Sunday, August 9, 2009

Stepping Outside The GIMP: Getting Ornate With Online Tutorials

Image borrowed from website - This is NOT my graphic

I spend a great deal of time online searching for and testing GIMP tutorials. Not because I want to bring something back and make a tutorial out of it, but because my mind, being like a sponge, always seeks the best way or best technique to use GIMP, Paint Shop Pro, or Photoshop. Fortunately, I ran across a GIMP tutorial that is a translation of one done in Photoshop. Now, let me say that both tutorials are extraordinary, with awesome tips and techniques. If you want to check them out, click here (thanks sglider12!) for the GIMP version, and here (thanks Alex!) for the PSD version.

Now, I'm not complaining, both authors did a remarkable job bringing us the tutorials with extensive instructions, for that I applaud them. But I wanted to step outside the box and make the design my own. Since I was sort of craving a hot fudge and caramel ice cream sundae, I figured why not take the above tutorial(s) in that direction, using different designs and fonts, and playing with a grunge-like background theme. So, that is what I did and ended up with this (click on the image if you want to see it at 100%):

I added some waffle pattern to the image, to portray my favorite waffle cone, in the image below:

If you're interested in knowing what fonts I used or what steps I did differently, leave a comment. For the most part, I followed the GIMP tutorial, but left a few steps out because I ran out of time. There is nothing wrong with not following a tutorial completely. I personally encourage everyone to make designs their own, by tapping into their creative side, and using a bit of imagination. I do recommend that you try to follow the original tutorial as close as you can a few times before striking out on your own, just so you can get familiar with the effects and scripts used. After you get those down-pat, take the ornate to a whole new level. Have some fun!

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If you intend to comment to complain about being unable to perform certain steps with tutorials, please explain where you are in the step process and what step you are unable to get to work correctly, instead of saying something like, "I can't do this!". Your comments will help get tutorial corrections made and help give clarification to future viewers who may have trouble in the same locations. Thank you. :)