Category Archives: GIMP

GIMP “goat invasion” builds

In addition to my trunk Inkscape builds, i have also started building trunk builds of the GIMP “Goat Invasion”. The “goat invasion” builds of the GIMP are basically what GIMP 2.10 will be with all the GEGL library goodness (this blog post is a good outline of some of the improvements GEGL provides the GIMP).

Note that currently only the 64bit version of these builds on Fedora 19 is available. If there is enough demand i may build for other targets.

To set this up on your Fedora machine, first download the .repo file:

sudo curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-gimp-goat-invasion.repo

Then tell yum to update inkscape:

sudo yum update gimp

Fedora 9 animated banner – take 2

Okies, here is the v.2 of the fedora 9 banner that i originally posted yesterday…

And here is v.1 from yesterday for comparison:

Despite what I said yesterday, i am pretty happy with both designs, so i will post the sources up on the fedora wiki

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Fedora 9 animated banner

Here is a quick banner that i threw together in Inkscape + the GIMP for the upcoming Fedora 9 release. I dont think this is the one that ill submit officially to fedora-art, but i wanted to throw it up so people can see it.

I’m not fully happy with the positioning of the text that appears at the end, but ill fix that up later…
Shoot me a message if you are on the fedora-art team and want the source files (.xcf, .svg and all the frames in .png)

Issue 1 of ‘Code:Free’ – an Art Magazine for FOSS artists

chrisdesign has launched a new PDF magazine entitled ‘Code:Free’ and it is loaded to the brim with awesome examples of artwork created using Free Software. As can be expected, the majority of the art was created with Inkscape and the GIMP, but there are also some nice Open Clip Art remixes thrown in to mix it up a bit. Chrisdesign also writes some tutorials (some of which i have featured on the inkscape tutorials weblog) so be sure to browse his blog.

Be sure to check it out and support the growing number of artists using FOSS to create stunning works!

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splatter brushes for inkscape

once again, nicu has inspired me to play with inkscape, and using “brushes” for inscape.
i found some splatterbrushes for the GIMP at deviantart,
so i decided to vectorise them with inkscape and try to use them.

here is what i ended up with:


The original brushes (for the GIMP) can be found here:

Here is my SVGz file of these “brushes” (each path is an individual brush) :

For info on how to use “brushes” in inkscape – have a look at nicu’s tutorial 

reflective 3D like text in the GIMP

Inspired by Nicu’s GIMP tutorial – make your subject pop out i decided to publish my lame tutorial on my blog. i know its a simple process that almost evryone knows, but in case you dont, here is how i do this…

This Tutorial shows you how so make simple 3D like text with a refection on the ground. Enough of me trying to describe it… here is what you are aiming to do:

Step One:

The first step is to write the text that you want.

Step Two

What to do next is to create the 3D look for your text.

1. Create a new transparent layer underneath your text

2. Select the outline of the text -> make sure the text layer is selected -> right click on the text layer in the layer dialog -> choose “Alpha to Selection”

3. Grow the selection out (i did it by 2 pixels) Select Menu -> Grow…

4. Select the new transparent layer that you created

5. Change the colour to one slightly lighter or darker than your text colour

6. Fill the selection with the bucket fill

7. Cancel the selection and bevel the edges Script-fu->Decor->bevel edges

it should look something like this:

Step Three

Now we need to create the “reflection”.

1. Merge the text down into the other layer.

2. Duplicate the layer by right-clicking on it in the layer dialog box and choosing “Duplicate Layer”,

3. Mirror the newly duplicated layer by choosing Layer->Transform->Flip Vertically

4. Move the reflection layer into place under the normal text.

it should look something like this:

Step Four

now we have to make the reflection look a bitmore like a reflection…

Here i put a background layer of white behind everything…..

1. Select the reflected text layer and magic wand the background

2. Invert the selection (Select->Invert)

3. Create another transparent layer on top of the layer that contains the “reflected” text

4. Set the Foreground colour to white, and choose the gradient FG to Transparent.

5. Gradient fill the new layer you created, to create an effect like the text is fading out to the bottom.

it should look something like this:

Step Five

After this, i added a simple Black to White gradient from the floor-up to add a bit more perspective….


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