Monday, April 19, 2010

GIMP Tutorial: Make Your Own Ladybug *Beginners*

This would be an ideal tutorial for scrapbookers and crafters who create computer graphics for their photo albums.

Step 1:

Open any size drawing to suit (I used 640 x 640px), with a white background, and create a second transparent layer.

On the transparent layer, center a circle using the Ellipse tool to about 1/4th the size of the drawing. Save the circle as a path (Select - To Path). Deactivate the original selection and open the paths dialog to activate your new path selection:

Step 2:

Set your foreground and background colors to d40606 and 790000. Use settings as shown:

Drag your Blend tool like so:

The result should look like this:

Step 3:

Create a new transparent layer. Select the Ellipse tool and add another circle as shown:

Set your foreground to white, and using the Blend tool, select the settings as shown:

Drag your Blend tool like shown:

The result:

Step 4:

Create a new transparent layer.

Using the Path tool, create a path across the center of the circle, as shown:
Set foreground to black, and in the Path dialog, right click the new path and select Stroke Path. You don't want the stroke to be too thick or too thin. I used 6px for my line width. Drag the stroked path layer under the white ellipse layer.
Step 5:

Create a new transparent layer.

Drag the newly created layer under the red circle layer.

Using the Ellipse tool, drag a circle like shown:

With foreground and background colors set to 3b3b3b and black, use the Blend tool with shape set to radial (same settings as shown with red circle, only the colors are changed).

We need to create a white reflective area for the head just like the body. So create a new transparent layer and follow step 3, only on a smaller scale. The result should be similar to this:

Step 6:

The ladybug trademark polka-dots. The polka dots needs to be on a new transparent layer located between the red body layer and white body reflection layer. So create a new transparent layer and drag it to the right spot in the layer dialog. Here is a screenshot of how my layers are set up at this point:

Take the easy way out and create one set of polka dots on one half of the ladybug body, duplicate the layer, then flip it vertically:

Duplicated and flipped, vertically

Step 7:

The legs and antennae should be on a layer under the head layer, so create a new transparent layer, drag it under the head layer. Again, save time by creating the legs and antennae on one half of the body, duplicate the finished layer and flip it vertically.

I used the Airbrush with the circle brush 005 set at 1 scale, foreground color set to black. Increase the size of the circle brush for the little nubs on the ends of the antennae. For the legs, I used the Path tool and Stroke Path w/ Taper script (found here).

Your finished half layer result should look like the following:

Duplicate and flipped

Save the file as a .xcf so you can use it later to manipulate it, change colors, or dots, etc.

Finally, about the Stroke Path w/ Taper script. Once loaded, its found under the Edit menu. It strokes in the direction that you set the node points. Take heed to the settings prompt on how you want your stroke lines to taper, including joints and miters under Line Style. You can leave the defaults set for Exponent and Tolerance. Make sure your foreground color is set to black. These are the settings I used for the legs you see in the above image:

That's it! Thanks for visiting my site!


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