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Monday, June 21, 2010

Gimp Tutorial by Jo


Good Morning All! 

I'm Jo Davies my blog is Handmade Cards By Jo 

As I am a Newbie Tutorial Artist for Digital Delights By Louby Loo!!!!! (first Tutorial on Tuesday 22nd) Here's a glimpse of the beginning of Tuesday's tutorial to get you started with the basics of using Image Editing Software......

I have been exploring free graphic software to use with digital images, so others can have a go too. I have come across Gimp Free Image Editor Package, so here is a basic Gimp Tutorial how to create a basic card size canvas, layout, layers and to re-size digi images.

Let’s get cracking……

Open your program and select FILE – NEW:

Select FILE  then  NEW

Next a box will open to choose your canvas size. I have chosen my canvas to be 11” x 5.5”, with a white background:

Enter Size and click OK

We should have a blank canvas:


Next we need to add a transparent layer select LAYER a box will open and your screen will then look like this:

Select LAYER & NEW LAYER

Another box will open and we need to choose Transparency and click Ok:

Select TRANSPARENT then OK

So we now have our blank canvas and transparent layer:


Next we need to open the PNG image that we are going to use. I am using Honey Pot Larry from Digital Delights By Louby Loo.  FILE OPEN Choose Honey Pot Larry:

Select image then OPEN
Under EDIT, select COPY

EDIT then COPY
Close the image window.....

Now we need to paste in our new canvas, so after closing Honey Pot Larry PNG image, on your canvas select EDIT and PASTE.

Select EDIT then PASTE

We need to re-size Honey Pot Larry as he’s too big!  Your screen should look like this:


We are going to re-size to approx 5.5” Square but you can change the size to what you prefer.  We need to select TOOLS and TRANSFORM TOOL followed by SCALE:

Next the SCALE window will pop open – amend the width & height boxes type in 5.5 X 5.5 inches as shown below:


Select SCALE

Ok our canvas should now look like this:


Now we can save print Honey Pot Larry out on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 inch (A4) cards stock.

You can see what I create with Honey Pot Larry on Tuesday 22nd on Digital Delights By Louby Loo Tutorials!

Please have a look at Digital Delights By Louby Loo Shop too!

Feedback and further Gimp Tutorial suggestions appreciated.

Love Jo xxx

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3 comments on "Gimp Tutorial by Jo"

G-ma on June 21, 2010 at 8:20 AM said...

I had GIMP software on my computer and replaced with Artweaver.... but I'm going to look at GIMP again. Thank you.

Rhonda Miller on June 21, 2010 at 12:07 PM said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I am using gimp now and need some help. I would love to see mor tutorials using it (especially how to merge images).

Spyder on June 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM said...

I've had GYMP for ages, and so far have only flipped and coloured so this has been great!!
(Lyn)