The Bucket Fill Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. On this video, we’re gonna be covering the Bucket Fill Tool which is basically a way in which you can add colors or different patterns to the image that you’re working with. And I’ve touched a little bit on this in a prior video but I just kinda go on over this real quick here.

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Here are the Fill Type and you can toggle back and forth using the Control and/ or Shift key on your keyboard. And this is the Foreground, the Background, or the Pattern Fill. And the foreground is this color. This is the background color here. And the available pattern fill is this guy or this and they’re the same thing. Now then, we’ve got a lot of modes where we can choose from — Normal, Dissolve, Divide, Screen, Overlay, Dodge, Burn, and so on. Let’s go and show it to you from the normal view. Foreground color fill which will gonna be blue and we’re going to pick similar colors. So everything that I’m touching right now that is red is gonna change colors to the foreground.

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Likewise with this one or this one. I hit my Control + Z to back out of these changes here. Try this one. Now the reason why I chose white here but the reason why the rest of this white did not change colors is because it was not contiguous with this. In other words, it wasn’t touching this. And background color the same thing. Change that, change that, change this. And with the pattern fill as our choice here, change that, change that, change that.

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And that’s similar colors. We’ll also show you to the different modes up here and the opacity too. For example, let’s go with “fill whole section”. That way it’s gonna fill this whole thing up here. Let me show you. See just like that. Right now we’re on normal and a hundred percent opacity. In other words, it’s solid. Let’s get out of this and change this to, let’s say, fifty percent. Let’s go to thirty percent. So you can see how it changed the opacity. But it changes the opacity or the transparency. So you can adjust this. Of course, it won’t make any adjustments once it’s already been made until you click on this again. Another thing too I wanna show you is get out of this. Go over here, let’s create. This is our layers dialog box. Let’s create another layer.

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And now we got a blue layer and as you can see it’s basically like a blue piece of paper covering up our image surface on top of the cone and the ice cream drippings. So if we want to adjust the opacity of this as it is, of course we’re gonna adjust the layer. We can move the down wand so now the ice cream cone is on top of this blue paper. Using that analogy, let’s go and back up. We can change the opacity here. And we’ve got similar modes here we can work with —- Dissolve, can mix a little fuzzy and stuff, and so on.

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So that’s one way we can do that too using the dialog box. I think that’s pretty much it, folks. That’s the Bucket Fill. Again, that’s just adding colors to certain sections and of course you can use the fill or the pattern fill. I’m gonna go over this in a different video as far as how to acquire and create additional patterns for your collection here. Okay so that’s pretty much how we can play around with the different options available in the bucket fill tool. Thank you much for watching. I hope you learned something and I think you’re gonna be able to use this quite a bit in your future endeavors. Have a great day!

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How To Create And Install Your Own Brushes

Hello and welcome to this video on the Gimp. Now on this video, we’re gonna cover the Brush Tool a little more in-depth than we did on our prior video but this one is going to show you a little bit more about how you can create your own brush and how you can find some free brushes on the internet and how you can install both those and those you create yourself.

Now here we are at Deviantart.com and again it’s a pretty cool site. It’s free. Once you get registered, come on back and log-in then go to categories, come on down here to Resources, come on up to Application Resources, and Gimp Brushes. There’s over a hundred of them here so play around. Have fun. What I wanna show though is one for filmstrips because well I’m in the video biz. Just click on whichever one that you want to check out. And this is basically what happens and there’s a lot of information in here too, some comments, kind of a form of source for you to give the creator their to let them know how well you like the item. Then you just click on Download and save this to my desktop and if I seem to be going too fast well that’s what the little pause button is down here on our video so I’m gonna try to squeeze much info in this video as possible.

Any who that should be downloaded. There it is. So let’s move this guy down and come on up here. Here we are. Right-click, extract, and I’m using the extraction wizard found inside of Windows. You can do the same thing with Zip. But hey, this is free. That’s free. But this came with the program so now that I got it unzipped, downloaded, open it up. Here are the brushes. So you want to select them all by control key and A on my keyboard. I’m gonna deselect this guy because I don’t need that. It’s just an image. Control key and left-click mouse, right click anywhere in here, left-click on Copy. Now that you are in my clipboard, now then let’s follow that path I showed you. And here we are. You just go to your Windows Explorer on how you’re gonna do it. See Program Files then Gimp. That’s we are here.

Click on that, come on down to Share, come on over to Gimp, and Brushes. Now if you are coming across some gradients that you find, same process — patterns, scripts, themes, same process. For the most part, this is where you go to install. Let’s go to brushes. These are all the brushes that are in there currently. Right-click it that stuff out of my clipboard and paste it here. There we go. Now then we’re almost done with this. We need to go back to our here at the Gimp. And if we look here, we’ll see those brushes are not in here yet. And again, these are those that come as a default. Once you install your Gimp for these are what’s that come along the program. So now to get those that we just downloaded and pasted into that folder into here so we can use them. First, you gotta go to file, dialogs, down here to these brushes, and then you don’t see it down here yet, click the refresh button and now they are there.

Same process if you download any other brushes. How you can get them in there. Then the same process if you create your own brushes which we’re gonna do here in a second. And copy/paste into that folder, come back here — file, dialog, brushes, refresh. That’s how you do it. Now then, we can see they are now in here. And I’m just gonna give you a quick rundown. Let’s get us a new palette open up here, 250 by 250. Let’s get one of those filmstrips in here and that’s not very big. You can adjust the size obviously here. There’s a different color in there. There you go. Different angle. Okay, you get the idea. Now you can use something like this. Just create your own little collage. You can create something like this for safe. What I would do and we’ll do especially on an upcoming video is use this as a background for a DVD e-cover that we’re gonna go over. Again, that’s gonna be in a different video. But just some of the cool things that you can do spend some time, go out and find this some brushes. Again, don’t spend much money whenever they’re free for crying out loud. Get you some free brushes and install them and if you got a wild hair and an imagination you can also create your own and that’s what we’re gonna do now. First thing I’m gonna do is pull this cat up and now then what I’m gonna show you is how to create this using a 250 by 250. Ideally, you might want something smaller like a 50 by 50 or 20 by 20. That way you want to adjust the scale that much but in either case.

And I’m not much of an artist folks so good laugh in there in the back. I hear you. That, by the way, is a foot if you have guessed. Now then, once you created your little masterpiece, to make this a brush come on up here to file, Save As, and I’m gonna save it on the desktop here just for ease of finding. Then whatever you name it, for example, foot. You gotta end it with “.gbr” because that just tells the software that “hey, this is in fact a brush.” Click on Save. This comes up, just click on Save. Get this guy out and then minimize that. Now we shall install the foot just like we did the other, the ones we downloaded. Go to Brush, right-click anywhere, paste it because you know it was in my clipboard and then come on back here. Bring it over — File, Dialog, Brushes, Refresh. There’s my foot right there. Go to that, bring up my clean canvass, and get my foot there. Too big. That’s right. So let’s make this guy a little bit smaller here. There we go. Cool, huh? Anyway, that folks is how you create your own brushes and that’s how you can find some cool free brushes on the internet, download them, and also how you can install them yourself. So, have fun with this. Enjoy it. Hope you learned something from the video and by all means, have a great day!

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The Brush Tools (Part 2)

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, we’re gonna be covering some of the final tools in our toolbox and mainly these deal with working on digital images or stock photos which I do not do hardly at all so I may be a little bit rusty in my explanation. So if you find that I may be a skimming over some important parts, well now you know why.

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Now another thing too I wanna get into real quick like is that I find that these are not all the tools. There’s actually a few more here that deal again with mostly digital imagery or stock photos and those are called Color Tools. Now what you can do is over here in my dialog box, you can click on this area and this is just one way you can get in there. There’s several other but go to Add Tab, come on down here to the bottom almost to the Tools, and click on that.

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This brings up every available tool that you have through disposal. Now most all these other ones we’ve got in our toolbox currently. You scroll on down here on the bottom and you’ll see all these here. That over on the left-hand side you not have the eyeball shown, these are all the Color Tools that are not in our toolbox. Now if you activate the eyeballs so that you can see them, look at it like that, then you see it pops up here in our toolbox. One reason why I wanna bring this up is that so in case you find yourself not using any of these or few of these tools on an ongoing basis, then you can clean them up. You don’t have to have them in your toolbox. You can always acquire them later on.  You know like these guys here, you can hardly ever use these. I do so I’m gonna have them in my toolbox but it just gives you that much more room in your toolbox. So again, you’re more than welcome to customize your toolbox and now you know a little bit more about how to do that. Now let’s say we’ve got an image here that you wanna show how this work real quick. And you just click on these guys and you see there’s hardly any options. Actually there’s no options. There’s one of these Color Tool items that have options of the six or seven that there are but what you do to activate these is you simply click on your image and there you have it. And if you screw something up, well you can always hit the Reset button.

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If you go too far on the Saturation, Lightness, Hue, you can always hit the Reset button and go back to where it was in the beginning. So that’s your Color Tools and how you can add and subtract tools in your toolbox. Just wanna bring that up. I have not done that yet. So far, I needed the prior videos. Now what we’re gonna be talking about here is the Clone Tool, the Healing Tool, the Perspective Clone Tool, the Blur and Sharpened Tool, the Smudge Tool, and the Burn and Dodge Tool. I guess I better rid these guys here because they are just in my way right now.  So goodbye to this. This side of there go back to my Color. Now then the Clone Tool, ideally what I find this is used for is to, let’s say for example, you’ve got a.. Well, let’s just open up a image real quick here. One that I’ve been working on here. This is our striped donkey. Some people call them a Zebra. So let’s say that I want a herd of Zebra in this image but I can only find one at the time I took the picture. So this is how you can do this. You can just clone this character, and here, and here, and here, then you can clone all three of those for over here and before you know it, you’ve got a whole bunch of Zebras where originally there’s just one. Of course, they are all gonna look exactly the same as this guy here so I won’t say nothing if you don’t. So let’s go ahead and jump right into this here and what we’re gonna do is click on this. We can see the options here. Now most of these guys have got similar options as we kinda click on there we’ll see.

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Now some of them will have the Modes grayed out. But the rest of them will not. And as far as the Mode, they all have basically the same, a bunch. So I’m not gonna jump in to any of these. You’re more than welcome to test them yourself. For the most part, we’ll leave Mode on normal. And the Dodge and Burn results are grayed out. So let’s go into the Clone here and I’m basically just gonna leave everything as default. The brush size or the scale is pretty decent size here and it can speed things up. If you’re working with finer items, maybe this blade of grass you want over here, well then you can always knock the scale back a little bit to where it becomes invisible. But if you got the picture blown up, using the magnifying tool, then it might be a little bit easier to work with those finer items. So let’s zoom this zebra back out. You can also go down here to 13%, a 100%, or however you wanna float it. But we’re gonna go back to the 25% so you can see more of the image for the sake of this video. Okay so back to our Cloning Tool and what we wanna do first off is hold your control button down. This is where you’re going to select your subject. The subject is what I’m going to copy over into the destination. So the subject is this zebra guy here and hold the control button down and click. Now we’ve got a subject point. Now then over here, just try moving back and forth. Undo this because I wanna make this guy a little bit bigger just for the sake of the video.

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Okay subject point still clicked and get the zebra in here fairly clicked like and the more you do of this, the better you’re gonna get at it. I’m sure you’ll find at times when you wanna do this. You’ve got that wedding photo that’s perfect except that you’re drunken uncle with a lamp shade on his head happens to be in it, well you can use something like this to get rid of the drunken uncle with the lamp shade over his head and just don’t tell him because he probably won’t remember it anyway. That’s one way that you can use the Cloning Tool and as far as the Healing Tool, let’s say that for example you’ve got a picture of your fiancé or whatever and it’s just a beautiful picture except for that one little smudge or you’d like to think it was a smudge on the tip of their nose and you wanna get rid of that smudge, well that’s where this Healing Tool will come into play. And since I don’t have a picture of your fiancé, what I can do is use the backside of this striped donkey. So let’s go ahead and zoom in here. I’ll use this guy down here and we’ll go to two hundred. Let’s go on over here.

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These are those blemishes I was talking about might be on your fiancé’s image that aside from that, it’s a beautiful image. So we wanna get rid of these blemishes. I mean, how tactful can I be? So let’s go over here to the Healing Brush and it’s somewhat similar in the Cloning Tool because you are taking a portion or a subject pixels are what you want to be in place of the destination pixels. So consider this black dots we want it to be white. So we hold the control button down on our keyboard and then left mouse click and then we want to just left mouse click on the blemishes and that will make them the same color as our destination. Now these are a little bit darker over here so let’s move our destination over here holding the control key down and then clicking on the left mouse button. The new destination a little bit darker whereas over here that’s not noticeable but that’s how you can use the Healing Tool is you’re basically replacing the bad pixels of your picture with the good pixels of that same picture, or even of a different picture. So hopefully you learned something with this and you’re gonna be able to apply this additional knowledge to your task in using the Gimp and the brush tools. Thank you much for watching and have a great day!

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The Move Tool

Hello and welcome to our video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, I’m gonna introduce you to the Move Tool and this is one of eight what they call Transform Tools. And the shortcut to get to this function is the letter M, as in “Mary”, on your keyboard or you can just click on the icon. It don’t have a whole lot of options in our dialog box here to choose from.

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We’ve got a few modes. One is Layer, which is one that I am familiar with and use. We’ve got another one called Selection and the other one is Path. And we can talk between these two items here — “Pick a layer or guide” or “Move the active layer” which is one that I’m most familiar with and the one that I use.  Now to better demonstrate this, let me go ahead and add a third layer here so we can show you just the basic behind moving and we do that by just clicking on this icon here, create a new layer, and we’re gonna name it yellow box if you will. And let’s make this a little bit smaller.

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Let’s just say 50 pixels by 50 pixels. And there we have it. And this came up yellow because that was our foreground color. Now with this being selected, that’s what’s gonna be moving. Now if we select the blue, which is this here and you notice if you remember that it looks kinda purple because we adjust the opacity here.

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That’s the blue layer and I’m not sure exactly where it was but this is the one that is selected and we have our Move tool over here and it’s going to move the selected layer. The Active Layer to time. Now if you do that by accident, just to let you know, hit your Control button and the letter Z in your keyboard and it puts it back right where it should be. So again, the active layer that is selected in our Layers dialog is what will be moved by using the Move tool. And this works pretty good. One of the functions that I use it mostly for is whenever I’m working on like an image, or a header, or an EBook cover. And I’ve got say some text that I just typed out and I want to center it or I want to bring it down to the bottom here because this is my copyright information. And we’ll get into that in a later point when we cover the Textbox but that’s just one function that we use the Move tool for. And that folks is the pretty quick introduction to the move tool, one of the first of the Transform tools we’re gonna be getting into in this series of videos. Hope you learned something. Thank you much for watching and have a great day!

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The Text Tool

Hello and welcome to this series of videos on the Gimp. In this video, we’re gonna be touching on the Text tool and you can get to all the options here for the Text tool by clicking on this icon in our toolbox which is probably this just or hit the letter T as in Tom on your keyboard. Now one thing I wanted to point out here is I’ve added a couple of extra Speed tools for like a better phrase to my toolbox here. And you can do this because their basically their default set or you can either tick on or tick off and how I had them added here is by going up to file, preferences and this is how you can setup different items within your Gimp software.

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And if you happen to screw something up in amongst here, just go to the reset button and that will fix it all up for you just like it came out of the box brand new. Speaking of box, we go here to the toolbox and just tick or untick the items that you want and your toolbox speed tools or what I call and we’re good to go. So click on OK and we’re out of here. Now then, just going to touch on some of the items here in our Options box for the Text tool is the Font and this is the list of all the fonts available on your system. So pick one that you’re happy with and that’s the text font style that will show up on the image you’re going to be adding text to. And this gives us a little description of what that font is and here you can increase or decrease the size of the text by this up or down arrows or just by highlighting and putting in whatever number you’re wanting. And over here I would just leave this as Pix or PX rather and that stands for Pixels. Or if for some odd reason you wanted to change that to inches, millimeters, points, picas, or more then you’ve got those options here as available.

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These three items here I’ve never messed with. They’re basically fine-tuning points to the point of something that I’ve no need for but they’re basically fine-tuning for like smoothing the edges of the text that you’re entering on to your image. Possibly if you’re gonna be using humongous sized text like 50, or 60, or 70 pixels then this might come into play but I don’t so I won’t so if you find the need go ahead and play around with them until you’re happy with them but I would just leave them alone. In so far as me using this for creating header, graphics or footer graphics, or EBook covers, or video cover type graphics this works fine for me so I’ll just leave that alone. Now of course you can change the color by clicking on this and it brings up your Text Color chooser and you got several options up here you can use to change the color of the text and whenever you’re happy with the color then just click on OK and it changes the color of the text here. Now if you notice it also change it here and here. What I do instead of this is I just go over here in my color dialog box and make the decision on what color text I want. And as you can see as I’m choosing it, it makes changes both in the foreground color here as well as the text color here and so on. Now another way is right here is the foreground and here’s the background color.

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You can alternate this by just clicking on this arrow here and then those are back and forth. As you watch this here, you can see it changes that as well. So well that’s that. Again, I don’t mess with these too because if I want to move my text from this justified to the left, to the center, to the right and filled. If I want to do that then I’ll just use the Move tool. But that’s just how I roll. Anyway, this is the indentation of the first line and you may find a need for that and if so you can adjust the amount of indentation by using these buttons here. And these increases or decreases the space between the lines of your text and also between the text themselves, the characters themselves. Now these guys here they are not highlighted. These are pretty cool tools that allow you to transform, deform, or however you want to put it the text you’re putting on your image. Once you start typing your text or you’ve entered the text onto the image then these guys will become active and what they will do is similar to this Bezier or Paths tool up here, that’s name Path down here, is it provides you with handles and you just grab those handles and pull out them or move them around and it transforms, deforms, or warps whatever you call it the text that you’re working with that that time. So again that’s gonna come in handy you know as far as playing around with different text styles. But let’s go ahead and open up an image and start playing around with it ourselves and add some text. Let me see here.  Let’s go to one that I’ve already played with here before and this is a header image. And if you notice it says PSD extension which means it’s a Photoshop image. One of the cool things about the Gimp besides the fact that it’s free is that you are able to manipulate, or alter, change, work with the Photoshop images without having to spend three to six hundred bucks for the Photoshop software. As you can see over here are the different layers that make up this header image.

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And just to demonstrate, you can just click on the eyeball there to disengage that image and they go away. And alternately, you can click on it and make them come back. So that being said, let’s go ahead and add some text. Now once you’ve got the text chosen or the way the style setup here the way you want it to appear on your image then you just click anywhere on your image and you’ve got some options here. Well the text editor pops up and you can either go to open the file and if you got some text stashed away somewhere like say for example the copyright information. The Gimp people have told me that if you hit the Alt key and something on your numbers pad on your keyboard that it will open up the selection of the special characters. Like for example, the TM for the trademark or the C within the circle for the copyright emblem. I can’t get that to work for me so what I’ve done instead is I will type that information out on a word document or text document, save it and this is one way you can get to that information. You can open the file up here, highlight it, copy it, and then just paste it in here. And then you just close this or you can hit the Clear and that will eliminate, or delete, or clear the text that you’ve already put in the text editor.

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And the LTR and RTL is simply the direction that the text is being entered from left to right or from right to left. Mainly English and this is some of your pin languages like Arabic for example. Let’s go ahead and type in some text, Freehand, and then we can click on close and there we have it. Once the text is in here, you can go to some of the other tools we’ve touched on before. Like for example, the Move tool. And once I click on this icon, I wanna make sure that this radio button here is ticked, the “Move the Active Layer” because otherwise if this was ticked it will still work but you gotta play around with it and sometimes you have a tendency of grabbing the wrong layer even though the mouse is right over this character here. So have that one ticked that way the active layer being the hand here or the freehand, the one you just made, is picked and we can just move this guy around anywhere we want. And if we want to rotate it, we rotate it any way we want. There we have that. Let’s try this Perspective. And again, you can just play around with things that way and that’s pretty much the Text tool and some of the different ways you can play around with it; increasing the size. And again don’t forget that you can copy and paste from other documents the text that you want to enter into your image here the once you’re done you can go here to File, Save As, and you can save it as a PSD or a Photoshop file.

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But here’s what you wanna do. You go down here to the plus sign and this is how you decide what you want to save it as. Gimp, you can save it as this extension, the XCF and this is kind of a generic extension where you can save it. You can open it up in Gimp, you can open this up in Photoshop but this is what I typically do is I’ll just save it in whatever format that I open it up then. So if I opened up a PSD, I’ll save it in PSD. Let’s go down here and find our PSD and then click on Save. And of course where you’re gonna be saving it at. You just hit the plus or minus key down here to select the file type and hit Save. That’s it folks. Thank you very much for watching this video. I hope you learned something and have fun entering text to your image.

 

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The Transform Tools

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, we’re gonna be covering the remaining transform tools namely the Crop Tool, the Rotate Tool, the Scale Tool, the Shear Tool, the Perspective Tool, and the Flip Tool. So let’s go ahead and jump right down into this by opening up an image so we can play around with it. I got one here picked up. It’s kind of a funky-looking dude here where I don’t know if this is a Mohawk or a comb-over got cut in a windstorm. But in either case so, it will be just fine for our purposes. Now then the Crop tool, we got a couple of ways where we can get here and that is just as I did. Click on the icon on our toolbox or you can hold the Shift key down and tap on the letter C, as in cat, on your keyboard. That will get us here as well.

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Or up along the top here, in the menu, go to tools and remember these are all Transform tools so we go down here to Transform tools, over to Crop, and you can see the rest of the Transform tools we’ll be working with here as well so you can get here for those as well. And here also on the far right, you can see the shortcut keystrokes for those. Or you can just right-click on the image and again go down to Tools and come down to Transform tools in the same thing. So that’s the shortcuts and the ways in which we can get to the different Transform tools when needed. Now with Crop, basically what this is gonna do is cut a section of the image you’re working with out for us to use and leaving the rest of them to the trash can. So we’ve got a few options here that we can work with for the Crop tool. The bottom on here, the Shrink merged and these top two are basically gonna be used if we have multiple layers that are working at the same time. Right now, we will have the one layer; this guy’s image. So as far as this video is concerned, we’re not gonna be touching base on these three items here. Now the “Expand from Center”, this is simply an additional tool to assist you in deciding what’s gonna be cropped. You can do this just manually. But “Expand from Center” just as it sounds like, you find this pretty much the center of what you gonna be hanging on to.

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In this case, I just basically wanna keep his head. And so we’re gonna see right around his nose here and just move this until we get pretty much what we want. Now then you just let go of the left mouse button. By the way, that’s what I was doing. I was holding the left mouse button down and dragging it. You’ve got these markers here. You can use this to find between you selection as such. Then again, play around with this until you’re comfy with it because I am not gonna want all of these. I just want the head, not as much as the tie and the hairdo. So that’s the “Expand from Center”. Now we’ve got the “Fixed” here which I’d never really messed with that limits the flexibility of which you can choose. But again, it’s here for a reason so I’m sure that at some point down the line there would be a need for this so that’s what that’s for as to fix either based on the Aspect Ratio, which keeps everything in tune the current size, the Width, the Height, and of course, the Size. But I’d just leave that unticked. And the position is where on the image you’re selection is at and these are more manual of what we’re doing now. I’d rather do it the free form way gonna guess we will more flexibility. The Highlight is basically as you can see here is gray now it’s not. So I’d leave that ticked. Again, that leaves you a little bit more a way to work with. Now this size, if you’ve got an actual dimension that you’re trying to work with, then you could type this in here and eliminate some of the guess work here.

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For example, if you got 80 by 120 then hit your enter button and there you go. And that’s just about right. Now if you can keep your mouse so the cursor out pretty much right in the center where you’ve got the move tool emblem like this guy here, the four arrows, then you can hold your left mouse button down move this anywhere within the selected region you want. And this sure will work just fine for what we want. Then once you got the area that you want on a crop selected, hit your enter button and boom, there you have it! Now then, that’s the Crop and again you’ve got all these options here you can surround with. Now the Rotate is just like it sounds. Basically, you’re gonna be rotating the image that you’re working with. Now then for these remaining five tools, they’re all gonna have basically the same, well except for the Flip, they’re all gonna have basically the same options available. And I would suggest just leaving the default just as it is. So that way, well again for the sake of this video anyway, that’s what we’re gonna do. The Interpolation is really something that will come into play if you’re dealing with some high-end graphics, very large pixelated, 300 plus DPI resolutions. Otherwise, for the sake of EBook creations or header/ footer type creations then you can just leave this as cubic. A quick information, what this Interpolation does is as you make your transformations with your making this larger or flipping it, or squeezing the guy’s face together, while you transform it, the Gimp software is trying to determine where this particular pixel is gonna be. You know so that keeps the color as the same no matter how you squeeze his face together so that it keeps the color as blue color are the same no matter how much you stretch it apart. So the Cubic is the most accurate of these three. I’m not sure what the fourth one does but the Cubic is the most accurate of these three. But it takes a little bit longer for Gimp to figure out what where. The None is a little less accurate but it happens a lot quicker and then the Linear is as it is in the kind of the middle, it takes the best of both. It’s little faster than the cubic but a little less accurate than the None if that makes any sense. Now to give you an idea as to why it is really makes no difference whatsoever, the Cubic is as far as we’re working with here, again it’s most accurate and when i say it’s the longest, this might take a matter of say one second. Whereas the None, which is faster but less accurate, might take a 10th of the second. So again, there’s really no difference for what we’re gonna be using here. So we can just leave pretty much all these alone.

transform tools

Now the 15 degree down here, if you hold the control button down your keyboard, what this will do is it will allow you to rotate in 15 degree increments. So with this ticked, let’s say we wanna rotate this guy’s face a 90 degrees, it will do it in 15 degree increments. So if you’re watching up here, you can see that it’s happening in 15 degree increments. That’s one way you can rotate the image you’re working with and this works pretty good  too if you’re working with text and say you wanna put this along this side of your EBook creation and you type out the text horizontally, then you grab your Rotate tool and you wanna flip it 90 degrees. Now you could either do so this way with this box ticked or you can type it in here 90 degrees or you can just use the slider bar here and do the same thing. And that’s the Rotate tool. Now the Scale tool, I usually have never really mess with this on the toolbox because I get a little more accuracy for what I’m wanting to do because the Scale is basically changing the size. You either increasing or decreasing this size of the image. So I go up here to the Image on the menu bar and come down here to Scale Image and let’s say this is the original image that we’re working with right now, the original dimensions. Let’s say I want 100 in the width. Well it’s going to maintain the aspect ratio here so that it doesn’t look and fatty. So we type in 100 and then hit Scale. Go to Image, click Scale and as you can see how it adjusted this from 120 to 150 because we increased this by 80 but it increased this automatically by 30. So that’s why I use the image up here and not so much the Scale tool down here in our toolbox because it gives us a little more flexibility up here for some odd reason. Now then if for say you wanted a certain part of this guy’s face right here then I’ve used the scale for that but then again I don’t have that need very often. I’m gonna show you what I’m talking about. Okay so we got this and click on the image here.

transform tools

We’re gonna make it pretty big and you can see the part that is selected, where little ants right around here. Okay so this here we just wanna keep this part of his face selected. So then we hit the enter key and boom! That’s not selected. But then again I don’t have the need for that very often so that’s why I don’t mess with whatever I’m trying to change the size of the image I always use the Image up here. There’s other options you can do up here too that are not available here. And that is, let’s say we wanted to transform. We could flip it, we can rotate it a 180 or 90 degrees. So that’s pretty much what I would use as far as the scale tool is again you’ve got the ability to do so here but I find more accuracy and more abilities here under the image menu. So let’s move on to the Shear tool. Now the Shear and the Perspective tool, I’ve find that they’re most useful for making some odd-looking shapes namely shadow effect on the base of an EBook cover that you’re making. Let’s go ahead and click on this icon so we can get to the Shear tool rather than leaving it up the Scale tool.

transform tools

So again as I was saying, this is where you can kinda manipulate the image a little bit. Give it that little look there. And this is the Shear tool and you can get the same type of manipulation ability by using a Perspective tool only a little bit different. I’ll show you what I’m talking about here. Kinda like a page turned or page flipped. That’s what I found before is a people abuse the Perspective tool for those little cornered turndowns, ad type deals, and that’s how they make those or a part of that anyway is to the Perspective tool. Go ahead and get back to the original here. But that’s pretty much the Shear and the Perspective tool, that’s just kinda manipulate the make a little more funky-looking, a better work. We’ve kinda made him even funnier than what he originally was.

transform tools

The last in our Transform tools is the Flip tool. And we go and click on this and again we’ve got two options here basically horizontal, or we gonna flip it left or right, or the vertical, or we gonna make him upside down or right-side up. So these are gonna have some pretty useful needs. The Transform tools here again the one that I’ve finally used the most is the Crop, the Rotate, and the Scale tool because these here and I’ve from time to time will use the Flip tool as well. But the Shear, Perspective those are more specialty tools that I have used in the past but not as often as these other four. So I hope you enjoyed this video on the final items in our Transform tools section and I’m sure you’re gonna be able to find a good use for all these tools. So thank you very much for watching and have a great day!

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The Color Picker Tool

Hello and welcome to our video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, we’re going to be introducing you to the color picker tool and that’s this guy right here. It looks like a little eye drop up here. And you can just click on that or you can a little shortcut on your keyboard is just hit the letter O on your keyboard that will bring you to the same spot.

color picker tool

Now down here in our dialog box, you can see the additional options available to us. And we’ve got Sample Average, we’ve got Sample Merged, and this comes in handy whenever you’re trying to get a color that is on top of well it basically using different layers or additional layers. Whereas right now, this is our layered dialog. We only have the one layer here. That’s this guy here. And we got some Pick Modes, we’ve got Pick Only, Set Foreground color, which is the default, Set Background Color, Add to Palette, or the Use Info Window. This pretty cool tool just gives us additional information. So I’m going to check that and let’s go ahead and go over to this particular palette that we have or layer and if we click on this, it brings up our Color picker Information. Let me put this guy down here so we can see our foreground and background colors.

color picker tool

This gives us some additional information. The hexa-decimal number here, so you’re going to match this with what my on my webpage we’re trying to copy, colors for our header image, to our EBook cover, for example. But we’re going to go here this gives us the same information for this particular image on our palette and so on. As you see, it changes the foreground color here whereas if I check this one, you would change the background color. And let’s go ahead and create another layer over here and I’ll show you the Sample Merged as well. We’re going to close this guy out here. And to create an additional layer, we just go over here in our Layer Dialog box, click on this guy here, it gives us a new layer.

color picker tool

Now, I’m going to name this one Blue because that’s what popped up   and you can name anything you want. You know, whatever. But we’re going to name this one Blue because if you haven’t guessed yet, I want to put a blue color here. Foreground color. Let’s go and change that to. Because right now it’s this burnt umber. Let’s go and change that to a blue. And this is our Color Dialog here. As you can see I changed the foreground just by clicking over here. And same size, same dimensions. Let’s skip. Now then, the blue layer is on top of or above this other layer. Now we can change this with this highlighted, we can move this down and it becomes lower than or it’s behind this layer.

color picker tool

But for the sake of this video, I want to show you some of the back-up and we can change the opacity or the transparency of this blue so this will start to bleed through the lower this number get on the slider bar here. We’ll go all the way down to zero and basically it’s invisible but let’s put it right about here. Let’s go and click on the Sample Merged. Now then whenever I click on this image here, it won’t be the green as we see here, it will the green we see now with this mask of blue over it. You see? And same here. So again, this is just another way in which you can create additional colors and if you like that then you can go to add to palette and it will bring this up here and you can name your color here and you can click on Save and you got some new, funky color that you just made up. Again, that’s what you can utilize this radio button for here add palette. But that’s just a quick introduction to the Color Picker Tool. I want to thank you very much for watching this video. Hope you learned something. Hope you’re going to find ways where you can apply this to your work. Thank you very much watching.

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The Measure Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. In this video, we’re going to introduce you to the Measuring Tool in our toolbox. Quick shortcut to get to this tool in addition to just clicking on this icon will be to hold your shift key down while at the same time pressing the letter M, as in Mary, on your keyboard. And that will get here just as well.

measure tool

As you can see down in our dialog box, there’s not a whole lot of options. Actually, there’s only one option to choose from and that is to tick or untick the “use info window”. And if we go over here to our little heart image and if click and hold down my left mouse button I want to go ahead and measure up to where the angle starts.

measure tool

And that’s basically what this tool does is it measures distance between points and also provides you the angle or the degrees of angle. So between this point and this point, we’ve got a 110.9 pixels and the angle between the horizontal plane and the line that I drew is 62.05 degrees. Now this information in our status bar can also be shown in the “use info window”. For example, I’ll just go back a step here. Let me get rid of that and let’s go ahead and see what pops up in our “use info window” if we do the same thing. There’s the “use info window” and as you can see the same numbers that show up here also show up here in our info window. And just close this up. That’s pretty much it folks. That’s all there is to the measuring tool in the Gimp. I hope you learned a little something from this. Thank you again for watching and have a great day!

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The Paths Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now on this video, we’re going to be introducing you to the Paths Tool, otherwise known as the “Bezier Tool”.

paths tool

Now, whenever you click on this you can see down here under the paths tool dialog that there’s really not a whole lot of additional functions to this particular tool.That being said, this actually allows you to draw some pretty complex figures on your palette with a fair amount of control. Now basically, all we’ve got here is Design, which is the default. This is what pops-up. You’ve also got Edit, Move, and Polygonal.

paths tool

Now whenever you got this box ticked, this basically restricts your editing to just straight lines or polygons which really limits your great skills. I’m going to untick that, I’m going to open up a new palette here. That’s pretty good size. I’m going to put this palette between our two docks. Now I want to point out over here too. I’ve got three different dialogs on this docking station here. Again I had mentioned this in our prior video, I just wanted to show you what it looks like. Again it just basically helps unclutter your desktop although at the same time providing you with a lot more functionality on your Gimp software. So now, I’ve got the Bezier tool chosen and we’re in design, we’ve got the polygonal box unticked.

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Now when we click our palette, the first thing that pops up is an empty dot. And this is our active anchor. I want to go down here and put another dot and it connects the two with a straight line and this is now our active anchor. And put another one up here, again the active anchor changes.  And just introduce you to this polygonal box, we’ll tick this and I’m going to put my mouse or my pointer over on one of these lines hold my left mouse button down and go to move this line and all I get is a straight line. First is, if I untick this box the same thing I can get a lot ore functionality out of this image. Now these boxes here, these are called Handles. Again these adds a little bit more functionality to the image that you are manipulating or creating. Now if you hold your shift key down while doing so, it puts an additional box or handle on the opposite end. So again this gives you some additional functionality here. Kind of back up here just a little bit and again I’m going to put another box here, hold my control key down and that connects the lines here. Click on this that makes this the active anchor, click on this it makes that the active anchor, and so on.  As you can see over above my pointer right now up to the right of it is a plus sign. If I want to complete this lines or draw a line kind of force a line then hold my pointer or my mouse over this particular button here or dock, hold my control key down and that image to the right there of my pointer turns into an infinity sign or two circles intersecting. Then click on my mouse and it connects the dot so to speak. If we go ahead and make us a little heart image here if you will. It looks pretty close. Of course, I’m not any kind of an artist.

paths tool

We’ve got these two options down here we can choose from. Select from path, it gets our ants on marching and this is the part of this tool that is now made it somewhat of a selection tool if you will. Because by click on our brush you can see that we are only working inside of what has been selected. Control Z that and get back for our Bezier tool.  Let’s go on and clear up our palette and do this again. So I want to also show the Stroke Path as well. Now we’ll do the stroke path and this pops up. We can choose the stroke style and what the stroke does is instead of putting the marching ants in there it gives a solid line. Now we’ve got a couple of choices here. We can go of the solid color which is the foreground color that is here and we can change this by the way by having this dialog here. Let’s go with blue. You can see it changed it to blue. Or we can go with the pattern. I’ve got the patterns down here. Of course, we can change the patterns here as well.  But let’s go with the solid color. You can change the depth or the width of the line here or the solid color right here. We can go more if you want thicker or less, totally up to you. Of course, play around with this too. Well let’s go and then you click on stroke and then you have your solid color.

paths tool

Now if you want to make this selected, then you can right-click on your palette and you get this here same options as available. To get this toolbar, go to select from path and you get your marching ants going there. And then you bring up your brush and let’s go back to our red color here and finish our little Valentine’s Day heart. And there you have folks. That’s just a quick introduction to the Bezier tool and how you can do some pretty, neat, little drawing or image manipulation using your paths tool, otherwise known as Bezier tool. Hope you learned something, hope you’re able to put this to some use and some future image creations of your own and I want to thank you very much for watching this video. Have a great day!

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The Color and Fuzzy Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to be covering some additional items in our toolbox up here namely the fuzzy select tool and the color select tool.

fuzzy and color select tool

Now, the fuzzy select tool, a lot of different programs have called them “magic wand” mainly because it looks like a magic wand. But these two tools are similar in that they select based on the color. Now, the big difference between the two is that the fuzzy select, this selects based on the continual colors.  In other words, if you’ve got three or four red circles on your palette and those red circles are not touching one another, then it will only select those circles that you touch whereas with the color select tool, it will select all the circles of the same color. Let me kind of give you a demonstration here. Let me open up a little ice-cream cone here.

fuzzy and color select tool

Now over here where you make a selection, over here on the right side you can see a preview of the selection of the images. This is my cone here. I’m going to open that up. And let me kind of throw this out here as well. This red and we’re going to go here and here. Now these are the ice creams that have fallen off my ice cream cone. Yeah that’s it. Yeah that’s my story. Okay, so back to the magic wand. Now remember, this one covers the continuous. So we will then select this. You see it did not select these two of the same color. now, the threshold down here, if we were to increase this threshold let’s say this one here that is continuous that it had different variations  of the color red then the lower the threshold the more selective this tool will be. Whereas if we increase the threshold, those colors that are continuous, it may also select the light red, the dark red, and the medium red as long as the or again our select are continuous. Let me back out this guy here. Whereas the color select tool, it will select all of these that are red.

fuzzy and select tool

For example, there. You can see the little marching ants here, here, and here. And again whether it’s continuous or not. Again that’s the big difference between the color select and the magic wand is that the magic wand will only select those that are continuous or touching one another. The color select, anything on the image or palette that is of that color. Now the threshold, if you increase the threshold then it would select variations of color red if that’s what we’ve chose here. So again, that’s just a little sample of what we can do with the color select and fuzzy select tools. So I’m sure again in later videos, we’ll show you some of the application that this can be used with. But for the time-being, I just want to get you familiarized with the different functions of these additional tools. Thanks very much for watching and have a great day!

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