GIMP- what is everyones best work created?

ChickenFanatic

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sorry it is hard to put a good description in a short title.

what is everyones best/favourite piece of work of their own,created only with GIMP?
it has to be completely created with GIMP from scratch,not a bog standard image manipulation.:wink:


am useless with technical graphics design due to having significant limitations from disabilities but there is an ocasion when something just goes right and it looks amazing [to self that is, it may look like a persian cat dragged through a hedge backwards for all we know].
one of those rare images is this-
designed it as a facebook 'wall cover',love this sort of colourful blending imagery.

[edit] for some reason,thats the jpg version,have got the png version somewhere which looks a load better.
 

Pauline

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The other day I was in a tech shop and noticed a graphics tablet for drawing. Sort of reminds me of that when I saw your thread. I think there has to be an added dimension before one can become truly creative with GIMP. I'm tempted now to go buy that gadget and see whether I'm good at creating something from scratch.
 

GigaGreg

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Pauline said:
The other day I was in a tech shop and noticed a graphics tablet for drawing. Sort of reminds me of that when I saw your thread. I think there has to be an added dimension before one can become truly creative with GIMP. I'm tempted now to go buy that gadget and see whether I'm good at creating something from scratch.

If you want to draw on tablet, then you have to have a very good hand with drawning on the paper ;)
 

Pauline

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Aha. So that's probably what needs to happen first ig. I should see how I do with drawing on paper first. I always thought that drawing on tablet all of the imperfections may be manipulated out with online software. But maybe not?
 

GigaGreg

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Yeah it can be, you can even use the MS Paint, it doesnt matter what software do you use,but the tablet has to be compatibile with your operating system.
 

Anomie

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I'm going to do some Gimp for my site's splash page and have fairly limited experience with it.

What is the most helpful Gimp forum for asking questions and getting help?

Thanks!
 

Genesis

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Just Google anything you need to know. The collective overall has more value than any detailed group because there are just so many of those. If you still want one specific database, then check out the Gimp documentation on gimp.org which is very extensive.
 

Anomie

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Genesis said:
Just Google anything you need to know. The collective overall has more value than any detailed group because there are just so many of those. If you still want one specific database, then check out the Gimp documentation on gimp.org which is very extensive.

I think one of the problems I face with this is that I don't know the obscure jargon in order to ask for what I need to know. Every process has a (somewhat arbitrary) name, and I don't know it.

For example, one thing I need to do is change one color throughout an image to a different color. I know there must be a name for this process, ""How do I ______?" but I don't know what it is.

"_______ing in Gimp" would immediately get me a good selection of how-tos on Google...but I don't have even that information.

Likewise things like making torn edges on images, etc., etc, etc.
 

Genesis

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Anomie said:
Genesis said:
Just Google anything you need to know. The collective overall has more value than any detailed group because there are just so many of those. If you still want one specific database, then check out the Gimp documentation on gimp.org which is very extensive.

I think one of the problems I face with this is that I don't know the obscure jargon in order to ask for what I need to know. Every process has a (somewhat arbitrary) name, and I don't know it.
Think I can relate to that. Takes me many more attempts than just one to get results. And sometimes I don't get any at all. Not only for Gimp however, for most searches. Either there are too many results available, or too few.
 

Anomie

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Genesis said:
Either there are too many results available, or too few.

And they're frequently too old or outdated, and Google user-defined parameters only limits searches to a year or less, so you lose a lot if you can't go back, say, three years, but not seven or eight.

Still, I'm having better luck than previously -- though the results of peoples' individual kludges usually leave a lot to be desired.

I'll keep digging.
 

Genesis

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Anomie said:
For example, one thing I need to do is change one color throughout an image to a different color. I know there must be a name for this process, ""How do I ______?" but I don't know what it is.
OK this one I think I can help with.

1. There is a colour tool on the very right hand side of the top row of the GIMP tool bar. It consists of colours. Click on that and then use the colour tool to select the colour in the image you'd like to change universally.

2. Then change the fore ground colour box (the big colour box) to the colour you want to change the selected colour to.

3. Then set the paint brush tool (fifth row in tool bar second from right) to the biggest brush.

4. Then use the paint brush tool to change the colour universally of the image.
 

Pauline

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GIMP is very easy to learn. There are plenty of tutorials in YouTube. Probably a good idea to get a more comprehensive tutorial and spend some time to work through one of those. I've picked up many tips that way.
 

Anomie

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To get more specific, EXACTLY what I'm trying to do is get a hard-edge photograph made with the Olympus "Punk" filter (a random Googled example of which is here: https://tinyurl.com/l57lvys ) to cleanly switch the hot lavender-pink to a different color of my choosing.

I know in general terms there are at least two completely different approaches to this problem, and several ways to go about each of them, but the ways I've tried so far didn't quite work, with traces of the pink left.

[Another final option would be to put the hard-edge black subject on a subtle background rather than a solid color.]

When completed, this photograph will be converted to one top-to-bottom panel of four within a 16:9 collage graphic for the splash page.

Carefully manipulating the placement and respective widths of these four panels will probably require a good knowledge of working with layers as well.

I'm sure anyone who regularly doinks around with Gimp would find these routine tasks childishly simple, but it's just more learning-curve drudgery to me, and something to be minimized or delegated.
 

Anomie

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Pauline said:
Probably a good idea to get a more comprehensive tutorial and spend some time to work through one of those.

I was able to request 2013's The Book of Gimp from my local library and have downloaded the online version in the meantime.

We'll see how that goes. ;)
 

Serven

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I don't know what I'd do without GIMP. One of the most user-friendly and easiest free graphics editors around.
 

Anomie

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Serven said:
One of the most user-friendly and easiest free graphics editors around.
I think the problem I have with Gimp is its lack of the well-developed plugins PhotoShop has. Gimp stuff is kind of kludgy and ad hoc, like Linux. I could be wrong about that, and I hope I am, but I'm just not seeing the time-saving organization I'd like to so far.

We'll see. With any luck, I won't have to do much graphics work.
 

celes

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For non extensive design work, GIMP is a great application, but the lack of professional plugins of private companies that are standar in industry is a big problem. But for a serious amateur and many pro works, is enough and simplier than Adobe suite.
 

perfumesmujeres

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I usually use photoshop, and gimp is so hard for me. I don't know why exactly. Because bouth are similar, but for me GIMP is impossible to work