Monday, November 21, 2011

GIMP Tutorial: Easy Border Layer Masks Using GIMP

Making your own layer masks for borders/framing is fairly easy to accomplish using GIMP.

Meet Doug (I really like his cool hat). I found Doug's picture here while looking for information on photo filters and PS actionscripts.

The image:

1. Open your image and establish a center guide on your image for your selection (you can use either rectangle or ellipse selections, doesn't matter)

2. Create a new layer, move it to the bottom, flood fill it with any color of your choice, or use a pattern or background image, the choice is yours.

3. Create a new transparent layer, move it to the top, change layer mode to screen so you can see the image layer under it, flood fill that layer with black. (We're creating the selection mask on this layer)

4. Create your selection, and center it on the top "mask" layer filled with black, flood fill the new selection with white. Select - None.

5. Use Gaussian blur of 75px on the mask layer.

6. Filters - Artistic - Cubism: tile size 6, saturation 3.2, use background should be checked.

7. Edit - Cut the mask layer

8. On the image layer, right click in dialog, add mask layer, choose default settings. Edit - Paste. Anchor the floating selection.

9. Your done. But you can now replace the bottom background layer with ANYTHING you want simply by replacing it with a pattern, another image, or different color.

I'll be using the image of Doug to show how to create your own border layer mask using GIMP. Check out the video tutorial below (best viewed full screen):

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 21st is International GIMP Day!

The first beta release of GIMP occurred on November 21, 1995.

Show your support by creating your own GIMP splash using GIMP and then share it with others.

My new GIMP splash screen for the upcoming 2.8:

(Click image for a larger view)

If you like it, feel free to use it as your own GIMP splash screen.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GIMP Tutorial: Create Cool Text Art From Your Photographs Using GIMP

From this:

To this:
Take almost any image and convert it to text art using GIMP's GIMPressionist filter. Two things you need to know right off the bat:
1) You'll need to create a GIMPressionist brush (using a .pgm extension,NOT .gbr or .gih) and upload it to .gimp-2.6/gimpressionist/Brushes. You can make your text brush however you wish, unique to you. If yourgimpressionist folder doesn't have a Brushes folder, you'll need to create one or the brush may not work.
2) You'll need to use an updated version of G'MIC and Tom Kiel'sPhotoIllustration filter. You'll see me point out the Dragan preset in G'MIC, but I created that preset personally. You'll need to go toArtistic/PhotoIllustration and input the settings provided below and save the preset to your Faves. Run the filter a second time or run Colors – Curvesto darken it further:

My GIMPressionist brush looks like the following (feel free to use it, if you want, just be sure to change the extension to .pgm):

Now the video:

Best viewed FULL SCREEN.
Enjoy! :)