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So, if anyone uses Gimp or has some specific questions about it, here you go!
I also spelled out a very short walk-through of the program in the First Victim thread.
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| October 20, 2010, 9:20 pm
:-((((( I don't even know what gimp is..... I'm really suck with this century of computer.....
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| October 21, 2010, 1:37 am
Quoting christophe corthay
:-((((( I don't even know what gimp is..... I'm really suck with this century of computer.....

GIMP is a free photo/picture editing software similar to photoshop.
You can download it here:
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
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| October 21, 2010, 6:13 am
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Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
GIMP is a free photo/picture editing software similar to photoshop.
You can download it here:
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Is that what you use?
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| October 21, 2010, 1:56 pm
Quoting El Barto !
Is that what you use?

No, Im working with photoshop, though its an old version. But Ive heared a lot of good things about GIMP and Im sure it works similar to photoshop. More later.
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| October 21, 2010, 2:17 pm
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy
GIMP is a free photo/picture editing software similar to photoshop.
You can download it here:
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/


Thanks dude !! I'll try to download then after using it on picture.....
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| October 22, 2010, 4:29 pm
Hey Guys. I'm trying to make and gimp experince easier. I trying to use the paths tool to highlight around my lego model. I get all the way around my lego but can't seem to erase the parts that I don't want after I'm done with paths tool. I know it can be done. Any help would be great, thanks
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| November 29, 2010, 12:18 am
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys. I'm trying to make and gimp experince easier. I trying to use the paths tool to highlight around my lego model. I get all the way around my lego but can't seem to erase the parts that I don't want after I'm done with paths tool. I know it can be done. Any help would be great, thanks

You know, I started out trying to use that tool, but it drove me NUTS! I just use the plain old eraser in ever increasing magnification.
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| November 29, 2010, 5:15 pm
Simple one to start, I have lost the right side toolbar with the eye and overlay shortcuts on it and can't figure any way to get it back.
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| December 19, 2010, 4:57 pm
Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys. I'm trying to make and gimp experince easier. I trying to use the paths tool to highlight around my lego model. I get all the way around my lego but can't seem to erase the parts that I don't want after I'm done with paths tool. I know it can be done. Any help would be great, thanks


I use GIMP 2.2.13 (which is a bit old), on a Linux computer, therefore it might be different from yours. I don't use the path tools but the "select shapes" tools and it works very nicely. It's also called "intelligent scissors": it follows correctly the contours but you must some points. At the end, you must put a point on the first one, then click inside the object to be cut. After this, a copy/paste works fine. Or, you do Select/Invert and then cut to remove the rest of your image. I hope it helps...

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| December 20, 2010, 3:11 pm
Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys. I'm trying to make and gimp experince easier. I trying to use the paths tool to highlight around my lego model. I get all the way around my lego but can't seem to erase the parts that I don't want after I'm done with paths tool. I know it can be done. Any help would be great, thanks

I joined this group just so I could answer this. :P

Once you've gone all the way around the part you want with the paths tool and closed the open ends of your path, you can go under "Select" and hit "From path" or press shift-v. The area is now selected and you can press delete to remove the selected area. However, if the selected area is what you want to keep, you'll need to invert the selection with control-i. Those are the basics. You can later refine your technique with "Grow", "Shrink", and "Feather", under the "Select" menu.

GIMP can be difficult to master, but it's what I've been using since forever now, and if used right can give Photoshop serious competition.
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| December 22, 2010, 6:49 pm
Quoting I Scream Clone
Simple one to start, I have lost the right side toolbar with the eye and overlay shortcuts on it and can't figure any way to get it back.

Windows > Recently Closed Docks

Or if that doesn't work for you, you'll need to build a new dock from scratch.
Windows > Dockable Dialogs
Select the ones you want and drag 'n' drop them together to re-create the previous setup, or seize the opportunity to customize and build it your way.
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| December 22, 2010, 6:53 pm
Quoting David Calvet
I don't use the path tools but the "select shapes" tools and it works very nicely. It's also called "intelligent scissors": it follows correctly the contours but you must some points...

I've tried the 'Intelligent' Scissors before, but they never really worked for me. Especially in darker conditions when everything is too blended to be distinguishable by the computer. I prefer to use paths because they can be saved (unlike a selection which can only be brought back with undo) and offer a lot of other options. However, paths can be confusing as heck early on, and it took me a long time to figure out how to use them. You should give them a shot sometime.
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| December 22, 2010, 7:02 pm
Thanks Jeff, I will try some of these tips.
Josh
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| December 22, 2010, 7:25 pm
Quoting Jeff Fauble
I've tried the 'Intelligent' Scissors before, but they never really worked for me. Especially in darker conditions when everything is too blended to be distinguishable by the computer. I prefer to use paths because they can be saved (unlike a selection which can only be brought back with undo) and offer a lot of other options. However, paths can be confusing as heck early on, and it took me a long time to figure out how to use them. You should give them a shot sometime.


Thanks for the tip. I'll try the paths, it looks interesting. I never had troubles with the intelligent scissors, usually I take pictures with a white background.

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| December 23, 2010, 1:02 pm
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/255839

First attempt!!!
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| March 7, 2011, 9:01 pm
Quoting Jeff Fauble
Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys. I'm trying to make and gimp experince easier. I trying to use the paths tool to highlight around my lego model. I get all the way around my lego but can't seem to erase the parts that I don't want after I'm done with paths tool. I know it can be done. Any help would be great, thanks

I joined this group just so I could answer this. :P

Once you've gone all the way around the part you want with the paths tool and closed the open ends of your path, you can go under "Select" and hit "From path" or press shift-v. The area is now selected and you can press delete to remove the selected area. However, if the selected area is what you want to keep, you'll need to invert the selection with control-i. Those are the basics. You can later refine your technique with "Grow", "Shrink", and "Feather", under the "Select" menu.

GIMP can be difficult to master, but it's what I've been using since forever now, and if used right can give Photoshop serious competition.

Just wanted to say thanks for this hint about the paths tool. It was a life saver. Really helped on my hammerhead creation. Thanks again bud.
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| March 7, 2011, 10:50 pm
You're welcome. I'm glad I could help.
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| March 7, 2011, 11:22 pm
Hey Guys here is another mindstorm. Some of the lego creations you see on MOCpages have there creation but it has a clean white background. By clean I mean there is not a white board or sheet in the background. Is there some way you can take your pics and then if using Gimp or Photoshop just tell the program to erase the stuff around your lego creation so its just a plain white background. Makes your creations look very professional. Any help would be great cuz Im pretty much finished with my next MOC. Thanks guys.
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| April 11, 2011, 8:55 am
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys here is another mindstorm. Some of the lego creations you see on MOCpages have there creation but it has a clean white background. By clean I mean there is not a white board or sheet in the background. Is there some way you can take your pics and then if using Gimp or Photoshop just tell the program to erase the stuff around your lego creation so its just a plain white background. Makes your creations look very professional. Any help would be great cuz Im pretty much finished with my next MOC. Thanks guys.

Either plain white or a color that might match up nicely with your MOC. I bet if you just have a blank screen as a background layer instead of a picture. If you fiddle with the color settings you should be able to do whatever you want. Looking forward to a new creation!
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| April 11, 2011, 11:14 am
Question -- does GIMP have the ability to add caption boxes? I want to do a comic strip type thing with text balloons. Does GIMP have that ability?
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| June 6, 2011, 4:59 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
Question -- does GIMP have the ability to add caption boxes? I want to do a comic strip type thing with text balloons. Does GIMP have that ability?

Yes, there is, and I've used it a few times. Probably need to read the demo on it, though.
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| June 6, 2011, 5:08 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
kk

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| June 6, 2011, 7:50 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
Question -- does GIMP have the ability to add caption boxes? I want to do a comic strip type thing with text balloons. Does GIMP have that ability?

MSpaint works better.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/163620
It's old and could've been done better, but it should do the trick.
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| June 6, 2011, 8:23 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
ignore

Anyway, I haven't had much luck with understanding how it works, just basics. Sounds like MSpaint is the ticket!
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| June 6, 2011, 9:37 pm
Alright, after playing around and getting frustrated, I cheated. Yep, that's right, I cheated! So I edited the pics and cropping to what I wanted and then... well, I downloaded a free version of FX Foto and used the very simple text boxing technique found there. It worked well enough for my purposes on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/273558
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| June 8, 2011, 6:43 pm
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Quoting Archon Mitchell
Alright, after playing around and getting frustrated, I cheated. Yep, that's right, I cheated! So I edited the pics and cropping to what I wanted and then... well, I downloaded a free version of FX Foto and used the very simple text boxing technique found there. It worked well enough for my purposes on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/273558

That works! Although in a few shots it seems to have chopped some of the dudes. I'd ask Dennis Price what it is he does for his comic dialogue.
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| June 8, 2011, 6:53 pm
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Quoting AA (Noname)
Just wanted to share:
I took this picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aa-noname/5815149808/in/photostream/ and opened it with GIMP. I choose the (only) layer and added an alpha channel. After that, I cropped out the windows with the free selection tool, and then pasted the skyline image and made it a new layer:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aa-noname/5814579235/in/photostream/
Is there any way to do it even faster?
If you want to see more: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/273804

The Paths tool works like a charm for me.
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| June 12, 2011, 4:26 am
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So, I'm going to interject a question of my own.

I've got an edit I'd like to do, but one of the layers, the effect I want to make has it solid at top and slowly become translucent(partially transparent) near the bottom. I want a nice clean transition too. How do I do this? I've not been able to figure it out on my own.
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| July 14, 2011, 9:59 am
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
So, I'm going to interject a question of my own.

I've got an edit I'd like to do, but one of the layers, the effect I want to make has it solid at top and slowly become translucent(partially transparent) near the bottom. I want a nice clean transition too. How do I do this? I've not been able to figure it out on my own.

Ah yes, the blending thing. I did this in my Caprica City Waterfront build. Basically add the layer on top of the background, and use the eraser at increasing levels of transparency. At the boarder, erase at 10%, then swipe across at 20% and so on. Getting it to not look banded might be difficult, but if your doing a "cloaking ship", you might be able to make the eraser as big as the ship? That way you won't need to worry about bands. Hopefully that helps!
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| July 14, 2011, 10:36 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Ah yes, the blending thing. I did this in my Caprica City Waterfront build. Basically add the layer on top of the background, and use the eraser at increasing levels of transparency. At the boarder, erase at 10%, then swipe across at 20% and so on. Getting it to not look banded might be difficult, but if your doing a "cloaking ship", you might be able to make the eraser as big as the ship? That way you won't need to worry about bands. Hopefully that helps!

Actually, I've already tried that, but because the layer that I'd doing it with is so big, It just gets banded anyway. I was hoping there would be a tool or something that would just allow a gradual transition.
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| July 14, 2011, 10:48 am
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
Actually, I've already tried that, but because the layer that I'd doing it with is so big, It just gets banded anyway. I was hoping there would be a tool or something that would just allow a gradual transition.

Can't scale it down first, erase, then back up?
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| July 14, 2011, 11:12 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Can't scale it down first, erase, then back up?

I'm afraid it would lose too much detail if I do that. It's going to be a mecha edit, but it's going to fill most of the picture.

I just don't know if I'll be able to get what I want to do done without a smooth transition.
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| July 14, 2011, 11:27 am
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I'm afraid it would lose too much detail if I do that. It's going to be a mecha edit, but it's going to fill most of the picture.

I just don't know if I'll be able to get what I want to do done without a smooth transition.

How about erasing with that sunburst tool? You'll get a different effect, but it will be easier to manage. Might look pretty wicked!
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| July 14, 2011, 1:56 pm
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I am proud to say that I figured out how to do the effect I wanted. I found out I had to use a transparency mask, and a gradient fill. It turned out quite nicely.
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| July 18, 2011, 8:38 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I am proud to say that I figured out how to do the effect I wanted. I found out I had to use a transparency mask, and a gradient fill. It turned out quite nicely.

Glad you found a way around the problem, and looking forward to the results! I'm unfamiliar with what you're talking about, so maybe you can fill us in with some more details!
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| July 18, 2011, 9:54 pm
I use the manual lasso tool to cut out a lego creation for a pic. It takes a few minutes to go around the edge but its worth the time because it makes a real clean finish. After you have the border selection, invert it, add an alpha layer, feather by a couple pixels (i usually do 5 on large photos), the erase with a large eraser, repeated passes with the eraser tighten down the edges as needed.
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| August 1, 2011, 12:22 pm
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I use GIMP for my CYOA editing, but lots of what I make turns out kind of basic, especially things like lightning. Any tips on how to make a good lightning effect?
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| August 25, 2011, 10:57 am
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Quoting Cody G
I use GIMP for my CYOA editing, but lots of what I make turns out kind of basic, especially things like lightning. Any tips on how to make a good lightning effect?

You could try taking a picture of real lightening and erase around it, then scale and paste it over the moc. I've done that with explosions before.
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| August 25, 2011, 1:22 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
You could try taking a picture of real lightening and erase around it, then scale and paste it over the moc. I've done that with explosions before.

That's a really good idea! Thanks!
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| August 25, 2011, 3:31 pm
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Quoting Cody G
That's a really good idea! Thanks!

One trick with that is to erase around the lightening bolt, but as you get closer to it, change the erasing opacity to lower percentages, that way you won't get a harsh line. With explosions, I've used the sparkle tool to do the erasing, and that creates a random edge that looks more natural. That's what I did in this shot:
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=269425&id=/user_images/44801/1306369406m

So, the space background, the ships then the explosion pictures, then erase with the sparkle to show the target underneath. Badda bing!



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| August 25, 2011, 5:04 pm
Your advice is sound, oh wise one, and should work with PSE as well.
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| August 25, 2011, 5:16 pm
Quoting El Barto !
You could try taking a picture of real lightening and erase around it, then scale and paste it over the moc. I've done that with explosions before.


Another technique for getting lightning is to have a black/white gradient with a fairly sharp change in the middle (but not too sharp, just mess with it until it works) and then the Difference Clouds filter on that. Invert the image you get from that, and then use a soft eraser to erase around the lighting-like line that should be at about wherever the black started turning to white. Put that onto a black background, set the blending mode to Hard Light, and then color it using the hue/saturation settings in the Colors menu. You can now merge the layers and once again use a soft eraser to take the bolt out of it's background. You can duplicate and transform the bolt you have made multiple times for more complex patterns of lightning.



Quoting Mister Bones
Your advice is sound, oh wise one, and should work with PSE as well.


That's the program I use as well.

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| August 25, 2011, 5:56 pm
Having to outline the whole MOC to make a blank background is kind of tedious. Is there an easier way to do this?
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| August 25, 2011, 5:57 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
Having to outline the whole MOC to make a blank background is kind of tedious. Is there an easier way to do this?

You can do a rough outline, and then use Alpha to Selection and do the rest with the pencil tool. If you're dealing with lots of straight edges, it's easier because you can shift-click to make straight lines that follow the edges of Legos very well.
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| August 25, 2011, 7:24 pm
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Quoting Cody G
You can do a rough outline, and then use Alpha to Selection and do the rest with the pencil tool. If you're dealing with lots of straight edges, it's easier because you can shift-click to make straight lines that follow the edges of Legos very well.

A lot of people do that, and different programs might be easier. But I always use the good old eraser, and with some practice, it's pretty quick.
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| August 25, 2011, 7:53 pm
I just downloaded GIMP and will try to play around with it more but when I load my Pictures i have it compresses it to a small size so using the cut tool is somewhat difficult. I think it reduced the program file fro 1.2 MP to 50 KB. Should I use I higher res picture or is there a setting I can change?
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| August 26, 2011, 6:30 pm
Quoting Shadow Master X
Having to outline the whole MOC to make a blank background is kind of tedious. Is there an easier way to do this?


Honestly, you're best just taking your photos with a piece of paper and some well placed lights.

However, if you want the kind of absolutely featureless, shadowless, pristine background that only editing can get you, then by far the easiest way is to photograph on a background that contrasts a lot with the build. Then you can use the magic wand to much greater effect than usual to very quickly erase a background. Erasers, etc. can be used to do any little bits of necessary clean up work afterward.


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| August 26, 2011, 7:06 pm
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Quoting Brody Allen
I just downloaded GIMP and will try to play around with it more but when I load my Pictures i have it compresses it to a small size so using the cut tool is somewhat difficult. I think it reduced the program file fro 1.2 MP to 50 KB. Should I use I higher res picture or is there a setting I can change?

I usually scale the images to about 1000 on the Image drop down bar, Scale Image function. Then I just zoom in to erase.
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| August 26, 2011, 7:45 pm
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Quoting Connor Simpson

Honestly, you're best just taking your photos with a piece of paper and some well placed lights.

However, if you want the kind of absolutely featureless, shadowless, pristine background that only editing can get you, then by far the easiest way is to photograph on a background that contrasts a lot with the build. Then you can use the magic wand to much greater effect than usual to very quickly erase a background. Erasers, etc. can be used to do any little bits of necessary clean up work afterward.


Yeah, if you just want a plain background, for sure that's the easiest thing to do. Get some foam boards from an art store, a few light diffusers, and you're set. For me, doing space scenes, I'm more concerned with the direction of the light.
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| August 26, 2011, 7:50 pm
Quoting El Barto !
Yeah, if you just want a plain background, for sure that's the easiest thing to do. Get some foam boards from an art store, a few light diffusers, and you're set. For me, doing space scenes, I'm more concerned with the direction of the light.


If I want to have special lighting on a photo, I often just use the lighting effects filter, or some soft brushes can be equally effective at times. However, both of out methods, judging from your Galactica stuff, work equally well, so it's really just a matter of personal taste.
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| August 26, 2011, 9:53 pm
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I took your advice on the lightning, Barto, and I think it turned out well with Magneton, but not so well with Jolteon. Any tips for that and the explosion that I made?

Oh yeah, and I put you in as a mini boss as thanks for your help. :)
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| September 6, 2011, 10:38 am
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Quoting Soap M.
How do I get it, how does it work?

gimp.org I think. Look around this group, you'll probably find a link somewhere.
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| September 7, 2011, 11:39 am
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One more question, how can I make a good shadow effect? I put a MOC of mine in front of a background where the light source is behind the MOC, but the front of my MOC is well-lit. I reduced the brightness of that layer a bit, but it doesn't look much like a shadow.
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| September 8, 2011, 1:09 pm
Quoting Cody G
One more question, how can I make a good shadow effect? I put a MOC of mine in front of a background where the light source is behind the MOC, but the front of my MOC is well-lit. I reduced the brightness of that layer a bit, but it doesn't look much like a shadow.


To make a shadow, I usually do the following:

1. Select the object that's going to be casting the shadow.

2. Make a new layer

3. Fill the selection of your object with black on the new layer.

4. Deselect all.

5. Use transform, rotate, and similar tools on the black layer until it's in the right position and its shape looks good.

6. Blur to taste.
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| September 8, 2011, 1:27 pm
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Thanks!
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| September 8, 2011, 1:33 pm
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Quoting Xemnas The lost
Hey guys! It takes a long time for me to trace around an object with the paths tool. Anything that might be quicker?

I just erase around it at increasingly higher magnifications.
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| September 22, 2011, 11:15 am
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I told you about the magic wand tool as a reply to your comment on Mirage. It's a great tool if you don't mind the small outline that is the color of your original background. If you don't like that outline, a way to get around it is to use the erode feature (great for posters if you don't want a studio quality foreground), OR you could select all the background using select by color feature, and then enlarge the selection with the grow feature. That should also get rid of the outline.


Basically, there are tons of ways to get rid of a MOC's background, you just need to find the one you like best.
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| September 22, 2011, 8:50 pm
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One question, I'm trying to find an effect that makes propellors look like they're spinning. Is there a radial option on the blur effect that I don't know about?
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| September 23, 2011, 9:16 am
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Quoting Cody G
One question, I'm trying to find an effect that makes propellors look like they're spinning. Is there a radial option on the blur effect that I don't know about?

Properly twitched Twist And Pinch effects should do the trick. I'm not sure where you'd go to find 'em, though. Somewhere in Effects, but beyond that I can't remember.
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| September 23, 2011, 9:23 am
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All right, I'll try that out. Thanks!
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| September 23, 2011, 4:33 pm
Quoting El Barto !
So, if anyone uses Gimp or has some specific questions about it, here you go!
I also spelled out a very short walk-through of the program in the First Victim thread.


Hey, I just got Gimp, and I want to know how to make pics like yours, with the background and layers and stuff. can you help me?
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| September 27, 2011, 5:43 pm
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Quoting Tony Lin

Hey, I just got Gimp, and I want to know how to make pics like yours, with the background and layers and stuff. can you help me?

Backgrounds are pretty straightforward, Barto uses the eraser and I usually use the magic wand tool. Once the background is gone, it's just a matter of copying and pasting your MOC onto a cool background.

It's a good idea to skim through this thread for ideas, I'm pretty sure there are at least one or two good descriptions on how to put a MOC over a background.
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| September 27, 2011, 7:38 pm
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Quoting Tony Lin

Hey, I just got Gimp, and I want to know how to make pics like yours, with the background and layers and stuff. can you help me?

There's a quick run-down of how to set up the pictures in the New Members thread to get you started with the basics. Troll Google Images for some space scenes to use as backgrounds. Let me know if you have any problems. Have fun!
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| September 28, 2011, 8:25 pm
I'm not very good with GIMP. What I am really having trouble with is gunshot effects. I use the same sparkle technique, but it isn't very good. I also have trouble with Lazers, specifically making them glow.

If anyone could help, I'd really appreciate it.
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| October 8, 2011, 6:52 pm
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Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
I'm not very good with GIMP. What I am really having trouble with is gunshot effects. I use the same sparkle technique, but it isn't very good. I also have trouble with Lazers, specifically making them glow.

If anyone could help, I'd really appreciate it.

Areesta has a GREAT tutorial on lasers and gun flashes, I suggest you take a look at that. Use the select tool to draw a shape, then feather it, and fill it in with a transparent color. Then shrink it a few pixels, lighten the color, and fill again. A few of those and then a white one on top should look good.
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| October 8, 2011, 8:43 pm
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Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
I'm not very good with GIMP. What I am really having trouble with is gunshot effects. I use the same sparkle technique, but it isn't very good. I also have trouble with Lazers, specifically making them glow.

If anyone could help, I'd really appreciate it.

Glow: you don't want them to "glow" per se, you want them to be semi-transparent. I don't know if the guy above's method would work, but I find my method works quite well. At least for me. As for explosions/gun flashes.. mh, I dunno. The method I use works- usually. Sometimes it looks a bit wonky, and because I'm hella lazy, I don't tend to redo it.

Example: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/azazaza/Rogue-Faction-2-3/6.png
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| October 9, 2011, 12:26 am
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Okay, so I'm going to need a bit of help with ideas. I'm trying to make a scene with a helicopter attacking a landing platform. I have them both built (the platform is just an elevated square attached to a facade) but figuring out how to take the photos and what to do with them after they're taken is a bit beyond me. Does anyone excel at GIMPing aerial combat scenes?
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| October 13, 2011, 9:35 am
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Quoting Cody G
Okay, so I'm going to need a bit of help with ideas. I'm trying to make a scene with a helicopter attacking a landing platform. I have them both built (the platform is just an elevated square attached to a facade) but figuring out how to take the photos and what to do with them after they're taken is a bit beyond me. Does anyone excel at GIMPing aerial combat scenes?

Assuming they're both the same scale, you can just take a few pics of them the way you want for the scene. But I'd take some focused on the platform, and some on the chopper, creating a depth of field similar to what you'd see on TV. Then edit out all the surrounding, and even the chopper separately if the stand shows.
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| October 13, 2011, 9:52 am
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Quoting El Barto !
Assuming they're both the same scale, you can just take a few pics of them the way you want for the scene. But I'd take some focused on the platform, and some on the chopper, creating a depth of field similar to what you'd see on TV. Then edit out all the surrounding, and even the chopper separately if the stand shows.

So just take a picture of the landing pad and then take a picture of the helicopter and paste both of them over a background?
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| October 13, 2011, 4:10 pm
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Quoting Cody G
So just take a picture of the landing pad and then take a picture of the helicopter and paste both of them over a background?

Sort of. I'd set of the seen on a porch or something, with reasonable distances between the chopper and pad. Take some with the focus on the foreground (chopper), and some focusing on the pad. That will create a sense of depth at a human scale. If both are in focus, everything looks small. Let's say you focus on the chopper launching a missile with the pad out of focus. Then the next shot can focus on the pad exploding with the chopper out of focus in the foreground. That makes it look like the missile is traveling a real distance. What I meant about slicing and dicing the pics would be to eliminate any stands or furniture that might be in the way, or make little adjustments in their placement.
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| October 13, 2011, 4:23 pm
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I usually try and imagine how the scene would play out on TV. A shot of the pad, a shot of the chopper flying through a canyon or something. A shot of the chopper lining up its weapons, then a side shot of the missile launch. A shot of the explosion with the chopper slightly out of focus in the foreground. Then a shot of the crew inside. Mission accomplished!
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| October 13, 2011, 4:42 pm
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Ah, I see now. Thanks!


One more question, completely unrelated to helicopters: how would I create a light effect for a lightsaber that appears to shine on the holder of the lightsaber? Just adding a red light during photography would probably be easiest, but is there a good, GIMP alternative?
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| October 13, 2011, 6:44 pm
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Quoting Cody G
Ah, I see now. Thanks!


One more question, completely unrelated to helicopters: how would I create a light effect for a lightsaber that appears to shine on the holder of the lightsaber? Just adding a red light during photography would probably be easiest, but is there a good, GIMP alternative?

That's a tricky one! I suggest taking two pics. One of the fig holding the lightsaber. Another one with the fig holding a red brick lightsaber that reflects enough of the red back onto the fig. Then you can use Gimp to switch out the lightsabers. You may need to fiddle with the lighting to get the red reflection just right, but it shouldn't be too difficult. Getting two identical shots of the fig might be a pain, but I bet it will look better than drawing something on the fig.
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| October 13, 2011, 7:11 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
That's a tricky one! I suggest taking two pics. One of the fig holding the lightsaber. Another one with the fig holding a red brick lightsaber that reflects enough of the red back onto the fig. Then you can use Gimp to switch out the lightsabers. You may need to fiddle with the lighting to get the red reflection just right, but it shouldn't be too difficult. Getting two identical shots of the fig might be a pain, but I bet it will look better than drawing something on the fig.

Actually, there is a much simpler way. Choose at the top bar, in Filters, the Light and Shadow sub Menu. Then select Supernova. Set the color you want it to be, and reduce the radius to 2 or 3 and the Rays to 1. Place it right at the spot where the hilt meets the blade. Then do your blade effect on top of that. The Supernova will not show, but the 'glare' around it will, and it will give the effect of casting a glow.

You can see examples here:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290603

Look at the Drone's (robots) eyes.
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| October 13, 2011, 9:53 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
Actually, there is a much simpler way. Choose at the top bar, in Filters, the Light and Shadow sub Menu. Then select Supernova. Set the color you want it to be, and reduce the radius to 2 or 3 and the Rays to 1. Place it right at the spot where the hilt meets the blade. Then do your blade effect on top of that. The Supernova will not show, but the 'glare' around it will, and it will give the effect of casting a glow.

You can see examples here:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290603

Look at the Drone's (robots) eyes.

Good call! Thanks guys!
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| October 15, 2011, 10:52 pm
I use GIMP :D

Have been experimenting with it for a long time. I use it on all my pictures for minor things (contrast, brightness, etc) and also major things (white backgrounds, effects, etc).

If you have any questions feel free to ask me ;D
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| October 22, 2011, 4:54 am
I need to now how to make it look like nighttime. And please tell me WHERE THE TOOLS ARE before you start typing away!
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| October 27, 2011, 7:44 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
I need to now how to make it look like nighttime. And please tell me WHERE THE TOOLS ARE before you start typing away!

Uh, you can just turn off the light... Just joshin'! No, you can hit the Colors drag down menu, then Brightness/Contrast. I used a night vision camera setting for one episode, never seen anyone else do it before. Lots of black lights, but not this. I have a camcorder that has the feature, and it also takes still shots, badda bing!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/260951
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| October 27, 2011, 8:09 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
I need to now how to make it look like nighttime. And please tell me WHERE THE TOOLS ARE before you start typing away!

I would add a new layer (under the "layer" tab, select "New Layer" and set it to transparent). Then, using the fill bucket (the paint bucket thing in the toolbox), fill the entire picture with black or grey, but have the transparency set to 30 or 40 percent. (when the paint bucket tool is selected, the transparency can be changed in the lower half of the toolbox)

There are probably better ways by tampering with the brightness or the light and shadow filters, but I don't have that much experience with that. Maybe you could just turn off your lighting and increase the shutter time on your camera.

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| October 27, 2011, 8:12 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
Uh, you can just turn off the light... Just joshin'! No, you can hit the Colors drag down menu, then Brightness/Contrast. I used a night vision camera setting for one episode, never seen anyone else do it before. Lots of black lights, but not this. I have a camcorder that has the feature, and it also takes still shots, badda bing!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/260951


That works alright, but for the best night effect, especially if you want to add lights and overlapping shadowed areas, then there are better ways to do it.

First of all, here's an example of what I mean.

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=290603&id=/user_images/29725/13180864721

The easiest way is to do 2 layers. One you'll cut from the horizon down, the other the whole picture.

The whole picture you'll want to colorize to the appropriate shade(red for sunset, blue for night itself). Then use Bright/Contrast. Darken to suit the level of light. (sunset won't be as dark). Use the contrast sparingly.

The foreground you aren't going to colorize. Darken it, and use a tad more contrast.

Do note that even for the cut sections, you want a FULL layer(sized the same as the base image).
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| October 27, 2011, 11:07 pm
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My fire isn't quite as brilliant as I want it, any ideas on how to fix it? (look at the main picture) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/293053
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| October 28, 2011, 8:20 pm
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Quoting Cody G
My fire isn't quite as brilliant as I want it, any ideas on how to fix it? (look at the main picture) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/293053

Try adding a small nova under the flames and give the flames a little transparency.

Also check out this tutorial!
http://makeebookcovers.com/tutorial/how-to-make-fire-with-gimp/
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| October 28, 2011, 8:24 pm
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Now that is cool! Thanks! :)
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| October 29, 2011, 3:32 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
I need to now how to make it look like nighttime. And please tell me WHERE THE TOOLS ARE before you start typing away!

Brightness/contrast for brightness and contrast, Curves for making shadows deeper.

In practice you don't need it to be dark, you just need to make it LOOK like it's dark. As an example, see any movie with night scenes in it, ever.
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| November 1, 2011, 2:25 am
Does anyone know how to make static in GIMP?

Like if the camera feed wasn't that good, and there was a bit of static on the screen.
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| November 8, 2011, 7:41 pm
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Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
Does anyone know how to make static in GIMP?

Like if the camera feed wasn't that good, and there was a bit of static on the screen.

Good question. There's bound to be a filter for that, I'll start looking...
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| November 8, 2011, 9:09 pm
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Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
Does anyone know how to make static in GIMP?

Like if the camera feed wasn't that good, and there was a bit of static on the screen.

Found 'em. Filters, Noise, and there are a bunch of features in there you can mess around with. There's also Filters, Distorts, there's wind effect, and some video monitor distortions. That ought to keep you busy!
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| November 8, 2011, 9:24 pm
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For a nice static effect, try this.

Create two layers ABOVE the image to get static.

The first we'll call A, the second B.

For Layer A, Choose the Render Filter, Clouds, Solid Noise. Set the detail to 15, Check the turbulent box to the right, set the X-Size to 1 and the Y-Size to max.

For Layer B (which is above A), Choose Render, Clouds, Plasma. Set the turbulency to 7 and randomize. Then under Colors, Desaturate the Plasma with the light option. Set Layer B's transparency to 50% so you can see A underneath.

Merge the two layers into one (C). In the layers window to the right, set the layer type to dissolve, and then set the transparency to what you feel suits to image. Darker images will need more transparency, brighter images, less.

Hope this is along the lines of what you were looking for!
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| November 8, 2011, 10:01 pm
Another question, this sounds really simple, but I'm still trying to learn GIMP: how do you put one layer behind another?

What I'm attempting is to alter one picture so I can put a camera feed in an area, the picture I took is too complicated to put the other pic over it. What I want to do is cut an area out (the computer screen) and put another pic behind it.

I'm not sure how clear that explanation was.
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| November 9, 2011, 7:04 pm
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Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
Another question, this sounds really simple, but I'm still trying to learn GIMP: how do you put one layer behind another?

What I'm attempting is to alter one picture so I can put a camera feed in an area, the picture I took is too complicated to put the other pic over it. What I want to do is cut an area out (the computer screen) and put another pic behind it.

I'm not sure how clear that explanation was.

I think I understand, but you may still need to put the camera feed pic over the main pic. You should scale it to fit the monitor, then you can refine it by erasing around the image border, it won't mess up the bottom layer. If you go to the First Victim thread, there's a quick run-down for layering. I'm working on something like this right now. I did one a few episodes ago, too. Is this what you're talking about?
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=274008&id=/user_images/44801/1307731662m
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| November 9, 2011, 7:56 pm

Ya, that's what I'm doing.

I've been trying for an hour to get it to look right above the backround.
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| November 9, 2011, 8:08 pm
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Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
Ya, that's what I'm doing.

I've been trying for an hour to get it to look right above the backround.

An easy way to do that is to use the free selection tool (many call it lasso), and select around the edge of the area you want to replace. When you finish the selection, then right click and cut.

Create a new layer, and in the layer pane, place the layer under the one you want on the foreground. Size and move to the position that you want.

Do a seperate layer for each section/window you want to do.
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| November 9, 2011, 9:00 pm
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I'll have to give that a try! Thanks RG!
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| November 9, 2011, 9:50 pm
I finished the picture I was editing, everything turned out great, except the static.

Thanks for the help!
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| November 11, 2011, 10:06 pm
Hey everyone I discovered a great tech for getting your creations on a spacebackground in a fraction of the time. Without having to erase all the way around your ship. And you can keep using once you have cut out all around your ship, mech etc. Using GIMP.
#1 File- Open As Layers
#2 Find whatever creation you want to cut out from your pictures.
#3 Layers- Go down to Transparency- Add alpha channel. This will add the checker board layer behind your picture.
#4 Next hit B on your key board or the Paths tool.
#5 Go around your creation but before you complete going around first hit Ctrl on your key board. This will allow you to complete the path around your whole creation.
#6 Now Hit "Shift V", this will in a sense highlight the path around creation.
#7 Now you have to opinions from here. You can now hit delete and everthing in the middle of path will be gone. Or if like me you want to see your creaion now hit "Ctrl I" and then press delete. This will allow you to keep everything in the middle saved and the outside of path to be deleted.
#8 Now once you are this far you should see a checkered background with your creation on top.
#9 Now go to File- Save As.
#10 Very Important. Give you file a name but where it says "JPG" you want to replace those letters with "GIF".
This will allow you to reuse and use again all your creations without having to go back again and again to cut out everything with the paths tool.

Hope this helped and If you would like futher help I can also answer questions faster on my Group Sci Imagination and Art.

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| November 26, 2011, 8:53 am
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This will allow you to reuse and use again all your creations without having to go back again and again to cut out everything with the paths tool.

Hope this helped and If you would like futher help I can also answer questions faster on my Group Sci Imagination and Art.

Well, thanks a lot for this advice! Why didn`t I think of that myself? I always added a bluescreen-like background around the MOC and marked it with the magic wand tool and so on. Thanks for saving me a lot of time!
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| November 26, 2011, 9:20 am
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That's going to be a BIG time saver! In the past I had simply saved pics with the Galactica on various backgrounds, in various orientations, so that later I could add Vipers or whatever. But this will be much more useful. Thanks, Dude!!!
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| November 26, 2011, 10:59 am
Know problem guys glad the pointer helped. Yeah I knew there had to be a faster way. For one I lack the time to always go around each of my creations one by one. Still working on new Tech's so ill be back from time to time to give helpful advice. Later Guy's.
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| November 26, 2011, 3:11 pm
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Hey guys! I'm still having trouble with that wave picture. Since there have been some really good tips recently, hopefully someone can help me. I'm trying to create a water effect that makes it look like a bunch of people are getting washed away. I can upload what I have so far if anyone needs a reference for clarity.
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| December 5, 2011, 11:14 am
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Okay, I sort of solved my wave problem, enough to where I've decided to move on to the helicopter scene. Is there a tool that can help me align a background picture so it has the same perspective as my MOCs?
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| December 12, 2011, 10:38 am
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Quoting Cody G
Okay, I sort of solved my wave problem, enough to where I've decided to move on to the helicopter scene. Is there a tool that can help me align a background picture so it has the same perspective as my MOCs?

It really depends on which axis you want to align it. And the picture you want to use. Some won't even need it.
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| December 12, 2011, 5:03 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
It really depends on which axis you want to align it. And the picture you want to use. Some won't even need it.

True. I've got a few pictures that have worked out very well, but some just look a bit awkward.
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| December 12, 2011, 10:12 pm
Theoretical situation: If I build a J.J. Abrams-Stile U.S.S. Enterprise in LDD and want to add the appropriate lens-flares, Is there an easy way to do so in GIMP? If so, How?

--Thx, Rich
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| December 15, 2011, 7:02 pm
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Quoting Richie "Richie2571" Collins
Theoretical situation: If I build a J.J. Abrams-Stile U.S.S. Enterprise in LDD and want to add the appropriate lens-flares, Is there an easy way to do so in GIMP? If so, How?

--Thx, Rich

There are a bunch of Lens Flare features in Gimp. Just go to Filters, then Light and Shadow, then you'll see Lens Flare and a bunch of other stuff. You'll easily kill an hour goofing around with all the options. Have fun!
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| December 15, 2011, 7:55 pm
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Quoting El Barto !
There are a bunch of Lens Flare features in Gimp. Just go to Filters, then Light and Shadow, then you'll see Lens Flare and a bunch of other stuff. You'll easily kill an hour goofing around with all the options. Have fun!

Yeah, there's so many of them. I should probably play with them myself.
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| December 15, 2011, 8:04 pm
Quoting El Barto !
There are a bunch of Lens Flare features in Gimp. Just go to Filters, then Light and Shadow, then you'll see Lens Flare and a bunch of other stuff. You'll easily kill an hour goofing around with all the options. Have fun!

Thanks a lot!
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| December 15, 2011, 9:24 pm
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I like Fearow One, but the surf attack still needs work.
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| December 19, 2011, 12:35 pm
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I'm afraid I don't quite understand what you're trying to acomplish with the first one. What angle is it at, and what is it supposed to be reflecting?

As for the second one, the main flame from the gun is well made, though off center. It's aiming downward, so you might want to realign it. Also, the little flames shooting out to the side kind of detract to the effect in my opinion. But still very well made. I like the close up.
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| December 19, 2011, 6:46 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
I'm afraid I don't quite understand what you're trying to acomplish with the first one. What angle is it at, and what is it supposed to be reflecting?

It's supposed to be a wave that is washing those underneath it away. Like this: http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/3/37/Surf_III.png
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| December 20, 2011, 11:05 am
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Quoting Cody G
It's supposed to be a wave that is washing those underneath it away. Like this: http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/media/upload/3/37/Surf_III.png

Is it a shot from the side, or the top? And I take it they're supposed to be submerged?
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| December 20, 2011, 5:55 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
Is it a shot from the side, or the top? And I take it they're supposed to be submerged?

From the side, and yes.
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| December 20, 2011, 11:43 pm
Hey Guys sorry to cut Cody off, but I need some advice on the best way to design wormholes in space using GIMP. Also the best way to design Hyperspace. I tried messing with it on my last Graphic Novel Update but was not happy with how it turned out. Here is a link to my latest work. http://mocpages.com/moc.php/300364 Any pointers would be great and suggestions of what to work on next. Keep in mind Im trying to keep my stuff as realistic as possible. Thanks again guys...
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| December 21, 2011, 5:58 pm
Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys sorry to cut Cody off, but I need some advice on the best way to design wormholes in space using GIMP. Also the best way to design Hyperspace. I tried messing with it on my last Graphic Novel Update but was not happy with how it turned out. Here is a link to my latest work. http://mocpages.com/moc.php/300364 Any pointers would be great and suggestions of what to work on next. Keep in mind Im trying to keep my stuff as realistic as possible. Thanks again guys...

What kind of wormhole are you trying to replicate here?
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| December 21, 2011, 6:06 pm
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Hey Guys sorry to cut Cody off, but I need some advice on the best way to design wormholes in space using GIMP. Also the best way to design Hyperspace. I tried messing with it on my last Graphic Novel Update but was not happy with how it turned out. Here is a link to my latest work. http://mocpages.com/moc.php/300364 Any pointers would be great and suggestions of what to work on next. Keep in mind Im trying to keep my stuff as realistic as possible. Thanks again guys...

Here's an image of, from what I read, is what a wormhole would look like. It seems to me that a fish-eye lens distort would be a good idea to toy with. Good luck!
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| December 21, 2011, 6:16 pm
Quoting Richie "Richie2571" Collins
What kind of wormhole are you trying to replicate here?

Basically a ship traveling through a wormhole. Or a event horizon opening in space. Something that gives the illusion that a ship will appear through it or already coming out of it. I like how stargate did there wormholes as well as there hyperspace jumps but really want to make something my own not just copy and paste something from the internet.
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| December 21, 2011, 6:19 pm
Quoting Cody G
Here's an image of, from what I read, is what a wormhole would look like. It seems to me that a fish-eye lens distort would be a good idea to toy with. Good luck!

Thanks Cody never thought about using that lens but I will give that a try and hopfully it will be in the next Graphic Novel Update. Thanks Bro.
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| December 21, 2011, 6:29 pm
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Quoting Peter Mowry
Thanks Cody never thought about using that lens but I will give that a try and hopfully it will be in the next Graphic Novel Update. Thanks Bro.

That sounds like a good idea, and you also might try adding a sparking/lightning effect around the edge. Here's a link to a really good tutorial that works great.

http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/3971/1/1/how-to-make-lightning-in-gimp.htm
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| December 21, 2011, 11:00 pm
Quoting Rabid Goldfish
That sounds like a good idea, and you also might try adding a sparking/lightning effect around the edge. Here's a link to a really good tutorial that works great.

http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/3971/1/1/how-to-make-lightning-in-gimp.htm


Hey thanks Rabid I took a look at the sight Ill have to do some messing around with that cuz that would be really sweet inside a lazer blast. Would make it even more realistic. Thanks bud hope to have another Update very soon. Cheers...
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| December 22, 2011, 7:47 pm
How do i turn a white space surrounding a shape into a transparency?
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| December 29, 2011, 6:58 pm
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Quoting Richie "Richie2571" Collins
How do i turn a white space surrounding a shape into a transparency?

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/270112
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| December 29, 2011, 8:00 pm
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Peter found this link on creating explosions and various pyrotechnic effects! Ka-BOOM!

http://gimp-tutorials.net/Creating-Fireball-and-Explosion-effect-in-Gimp
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| December 31, 2011, 11:32 pm
Is there an easy way to photo edit around those curved edges? I am in desperate need of tips.
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| January 7, 2012, 9:06 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
Is there an easy way to photo edit around those curved edges? I am in desperate need of tips.

Clarify what you mean by curved edges. Do you mean any shape on MOCs that aren't straight, or did you have a specific piece in mind? Most people just zoom in and erase the background manually (and carefully) until they are satisfied.
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| January 9, 2012, 4:19 pm
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Quoting Cody G
Clarify what you mean by curved edges. Do you mean any shape on MOCs that aren't straight, or did you have a specific piece in mind? Most people just zoom in and erase the background manually (and carefully) until they are satisfied.

But then there are the Fuzzy Select guys, like Cody! I'm still just an eraser. Erase, zoom, erase, zoom...
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| January 9, 2012, 4:34 pm
Quoting Cody G
Clarify what you mean by curved edges. Do you mean any shape on MOCs that aren't straight, or did you have a specific piece in mind? Most people just zoom in and erase the background manually (and carefully) until they are satisfied.

I mean any part of the MOC that isn't straight.
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| January 9, 2012, 7:20 pm
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Quoting Shadow Master X
I mean any part of the MOC that isn't straight.

Right, so you have two basic options: fuzzy select and manual. I use fuzzy select for most of my edits, and it's a very quick alternative, although not as refined as manually selecting or erasing. Simply select the fuzzy select tool (looks like a magic wand), and click the background. You may have to do a shift-click to select multiple parts of the background if there are shadows and such, but that will quickly select the whole background. Then go to select, invert to select your MOC instead of the background. Then copy your MOC and paste it into a separate picture (your background), and you're done!

Two things though: First, it's good to have a slightly contrasting background to your MOC so the fuzzy select tool doesn't select parts of your MOC that are similarly colored to the background. Although, if this should happen, you can always hit the alpha to selection button (lower left corner, looks like a little red square), and erase the selection that is on your MOC.

Second, there may be a slight amount of your background still existing on the rim of your MOC. You can either try to erase that manually, zoom in and fuzzy tool select it and delete it, or simply shrink your selection (once you have the MOC selected) to decrease the border size.

This method, while maybe not suited for high-quality photos like Barto and Peter create, is a quick and easy way to avoid the hassle of tracing curves manually.
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| January 10, 2012, 9:32 am
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Hey, does anyone have any good shadow techniques? I tried to draw some in manually, but they don't look the best.
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| January 15, 2012, 11:17 am
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Quoting Cody G
Hey, does anyone have any good shadow techniques? I tried to draw some in manually, but they don't look the best.

The easiest way is to use the Perspective shadow, and then the perspective transform tool. That way, you can change it to the perspective you need.
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| January 15, 2012, 2:08 pm
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Quoting Rabid Goldfish
The easiest way is to use the Perspective shadow, and then the perspective transform tool. That way, you can change it to the perspective you need.

Awesome, thanks!
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| January 16, 2012, 1:38 pm
Quoting El Barto ! Eraser tip

I'm trying break into the editing world, and I read half a dozen online GIMP tutorials and NONE of them mentioned using the eraser. This is so much faster, simpler, and easier than whatever the heck the tutorials wanted me to do. Thanks a ton!
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| February 26, 2012, 9:10 pm
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Quoting Medieval Guy
I'm trying break into the editing world, and I read half a dozen online GIMP tutorials and NONE of them mentioned using the eraser. This is so much faster, simpler, and easier than whatever the heck the tutorials wanted me to do. Thanks a ton!

Glad to help. A few other notes. Don't be afraid to really zoom in when erasing, making the eraser smaller and smaller as you go, and even erasing past the edges of the moc EVER so slightly. Then when you're done erasing, save it first as a '.gif' file, instead of '.jpg'. That way you can go back and use it again with different backgrounds (see Peter Mowry's comment above) Personally, I do all of my erasing manually; I find it theraputic, like peeling an orange or something. Peter and Cody prefer using the tools, quicker and more predictable. Good luck!
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| February 26, 2012, 10:10 pm
Quoting Medieval Guy
I'm trying break into the editing world, and I read half a dozen online GIMP tutorials and NONE of them mentioned using the eraser. This is so much faster, simpler, and easier than whatever the heck the tutorials wanted me to do. Thanks a ton!

hehehe! LOL i often just work those things out on my own... much quicker!
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| February 26, 2012, 10:17 pm
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Hey guys, just wanted to share a quick tip on cleaning up white backgrounds in literally a few seconds if you are lazy like me. Now, the results do not instantly mean no other work, but it does a tonne is a snap. When you moc is against a white background, or it itself is white, simply go to filters/artistic/softglow
In the example I'll link you can see how much the picture is improved with next to no effort from me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59626519@N05/6942095085/in/photostream

This filter in effect, selects white areas, brightens them and adds a white transparency in a adjustable radius around the white areas. A few sliders on the preview page allow you to edit it as you like, but often I find default is enough.

Now, its not fool proof, and some extra editing may be needed, but it cuts out a lot of work, and is great for those instant gratification people like me.

Just thought I'd share that with you guys.
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| February 29, 2012, 4:44 pm
Cool! Just make sure that your background isn't too close in color to the MOC.
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| February 29, 2012, 7:13 pm
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I've actually had it work well with white on white as well, but they we two different shades of white, both somewhat dark.
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| February 29, 2012, 7:28 pm
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I've never used softglow for that purpose. Fascinating! :D
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| March 5, 2012, 9:29 am
Hi! I'm new to GIMP so I would like a kind of "mentor" (as Cody G said).


My first two attempts:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/312695

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/312556
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| March 5, 2012, 2:49 pm
Quoting Legobob ~
Hi! I'm new to GIMP so I would like a kind of "mentor" (as Cody G said).


My first two attempts:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/312695

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/312556
well i could be your Mentor,i have being on gimp forever.

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| March 5, 2012, 4:04 pm
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Quoting Legobob ~
Hi! I'm new to GIMP so I would like a kind of "mentor" (as Cody G said).


My first two attempts:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/312695

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/312556

Good to have you! You can submit these MOCs in the "First Victim" thread to have them critiqued, or if you have any questions regarding how to create a specific effect, feel free to ask.
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| March 5, 2012, 4:14 pm
Quoting Demontile the Demon god of Darkness and ?

could you help me out here- i've used GIMP, but now I can't use the photo! what do I do?
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| March 7, 2012, 9:57 pm
Quoting Aidan Bryant
I've actually had it work well with white on white as well, but they we two different shades of white, both somewhat dark.

I don't quite get how to get it up.. is it on GIMP?
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| March 7, 2012, 10:08 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
I don't quite get how to get it up.. is it on GIMP?

Yep, in GIMP go across the top tab bar, select filters/artistic/soft glow and you're set.
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| March 8, 2012, 1:58 am
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Quoting The Timinater !
could you help me out here- i've used GIMP, but now I can't use the photo! what do I do?

When you save the image, click "select file type" at the bottom of the save window. Make sure it's JPEG or another usable format. You can save a project as a project (can't remember the extension at the moment), and you can then re-open it in GIMP and work on it more easily, but it won't show up as an actual picture.
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| March 8, 2012, 9:27 am
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Quoting Cody G
When you save the image, click "select file type" at the bottom of the save window. Make sure it's JPEG or another usable format. You can save a project as a project (can't remember the extension at the moment), and you can then re-open it in GIMP and work on it more easily, but it won't show up as an actual picture.

If you've erased an image and want to save it for later, the file extension is .gif Comes in really handy, for me in particular, reusing the same ships from episode to episode.
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| March 8, 2012, 10:02 am
Quoting Aidan Bryant
Yep, in GIMP go across the top tab bar, select filters/artistic/soft glow and you're set.

ah, yes, thanks, i see it... cheers!
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| March 9, 2012, 5:49 pm
Quoting El Barto !

how do you get the cool background images in the photos?
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| March 9, 2012, 5:56 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
how do you get the cool background images in the photos?

Find the image online or take a picture yourself, and open that in a separate GIMP file. Then, in a new layer, paste the MOC you want on top of that file. I prefer to erase the background first, but others take the whole thing and erase it after they paste it onto the other image.
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| March 12, 2012, 7:54 pm
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Quoting The Timinater !
how do you get the cool background images in the photos?

I search Google Images. "Planet" or "Space Scenery" or whatever. I save them all in their own folder. Just make sure the files are big enough to maintain good resolution. Nothing smaller than say, 600 across, give or take.
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| March 12, 2012, 9:00 pm
Quoting Cody G
Find the image online or take a picture yourself, and open that in a separate GIMP file. Then, in a new layer, paste the MOC you want on top of that file. I prefer to erase the background first, but others take the whole thing and erase it after they paste it onto the other image.

ok, sounds like a bit of work...
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| March 12, 2012, 11:59 pm
Quoting El Barto !
I search Google Images. "Planet" or "Space Scenery" or whatever. I save them all in their own folder. Just make sure the files are big enough to maintain good resolution. Nothing smaller than say, 600 across, give or take.

ok, cheers!
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| March 12, 2012, 11:59 pm
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I don't know if this has occurred to anyone else, but I just thought to use the spark brush and the colorize tool together. Barto, I know you use the spark brush a lot, so this could come in handy if you want to make different colored explosions.
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| March 15, 2012, 9:49 pm
This is sort of like what Aidan said:
http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Changing_Background_Color_2/
I added it to my favorites, and I might advise you to do the same.
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| March 23, 2012, 2:17 pm
I recently tried a dust effect on my latest MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/317704. Noboby is really saying anything about it, but I'm just wondering: how good is it?

If it can be done better, please say why.
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| April 8, 2012, 10:52 am
Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
I recently tried a dust effect on my latest MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/317704. Noboby is really saying anything about it, but I'm just wondering: how good is it?

If it can be done better, please say why.


I generally don't like heavily edited photos. I suppose it looks fine. Though I don't think you should have edited the water part. Just my opinion. :-)
-LB Senior
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| April 8, 2012, 7:35 pm
Got a question: I have made several MOCs that have a large amount of white pieces built in them such as a snow scene. I began using GIMP to give the build a nice clean white background. However, due to having a white build, a white background would make the build "invisible" or hard to see. How would you guys suggest working around this?
-LB Senior
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| April 8, 2012, 7:38 pm
Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
I recently tried a dust effect on my latest MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/317704. Noboby is really saying anything about it, but I'm just wondering: how good is it?

If it can be done better, please say why.

whoa! I hadn't noticed it!

looks great!

not sure about the water, though...
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| April 8, 2012, 7:39 pm
Quoting Lego Builders
Got a question: I have made several MOCs that have a large amount of white pieces built in them such as a snow scene. I began using GIMP to give the build a nice clean white background. However, due to having a white build, a white background would make the build "invisible" or hard to see. How would you guys suggest working around this?
-LB Senior

use a dark wackground?
or is it too late?
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| April 8, 2012, 7:40 pm
Quoting The Timinater !
use a dark wackground?
or is it too late?


Yes, I have thought of that, but it kind of defeats the purpose. I already posted the snow creation. I was just wondering.
-LB Senior
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| April 8, 2012, 7:58 pm
Quoting Lego Builders

Yes, I have thought of that, but it kind of defeats the purpose. I already posted the snow creation. I was just wondering.
-LB Senior

true... dunno, sorry.
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| April 8, 2012, 8:00 pm
Quoting The Timinater !
true... dunno, sorry.


Thanks for the suggestion anyways.
-LB Senior
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| April 8, 2012, 8:23 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders

Thanks for the suggestion anyways.
-LB Senior

You could try turning down the brightness and turning up the contrast once you've erased the background. You might end up with some yellow snow, but at least you'd be able to see the details.
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| April 9, 2012, 9:24 am
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Right, or change the contrast/brightness on the moc. Either way, that ought to work.
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| April 9, 2012, 9:30 am
Thanks guys. I'll give it a shot when I have another creation with white bricks.
-LB Senior
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| April 9, 2012, 10:20 am
so I'm new to this group and I was wondering about GIMP. Obviously it's a photo editing software, so that's cool. But what exactly can you do with it? Lasers, smoke, that sort of thing? and how long does it take to edit an IRL MOC with GIMP (new background, lasers, smoke, other various effects, etc.)
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| April 10, 2012, 4:11 pm
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Quoting LTE the Mechanier
so I'm new to this group and I was wondering about GIMP. Obviously it's a photo editing software, so that's cool. But what exactly can you do with it? Lasers, smoke, that sort of thing? and how long does it take to edit an IRL MOC with GIMP (new background, lasers, smoke, other various effects, etc.)

Welcome to the Group, you've come to the right place! Once you get the hang of it, a decent edited shot can take me 10-15 minutes. Check it out http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/310128 Cody uses a shortcut tool, so he can crank them out faster. He's got all sorts of effects.
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| April 10, 2012, 8:40 pm
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Quoting LTE the Mechanier
so I'm new to this group and I was wondering about GIMP. Obviously it's a photo editing software, so that's cool. But what exactly can you do with it? Lasers, smoke, that sort of thing? and how long does it take to edit an IRL MOC with GIMP (new background, lasers, smoke, other various effects, etc.)

Nice to see you're getting into Gimp. There's such a huge amount of things you can do with it, you'll never even scratch the surface. As for how long, I've found that how long is irrelevant. Take as long as you need to achieve the effect you want, and it's time well spent.

For me, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, since I have a habit of toying with different effects.

I hope you have fun with it!
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| April 10, 2012, 8:53 pm
Quoting Legobob ~

Never mind, I've found it. :)
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| April 11, 2012, 5:10 am
well, I've GIMPed some pictures... wanna take a look? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/318531
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| April 11, 2012, 2:24 pm
Quoting Rabid Goldfish
Nice to see you're getting into Gimp. There's such a huge amount of things you can do with it, you'll never even scratch the surface. As for how long, I've found that how long is irrelevant. Take as long as you need to achieve the effect you want, and it's time well spent.

For me, it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, since I have a habit of toying with different effects.

I hope you have fun with it!

Your right, it is really fun. I have a MOC with 4 GIMPed pics. Mind taking a look and critiquing it? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/318531
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| April 11, 2012, 2:26 pm
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What sort of critiques were you looking for?
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| April 17, 2012, 9:32 am
Quoting Cody G
What sort of critiques were you looking for?

um, just advice, really. And if it felt like there was to much GIMPing. I don't want a critique of the MOCs, just on the GIMP effects I used. Does that help?
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| April 17, 2012, 10:58 am
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Quoting LTE the Mechanier
um, just advice, really. And if it felt like there was to much GIMPing. I don't want a critique of the MOCs, just on the GIMP effects I used. Does that help?

A bit. Like I said in my comment, you've done very well with the spray paint tool. I would like to see other effects from you as well, though. Adding backgrounds and cool effects besides gun flashes and laser blasts really help to show off a mech or other vehicle in action.
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| April 17, 2012, 2:53 pm
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Hey everyone, just a quick tip: the "cartoonify" tool (under filters => artistic) is a GREAT tool for making MOCs look like they're in a comic book. It is also good for making a background look a little bit more suitable for Lego. Have you ever had a background that just doesn't look right because it's so in-focus and detailed? Cartoonify it!
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| June 1, 2012, 3:14 pm
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Quoting Cody G
Hey everyone, just a quick tip: the "cartoonify" tool (under filters => artistic) is a GREAT tool for making MOCs look like they're in a comic book. It is also good for making a background look a little bit more suitable for Lego. Have you ever had a background that just doesn't look right because it's so in-focus and detailed? Cartoonify it!

Great tip, Cody!
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| June 1, 2012, 8:48 pm
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