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post #1 of 11 Old 03-09-2010, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone please teach me how ro use GIMP 2?

Hey, can anyone please teach me how to do a digital drawing, or change the backround of a picture? Please please please

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Hey, can anyone please teach me how to do a digital drawing, or change the backround of a picture? Please please please

Thanx

Dani
Digital drawings usually use a tablet, as they are hard to produce using a mouse, but I know of some people who use a mouse and they work just fine, I can't though. =/ I'm sure someone can help you with that!

I can help you out with the background changing though, or at least try. =)
If you want to cut out a single horse, or a few horses or whatever, first of all, create a new layer being transparent, and then drag it beneath the other layer in the layer window, then on the main image layer, right click, and select 'merge down' that'll make your image easier to select alone when you start cutting out the background or whatever.
To cut things out I use the magic wand tool and the lasso tool as they're called in PS(I use gimp like you do but call it the same), they're in the top row in the tools.
Here are the keyboard shortcuts for GIMP:

Hot Keys for GIMP:
Ctrl + c = copy
Ctrl + v = paste
Ctrl + x = delete
Ctrl + y = redo
Ctrl + z = undo
Ctrl + shift + a = unselect all
Ctrl + a = select all


After you have merged down your picture onto the transparency layer, you can use the lasso tool, and basically 'cut out' an area that you don't want, making sure that the end of the selection is right with the start of the selection(you'll see two circles on the end of the line) the lasso tool is basically a selection and a deletion tool. And from there you can remove a background, and then create a new transparent layer, and move the layer behind(down) from the main layer with the image or selection you are working with and paste a new image or background in behind the image on the new layer, making sure that when you paste a new layer in, that you merge to image or whatever the selection is when you right click on the layers.
One more thing, if you place an image on a new background, make sure to take the blur tool, and take the intensity down a few notches, and smooth the edges a bit on the main image, it'll help maintain a 3-d look. Practice will help a lot though. =) I can try to go into more detail if you need it, but I think that covers the basics for that. =)

Hope that helps, feel free to ask more questions if I didn't answer something or I confused you. =)


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Something like this? I dunno why its so blurry though...

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Something like this? I dunno why its so blurry though...

Attachment 27113
Very good! For a first try, that is excellent! Well, did you put you and your horse on a new layer? Sometimes sharpening the image a little can help with the blurriness. Or did you increase the size of the image of you and your horse? The blur tool might have been a little too large too, if you just wanted to cover the edges. Sometimes that would cause it to be abnormally blurry too.
Either way, that is an excellent try!!


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post #5 of 11 Old 03-14-2010, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanx sooo much! Lol, now that I've learnt I can't stop! Here's 2 more I did:

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Why are those funky line things there? And how do I get rid of them?

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Thanx sooo much! Lol, now that I've learnt I can't stop! Here's 2 more I did:

Attachment 27341

Attachment 27342

Why are those funky line things there? And how do I get rid of them?
Good job still. You might want to resize your main images so they look more realistic on the backgrounds though. In that case, it's simply just resizing the layer its on.
I wouldn't know. I'd say it had something to do with the upload, unless it was on your image on your computer too?


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post #7 of 11 Old 03-23-2010, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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My other tries:

Pegasus-greek-mythology-2887706-1024-768.jpg

Forest.jpg

My best ever:!!!!
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My other tries:

Attachment 27859

Attachment 27860

My best ever:!!!!
Attachment 27861

Very good! For the first two, I have some suggestions. I notice the horses look like they are 'floating' over the ground.
I'd suggest you put a few layers of the background in front of the horses, like...have the grass in the second one, come up over the hooves a little bit. How to do this would be copy the lower part of the background and paste it to a new transparent layer above the horse layers, and then work with it. :) try and make the horse look like it's actually in the picture, not on it. You can do it.
I will admit it's not the easiest thing in the world to learn how to do, but with practice, expand what you are trying to do.

Also, try smoothing out the edges of your images you are putting onto the background, use the blur tool at a small size and small intensity and that'll help your images blend in more as well. Adding more depth. When you do photo edits and manipulations, you need to keep the depth.


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You're certainly improving! Try adding shadows, and maybe changing up lighting :)

Unless ALL of the pictures you've used are yours, check to make sure they're not copyrighted. If they are, it's a violation of the law.
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Thank you ^^. I have made sure, the backrounds and the pegasus arnt mine, but I checked that I can use them :) the foreground ones are mine. But thanks so much, just one question; how do I add shadow?
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