg
    And finished the mask painting:
    7.jpg

    7. Time for your name. Select the letter 'A' in the toolbox, select a font you like and click anywhere in the picture (you can drag it elsewhere later). Type the text you want (Luck13)
    8.jpg

    8. Add a little shadow with the shadow-filter:
    9.jpg

    9. Crop the picture to get rid of unnecessary free space around the picture.
    10.jpg

    And......
     
  3. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    #3 Marcel, Jun 8, 2010
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
    Almost done. First resize it to Forum's regulations (200 pixels high and safe it as a jpg-file.
    You're done:
    Lucky.jpg

    Ah well, it's a little small perhaps. Maybe you could do better?

    Well Jan, now you can't say you cannot make a siggy yourself :lol:.
     
  4. mudpuppy

    mudpuppy Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    646
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Appalachian Foothills in Virginia
    Very good tutorial....I think. ;) Step 6 in your post #2 looks like it may be the most complicated. I'm a total noob at this so it ought to be fun.
    Thanks
    Derek
     
  5. Wurger

    Wurger Siggy Master
    Staff Member Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2005
    Messages:
    47,527
    Likes Received:
    1,408
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    A retired military Navigator/ATC, FIS controller
    Location:
    Poland
    Well done Marcel. :thumbright:
     
  6. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,714
    Likes Received:
    1,053
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Nice work mate, cheers! Will try again this weekend....
     
  7. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    Nice work with Gimp Marcel. I really like that program, but since I have free access to Photoshop, I use it more.
     
  8. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    Thanks, I use Linux instead of Windows since a year or so. So I had to move to GIMP. I was surprised how powerful it was. Definately better then Correl Paintshop Pro, which costs around 70 euros. And this is free, unbelievable.
     
  9. Thorlifter

    Thorlifter Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2004
    Messages:
    7,905
    Likes Received:
    189
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Occupation:
    IT Nerd
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx Jubail, Saudi Arabia
    yeah, that's the amazing part.....being open source and free.

    Just FYI, but there is an open source version of MicroSoft Office that is free.

    OpenOffice Download
     
  10. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    I know, it usually comes standard with most Linux versions (at least mine). It's even compatible with MS, apart from VBA macro's. That's the nice part of Linux. It's not only an OS, but comes standard with all the software you'll need.
     
  11. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,714
    Likes Received:
    1,053
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Need to see if I can get this to work, thanks again Marcel.....:thumbright:
     
  12. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,064
    Likes Received:
    655
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Wow, wished I had noticed this several months ago. Thanks Marcel!
     
  13. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    My pleasure. I'm planning on a 3D tutorial with GIMP like in my older siggy below. Stay tuned...
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,714
    Likes Received:
    1,053
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Pain in the neck finding suitable framing for the siggy...! :( :lol:
     
  15. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    If you need help, Jan, just ask, always willing to help. Best in your own thread, so as not to hijack this thread. :)
     
  16. Lucky13

    Lucky13 Forum Mascot

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    36,714
    Likes Received:
    1,053
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Nightshift picker
    Location:
    A Swede living in Glasgow, Scotland
    Home Page:
    Of course Marcel, don't you worry about that. :D Just trying to find suitable 'framing' to work from....:lol:

    ....and thanks, I'm gonna need all the help I can get! :oops: :lol:
     
  17. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2009
    Messages:
    24,064
    Likes Received:
    655
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Korporate Kontrolleur
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Nice Marcel! I love the Fokker T.5!
     
  18. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    Thanks, it was one of my earlier siggies.
     
  19. Njaco

    Njaco The Pop-Tart Whisperer
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2007
    Messages:
    23,052
    Likes Received:
    993
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Occupation:
    Animal Control Officer
    Location:
    Southern New Jersey
    Marcel, do you mind if I add to this? Such as resizing pics and another way of working with layers, fonts, etc?
     
  20. Marcel

    Marcel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2006
    Messages:
    6,976
    Likes Received:
    570
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bioinformatician
    Location:
    Dordrecht
    Please do. The more info, the better.
     
Loading...

Share This Page