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GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Alison on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:37 pm

They can be found and downloaded here http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/gimpbrushes/

There are several abstract brushes that are used for amazing effects. Here is a tutorial exploring the use of those brushes!:

STEP 1: BACKGROUND
1. So first, go to new, and make the size 400x130
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

2. Now we are going to make a background, so pick your specific colors that you want.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
I'm using a red/black color. So make your foreground color "911919"
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
And your background color "1b0000"
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

3. Then take your blend tool, and drag your line strait up (or down)
It should look like this. (TIP: Hold ctrl for a strait line)
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
4. Now we are going to put a nice design on the background.
I'm using some downloaded brushes, you can get these
"http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/gimpbrushes. To put
these into gimp (courtesy of lozzykate) Once you have downloaded the
brushes that you like, you then have to install them into GIMP. Before
you do that though, you have to unzip the ZIP folders that you
downloaded.
When you click on you folder that you saved, you need to unzip it.. To
unzip it, right click on the folder, click extract all, then click
extract. Once you have an unzipped folder. Now, once your folder is
unzipped select all of them (Ctrl + A)
Now, what you are going to do then is copy everything. To do that, hit Ctrl + C on your keyboard.
From there, you are then going to go to Start > Computer > OS (C: )
> Program Files > GIMP-2.0 > share > gimp > 2.0 >
brushes.Once you are there, you then hit Ctrl + V on your keyboard to
paste the files into your brushes folder.

Now, I am using one called "Axeraider70 Winter Breeze" You can get it here.

5. Now, click on your brushes
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then MAKE A NEW LAYER and make your design.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

6. Now copy the Layer
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then right click on the copied layer, then hit "alpha to selection"
You should then get a "Marching Ants" Effect. Like so.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

7. Then go to Select > Grow, and grow by two.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then hit Select > Feather and make this value 2.000
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

8. Then change your Foreground color to "d54c4c"
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
and your background color white. Then use your blend tool and you should come out with something like this.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

STEP 2: STARTING THE SIG
Now we are going to start the Manga portion of this sig.

1. Make a new image with the settings of 400x500 (transparency)
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

2. Then merge the background together by pressing (Ctrl + M)
Then press (Ctrl + A) then (Ctrl + C) and go to the new image and press (Ctrl + V).
Then make a new layer. http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

3. For this signature, I'm using a page from the Zelda OoT manga. You can get this picture here.
Then insert it as a new layer. http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

4. Now take your Free Select tool and select all around Link, like so. (This may take awhile)
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then press (Ctrl + I) and then press your delete key.
Now delete any other blank areas http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
It should now look like this. http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

STEP 3: COLORING IN THE MANGA

1. The Hat: Now, select his hat http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then go to Color > Colorize and Use these settings, I'm using red to match the background, but you can use what you want. http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

2. Belt: Brown http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Gold http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

Skin Go to Colors > Color Balance http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Highlights http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Midtones http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Shadows http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

Eyes http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

Hair
Midtones http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Highlights http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Shadows http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

Master Sword http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

Sheild Use the Magic Wand Tool...(I can't remember the name) and
Select around the Edge then go to Colors > Brightness and Contrast.
Make it these settings http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then go to Edit > Stroke Selection. Then use these settings http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Make Sure to do Boots, ears, sheath, and tunic!
It should now look like this. http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

STEP 4: TEXT
Now let's make some cool text!

1. You may type in whatever you want, but I'm using something different.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Now choose your text, and copy the layer.
The go to select > grow and grow by two, then use your blend tool to make a cool background.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then, duplicate the text, then right click and hit alpha to selection.
Then fill with black, the go to filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and make this value 10.
Then set the opacity on the shadow layer to 60. Then Merge the text layers down.
It should then look like this.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

2. Now we are going to give the text a nice gloss.
So then select the rectangular select tool with these settings.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then hit alpha to section and select about this amount of you text.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Make a new layer, then make your foreground color white, and select your blend tool.
Make the gradient set to transparency. http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
I did it to both sides, but it should come out like this.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

STEP 5: THE FINAL STEPS

1. Now, press Ctrl + M to merge all your layers.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif

2.The right-click on the layer and hit Alpha to selection. Then make a new layer.
http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
Then go to select > grow and grow by two. Then make your foreground color a red and press (Ctrl + ,)

4. I also added a lens flare, you can do so by going to Colors > Lighting Effects > Lens flare.

3. Then go to File > Save as.. and name it, AND SAVE AS A PNG other wise it won't be transparent in the background.


The result should turn out like this.

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Link on Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:01 pm

HOLY CRAP. THIS IS FREAKING AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH ALISON!

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Kirby9723 on Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:11 am

This is a spectacular guide. You know, I'm thinking about asking Alison to do something Kirby related. That is, if you don't mind.
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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by StarOcean3FanGirl on Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:37 pm

Open your image.
Select the area you want to make transparent.
Select the appropriate selection tool from the Tool window
or the Tools - Selection Tools menu on the Layer window. I usually use
the magic wand/fuzzy select (Select contiguous region) tool or the
Select regions by color tool.
Click in the region you want selected. Use shift-click to add more regions/colors.
Tip: It's easier if you zoom in (View - Zoom menu) to see finer details of exactly what you're selecting.


[*]In the Layer window (the one showing your image), select Layer -
Transparency - Add Alpha Channel. If this is blanked out then it's
already done. This makes sure your image can store transparency data.
Select Edit - Clear. This makes the selection transparent.
Save the file.

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Link on Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:30 am

teaches me how to make transparencies? I like!

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Claire on Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:27 pm



I didn't get the perfect workout, but this works right?

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Saria on Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:35 pm

Claire, that is a really spectacular piece of artwork. It is the forum logo now, thank you so much for your contribution! : )

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by VentusXII on Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:17 pm

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by TheGoronLink on Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:44 pm

that is really cool can anyone tell me how to download good brushes and what brushes to download thanks

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Re: GIMP - Abstract Brushes

Post by Claire on Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:25 pm

Well, first of all you can get really good brushes here:
http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=GIMP+Brushes

Secondly, you can download the AxeRaider brushes which are pretty good, then there is a Heart set, which I'll be testing out soon. I'll be downloading a LOT of brushes and soon hopefully I will explain which ones look good on what kinds of art.

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