Ok, so this not going to be nearly as professional a tut as others do, because I tend to just play around with stuff till it looks ok, and then forget what I did
(You can blame Oma for that, she told me to experiment
Perfect Couple sig
First I opened a new frame (file>new) 700 x 200 px.
Then I opened a new layer (layer>add new layer) and set it as background colour. (the options are at the bottom of the box that opens for New Layer. Just click the one you want)
Next I colourified it (colours>colourify) set the colour as f4ca59 and clicked ok.
(you can choose any colour you want from here by clicking on the various colours and choosing which shade you like
but in this instance I knew the colour I wanted and just typed in the code )
Open a new layer (layers>new layer) and set it to transparent.
To bring the pic you want into Gimp, click file>open and look for the pic you want. Double click on it and it will open in another window.
All the tools are shown at the top of the Gimp main window. Putting your cursor each one will tell you what it is called.
I cut out each pic with the ellipse select tool, feathered with a radius of 50. ( When you click on a tool, you should see the options for that tool in the bottom half of the main Gimp window. Play with the sliders or just change the numbers)
I opened a new layer for each pic before cutting and pasting it into my ‘new’ frame (after you use the selection tool you will see a line of ‘marching ants’ showing what you have selected. With the Rectangle tool and the Ellipse tool you can adjust the line. When you are happy with it, go Edit>cut, then move to your New frame and go Edit>paste.) Use the Move tool (looks like a plus sign) to put the picture where you want it.
Then I lightened each one (colours>brightness-contrast, and move the slider*) to fade each one before I anchored it. (either layers>anchor layer, or move the cursor until you see a little anchor sign appear beside it, then click)
I opened a new layer for each piece of text (font Van Dijk, size about 23, colour a4883e). (Click on the A tool to create text) To choose a font, go Dialogs>fonts and scroll through until you find one you like. If you can’t find the Van Dijk one it will be because its not a Windows standard font so has to be downloaded. And I can’t remember if it is standard or not
Just choose any one you like for now. To choose the colour of the text, click on the Color box in the tool box. Choose colour and click OK. To choose the size, change the number in the size box. Now click on your pic and type your text. A small Text box will open so that you can see what you’ve typed. You can set it to show the text in the font that you have chosen, but I find its easier to see if you don’t do that
You can use the Move tool to put the text where you want it. You can also change the colour, font and size any time you want as long as you have the A selected and the text layer is still selected. Check in the Dialogs>layers box. You will see all the layers that you have used, and can change pretty much anything by clicking on the relevant layer
Then I put on the MOP penguin. You can download the MOP penguin brushes from Page 1 (its in my first post) save them somewhere on your pc so you know where to find them. To put the brushes into Gimp, open the Brushes file (C>Gimp2.0>share>gimp>2.0>brushes) and drag the file into it. You may have to unzip the file first (d’oh! My memory is soooo bad) and then drag the resulting brushes into the Brushes folder.
Then go Dialogs>brushes to open the Brushes box. You will need to click on ‘refresh’ in order to load the new brushes in. Then you will see the MOP penguin amongst all the others. Just beware of downloading masses of brushes and putting too many into Gimp at the same time because then Gimp will take f-o-r-e-v-e-r to open! (Typical Newbie mistake that we all made
So to use the brush, open yet another new layer and select the brush tool (paintbrush). You can alter the size in the same way in the toolbox. To set the colour for the brush, click on ‘foreground colour’ (There’s two little squares overlapping each other just below where all the Tools are. Click on the top one and choose colour as before) Then click on your pic where you want the brush to go. I guarantee you will not get it right first time (if you do you’ll be the only one in history!) To remove it go Edit>undo brush, adjust the size if you need to, and try again. Fun fun fun! I always open a new layer for every different thing (pic, text, filters, effects) so that everything can be altered later if I want to. For the MOP part, use the A to put it in as text like before. I use the Haettenschweiler font for the MOP, but you can use any darn thing you please.
For the lighting effects, (open a new layer) I used filters>light and shadow>supernova. This opens a window with a grid and various sliders. You use the grid to position the effect (a lot of hit and miss here, takes a bit of practise, but you can always edit>undo supernova
) and try again
) You can change the radius of the centre of the effect and increase or decrease the number of spokes. This again is a matter of trial and error (spend most of my time doing that, it seems). The random hue slider adds colours to the spokes, I used between 0 and 5 on the various effects here so as not to spoil the overall colour of the sig. I used loads of random hue on my ‘The sun rises in his eyes’ and ‘And sets in his smile’ sigs. It’s really a matter of how much colour you want. So I placed several different sized supernovas around the pics, trying to use them to light each pic.
Lastly, I opened yet another new layer to make the border (filters>décor>add border) and set the colour, then set the X and Y to 3. Clicked ok, and that was it!
*You can also get a slightly different effect by changing the Opacity of the pic. Go Dialogs>layers and the Layers Box will open. There is a slider called Opacity which you can move until you get something you like.
This was the result
So this is just to give you a bit of practise finding your way around and experimenting with stuff. Hope it helps
You will also find that others do things slightly differently. Eg Oma uses File>open as layers to open a new layer. There is also a little white box (looks like a sheet of paper) at the bottom of the Layers box which also opens a new layer. Lots of variations on how to do things, it’s a case of choosing what you find easiest to remember (well it is for me
Try not to get frustrated, it does take a lot of practise. But its soooo worth it
Always ask questions on the thread, that’s how I learned everything I know about Gimp and PS.