Fire up Gimp.
Create an image 400 x 600
Choose the Ellipse selection and draw a selection.
Position: 150 x 65
Size: 278 x 230
Change Foreground color to #444444, click OK. Select Bucket tool and fill selection with this color. Make sure the Background is White.
Click on the Blend or Gradient tool and, choosing a Linear Gradient, with an Opacity of 100%, and clicking on Adaptive Supersampling so
that your gradient will be really smooth, make sure your gradient goes from dark to light and stroke with the mouse downward to fill the
selection with the gradient.
Change the Foreground color to #fc00fc
Choose the Brush tool, and select Circle Fuzzy (19)
And click on the selection once.
Change the Foreground to #e7d7d6 and click on the selection once.
Change the Foreground to #fca424 and click on the selection once.
Change the Foreground to #24df47 and click on the selection once.
Change the Foreground to #1c0fff and click on the selection once.
Change the Foreground to #ff370f and click on the selection once.
Change the Foreground to #ce0c1f and click on the selection once.
The place where you make those clicks is up to your taste, but leave some of the gray visible.
Go to Filters, Map, Illusion. When the little menu opens, choose Mode 1, Divisons: 12 anc click Ok.
Go to Layer, New Layer. Create a new Ellipse selection with a Position of 183 x 105 and a Size of 212 x 158.
Change Foregound color to #ff370f and choosing the Gradient tool, and making sure your Background color is White and
that the direction of your Gradient goes from dark to light, stroke with your mouse to create a Linear gradient to fill the new
Go to Scriop-Fu, choose Inner Shadow, and when the menu opens, make sure the color is Black, raise the Opacity to 80.0
Size: 10 Blending Mode: Half Round
Offset Distance: 5.0
And leave the rest as is.
Go to Script-Fu: Bevel and Emboss
Style: Outer bevel
Highlight Color: White
Shadow Color: Black
Highlight Opacity: 75.0
Shadow Opacity: 75.0
Surface Contour: Half Round
Got o Layer, New Layer.
Choose #ff370f as your Foreground color again and the Brush tool and select Circle Fuzzy (19) and click once on the upper
right corner of the inside of the current center ellipse.
Change the Foreground color to #f9e8e7 and click in the selection once at the lower right portion of it.
Make another small ellipse selection towards the left of the selection, fill with #ffffff.
Go to Filters, Blur, Gaussian Blur, raise it up to 60.0 and click Ok. Repeat.
Go to Script-Fu
Select size: 10
Go to Filters, Light and Shadow, Sparkle. When the little menu opens, choose the following settings:
Luminosity threshold: 0.001
Flare intensity: 0.55
Spike length: 20
Spike points: 5
Spike density: 1
Select Preserve luminosity
Leave the rest as is. Click OK
With the Ellipse tool, make a selection on top of the little flare and then go to Blur, Gaussian Blur, and blur it to
Go to Filters, Blur, Gaussian Blur, and blut to 5.0. Repeat.
Go to Save As, and Choose Advanced Selection and Save as a PNG.
If you have not yet installed Gimp, please do, it is FREE.
Once installation is completed, open Gimp.
Create a New Image 700 x 700 in size, 72 ppi. Click on Advanced Options, and choose Fill with Transparency. Click OK.
With the Ellipse selection make a circle, and choose the following settings:
Position: 166 x 12
Size: 373 x 373
Go to the Toolbox and change your Foreground color to 99686B (a gray) and leave your Background as White.
Click on the Gradient tool, choose Linear, 100% Opacity, also click on Dithering and Adaptive Supersampling.
Stroke with your mouse from top to bottom to make the gradient, making sure the top is darker than the bottom.
Go to Layer, New Layer. Go to Select, Shrink and Shrink the new selection by 15 pixels, click OK.
Change the Foreground color to 1E1B12 and the Background color to CEBCBC. Select the Gradient tool again and leaving everything as before,
make another gradient.
Go to Script-Fu, Layer Effects, Inner Glow. When the little menu opens, select opacity 75.0
Contour: Linear, Size: 10.0 and leave the rest as is. Click OK.
Go to Layer, New Layer. Then to Select, Shrink and shrink by 20 pxls.
Change the Foreground color to 8F0401, and the Background color to f20000 and make another gradient.
Go to Layer, New Layer and shrink it also by 20. Change color to f20000. Change Gradient to Foreground to Transparent and make the new
gradient fill. Go to Script-Fu, Layer Effects, Bevel and Emboss and choose Pillow Emboss and click OK.
Make a new layer, shrink selection by 10 px, change gradient to FG to BG (RGB)and fill new selection.
Go to Layer, new Layer, then go to Script-Fu, Bevel and Emboss, and choose Inner Bevel. Click Ok.
Change the Foregorund color to ffffff. Go to Brush, and choose Circule Fuzzy 19, move the scale lever to 10.0, Opacity 50.5 and click twice at the bottom
of the button.
Go to Filters, Blur Gaussian Blur and choose 10.0 px, and click OK.
Save your button as a PNG by choosing Save As, then Select File (By Extension and scrolling down to the PNG format.)
Experiment with your own color choices and have fun!
This one is really easy to make and pretty too! You will be working only on Gimp, so if you have not installed the software, begin by installing it, it's free.
Create a new File, size 640 x 480 or any size you like.
Go to the Toolbox and click on the round Ellipse Selection tool and draw a circle.
Click on the Gradient or Blend Tool. Scroll on the Blend Menu options and select Brown Gloss for your Gradient.
Choose Linear, Dithering, and 100% Opacity. Make your gradient fill with the stroke of your mouse downward.
Go to Layer, New Layer. Go to Select, Shrink, and when the menu opens, shrink the new selection by 10 pxls.
Return to the Gradient or Blend menu and choose a new Gradient: Gold. Stroke with the Mouse to fill in the new selection
with the gradient.
Go to Script-Fi, Color Overlay. When the menu opens, click on Color and choose the following Hex number: ff3131; Blending Mode: Soft Light, click OK. Let it render.
Return to Script-Fu, Layer Effects, and choose Bevel and Emboss. When the menu opens, make the following selections:
Style: Pillow Emboss. Direction: Up. Size: 10. Gloss Contour: Linear. Leave rest as is. Click OK.
Go to Filters, Light and Shadow, Drop Shadow, Offset X: 8, Offset Y: 8, Blur Radius: 15, Opacity: 80, leave rest as is.
Go to the Toolbox, and change your Foreground color to White. Click on the Brush tool and choose the brush Circle Fuzzy (19), and leave all other settings as is.
Click on the lower side of the button to make a glow spot. Go to Script-Fu, Layer Effects, Inner Glow.
Go to Filters, Light and Shadow, Drop Shadow.
Go to Filters, Blur, Gaussian Blur and only blur to 2 pxls.
Save as, Select file by Extension, and save as a PNG image.
Who Do You Think You Are?
(You are more special than you think!)
I like to make things my own way. And since I have Paint.Net, Gimp and also Inkscape, why not combine them?
My forte is not drawing with a mouse, so I when I realized that I could make shapes in Inkscape, cut and paste them in Paint. Net or Gimp
(or in one after the other) to embellish them, I thought that soved a great problem for me!
Let me share with you this simple tutorial,it might solve a problem or two for you and you might find it fun also.
First of all, download the three softwares to your computer, they are all FREE.
Once you have them, open up Inkscape and Paint.Net.
Now go to Inkscape. Choose the Polygon drawing tool (it's the one that is seen together with a star shape), and at the top of the page, go to Corners, and write the number 12,
spoke ratio: 0.638, leave the rest as is and leave stroke unset. Choose a color you like. Stroke with your mouse to create the polygon, the size you
want. Once made, click it to select it and go to Edit, copy or cut.
Move to Paint.Net. Click on Edit, Paste in to New Image.
Once the Polygon appears in your working space. Make sure the colors chosen on your toolbox are Foreground Teal, which is Hex #008080, Backgroung White.
Click on the Paint Bucket, then at the top of the page, click where it says Fill, scroll down to Wide Downward Diagonal pattern, and fill the polygon with teal and White diagonal lines.
Go back to Inkscape and make another polygon, smaller than the first. Copy.
Return to Paint.Net, Click on Layers, Add New Layer, then paste your new Polygon, making sure you center it well. Make the color for this one Hex #008080, a nice teal.
Click on Layers, Merge Layers down.
Now to to Effects and blur. I have downloaded many effects for my Paint.Net (there are tons of free ones!) you can use Average Blur, but do not set it to more than 2 (Gaussian Blur would "delete" your stripes by blurring them too much).
Save as an Optimized PNG. If it tells you that the image will be flattened, click OK.
For the rest of the button, you will need a texture. there are hundreds you can get online that can be used both by Gimp and Photoshop. Download a texture package that you like.
Save it to your desktop. Then go to My Computer, Program Files, and look for Gimp, open folders until you find Textures, open your download and simply copy and paste the texture (or textures) you want into that
folder. This hast to be done with Gimp closed. Now that you have your texture in place. Close Program Files, My computer and go to Gimp.
For my texture I chose my own thing, a polka dot pattern photographed from a fabric. You can do that too. You can buy swatches (they call them Fat Quarters) used for quilting, and you can use them as backgrounds.
Go to Gimp, open your PNG image in Gimp.
Once the image opens, click on the Ellipse Selection tool and draw a selection. The Position should be 158 x 158, the Size: 449 x 444, Fixed Aspect Ration should be selected, also Antialiasing
should be selected.
Now, in the Toolbox, click ont he Foreground color, (it is usually Black) Change your Foreground color to Hex # 00f9f9, which is a light aqua. Leave your Background color white.
Go to Layer, New Layer. Choose the Bucket Fill tool and go to Pattern Fill and click it, scroll down to the pattern you want and Fill the selection with your image. Mine was pink and white so I clicked on it
with the Bucket Fill tool and made it that light aqua. If you need to do that, do it. It's okay if the color contrasts, also. Yellow would look lovely.
Now go to Select, Border, and make it a bit wide, and select feather border. Click OK. Then go to Select, None.
I went back to Paint.Net and Added a Drop Shadow. To be able to do that, you need to download the Effects package and install it as you did for your Gimp textures, in Paint.Net's Effects folder.
Then you will find it under Effects, Object, Drop Shadow. To finish, go to Effects, Blur, Gaussian Blur and choose only 2. Click Ok. Save and your done!
Warning: Color bleeds a little bit from the stripes, but this is only to show you how you can make up for any clumsiness in mouse drawing by going back and forth between software programs.
Inter-connecting software packages to get the most out of them as you learn to use them is fun. Try to see what you can come up with!
Do You Feel Mistreated?
This is a pretty nice button or scrapbooking brad for a beginner. It looks really well, which will encourage you to experiment more with the wonderful software.
Open up Gimp.
Create a new image 269 x 272 pixels, background color Transparency, Resolution 96.00. For your Foreground color, choose # A22828, for your Background color, choose # FF8770.
Click on the ellipse or round select tool and from the top corner of the canvas, drag a selection down to cover almost the entire canvas.Click on the blend or gradient tool and make sure
the arrows of the gradient are such that will give you a gradient that is darker at the top than at the bottom. Gradient Shape should be Linear, Opacity should be 100%, click on Dithering and also on Adaptive Supersampling, to make the gradient smoother. Pull the mouse on a straight line across your selection to fill it with the
gradient. Go to Select Shrink. Shrink it to 15 pixels. Click OK. Now go to Script-Fu, Inner Shadow and choose the following settings: Opacity 26.0, Contour: Linear; Blending Mode: Normal.
Source: Edge. Choke: 0.0; Size 5.0; Offset Angle: -90.0;Offset Distance: 2.0. Click OK. Create a new layer and name it Center. Shrink it as before but this time by 10 pixels. Click on the arrows of the
gradient tool so that the colors will run in opposite direction as before and fill the new selection, lighter on top and darker at the bottom.
Go to Script-Fu, Inner Glow, then choose the following settings: Opacity 54.0 and leave the rest as is. Click Ok.
That's it! Simple, isn't it?
Practice and add whatever changes you like best.
Here's a sample page using this brad or button to give you ideas:
Open Gimp. Create a new image and select the size of paper that you want. I will choose 640 x 480 for the same of making my image load up quicker.
Now click on the Foreground Color and change it from Black to #77a5c2, which is a nice blue color. Click Ok and close. Select the bucket tool
and fill your image with Blue #77a5c2, for the stripes we will choose color #e7e7e7. So now that you have filled your background, change the color to #e7e7e7 Click OK and close.
Now,to make the stripes, choose the pencil tool,and the pencil size Circle (11), press the shift key
and click on the spot where you want to start drawing your first line (click right outside of the canvas for neatness and just make sure you pull your mouse down in a straight line while holding down
the shift key, then, as you let go of the line, make a small click to finish it and the line will appear in the color you want, then you stop pressing on shift and your first line is made.)
Note: If you let go of the shift key before the line is completed your line will not be straight.
Now change the pencil size to Circle 13 and repeat another line a little further on. Go to the toolbox and change your pencil size again to Circle 17 to make a broader line. Make sure that your Foreground color is
still #e7e7e7. Make a line with the new pencil stroke. Change your pencil size to Circle 19 and make another line, as before, press the shift key on the keyboard and hold it while you move your mouse
downward to make your line, watching that the line is not wavy, then you release the mouse and the shift key when you are finished making your line.
Change pencil size to Circle O7 and draw another line. Now change the pencil size to Circle 09 and make another line. Then change again to Circle 19 and make 2 consecutive lines. Then, change to Circle 11 and make 1
line. Change to Circle 07 and make a line. Now change to Circle 13 and make 1 line. Change to Circle 15 and make 1 line. Change to Circle 07 and make 1 line. Change to Circle O5 and make 1 line. Change to Circle 19
and make 2 consecutive lines, change to circle 11 and make the last line. Save as a PNG.
Now you can tweak this image a little further to make it different.
All you have to do is to download any of the pretty free brushes for Gimp (there are hundreds of them online!) I will be using two to show you what you can do.
For the first one, let's the change the Foreground color to a darker Blue than the background of the the striped paper. This blue is color #0a55b3. Click OK.
Now go to your toolbox and click ont he brush tool, and, having already installed your brushes (you install them into your computer on the Desktop, open them up and then go to Computer, Program Files, Gimp, and click on the different files
according to your version of Gimp until you find the folder called Brushes, then you simply copy and paste each brush you want into that folder BEFORE you open Gimp, then open Gimp and your brushes will all be ready for you), assuming you
have a brush named glitter_10, you move the Scale lever down to 0.15 and then you just click all over the striped paper randomly. Now your paper looks different. Save as a PNG file.
If you use the brush named doodles2_brushes_by_hawksmont32, you will get doodled stars, which you will apply randomly to your paper. And so forth.
If you want a smoother look, go to Filters, Blur. Save as a PNG. Experiment until you get a hang of making a series of different papers out of your original work.
By adding embellishments of your own choosing you can make a lot of nice pages with this basic paper. here is an example with my main blog's tag line:
Who Do You Think You Are?
(You are more special than you think!)
Fire up Gimp. Go to New and select the size of paper you want. I will choose 640 x 480 for the sake of making the image
easy to load. Make the image a little larger than you want it, if your memory allows you to, because we will have to trim the edges later on.
Go to your bucket tool, and click on the Foreground color. Write down the following color in your HTML notation: 383838 and click Ok.
Now click once on your image layer to fill it with the color. Now go to Filters, Noise, HSV Noise. When the menu opens, move the Holdness lever all the way up to 8.
Move the Hue to 0, move the Saturation to 0, and the Value all the way up to 255 (the maximum). Click Ok.
Now go to Colors, then Colorize. Move the Hue lever to -118, Saturation 31, leave the rest as is, and click OK.
Now go to Filters, Blur, Motion Blur. When the menu opens, make sure your Blur Type is Linear, Length: 110, Angle: 0. Click Ok.
Select the crop tool or choose Ctrl plus c, select the part of the image you would like to keep, avoiding the edges that don't look too good. Once that is selected, click
once on the center of the image to crop it.
Now go to Filters, Distors, IWarp. Click on Move. Set your Deform Radius to 40, and your Deform amount to 0.30. Make sure Bilinear is selected. Then click on the preview
image randomly in different spots, pulling the mouse as you go to distort the direction of the color in the page. Now choose Swirl CW and click twice and then click on Swirl CCW, and click once, all randomly.
You can also choose Grow and Shrink, move the color around according to your taste and then click Ok. Save as a PNG.
Who Do You Think You Are?
(You are more special than you think!)
Fire up Gimp. Go to New and select the size you want for your image. I will choose 640 x 480 for the sake of making the image
easy to load.
Choose the bucket tool and choose the following brown color for the base of your wood texture: 834C24. Now fill your image with the color.
Now go to Filters, Noise HSV Noise. When the menu opens, choose as follows: Holdness: 4, Saturation: 3, Value: 17. Click OK.
Duplicate the layer, bring the opacitiy down to 20.0 Now go to Filters, Blur, Motion Blur. When the menu opens, choose Linear, Length: 300,
Angle 90, click Ok. Now to to Filters, Enhance, Sharpen. Whent he menu opens, move the Sharpness lever up to 90. Click OK.
Now to Filters, Blur, Motion Blur. Choose Linear. Length 256. Angle 90. Click Ok. Let it render.
You now have a soft wood grain against a warm and nice brown. The color is a bit dark and chocolately. If you want it a bit lighter, go to Colors,
Hue and Saturation and move the Hue lever until you get the shade of brown that you like the most.
I share here a page scrapped with this paper.