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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Zoom Tool

 Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to introduce you to the magnification or zoom tool. And a quick shortcut to get to this is you can hit Z, the letter Z as in zebra, on your keyboard.

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That leads yo to the same spot we are now. As you can see down here on our dialog box, there’s not a whole lot of options to choose from. As you probably already familiar with magnification tool, you’re gonna zoom in or you’re zoom out and not a whole lot of a in between.

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Now we’ve got the auto-resize window and you get to zoom in radio button and you zoom out radio button. So let’s go ahead over here. Zoom in, make the image larger. Now if we hit our control button on our keyboard we can also toggle back and forth between those two functions.

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And another is we go up here to the toolbar or the menu bar up here and under view, put on the zoom menu. As you can see, we’ve got some exact options here. They are not made of a little over under the dialog section. Go back here. So you can zoom in, zoom out, you can fit image to window,  and  you can increase the size. Two to one or two-hundred percent and so on. So that’s just a quick overview of our magnification tool. There’s not a whole lot to it but hopefully you learned something out of this and I wanna thank you very much for watching our video.

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