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Cooking up the Treats => (Vector-)Linux Artwork => Topic started by: Masta on May 02, 2007, 07:23:36 pm

Title: Artwork Update
Post by: Masta on May 02, 2007, 07:23:36 pm
I have added a yellow bubble prop to the Artwork repository. This can be used to make smilies, icons, and well, whatever your heart desires to use it for :)

You can find it here:
http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/vl-artwork/Yellow%20Bubble%20Prop.xcf
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on May 02, 2007, 10:53:55 pm
I wish I could make artwork.  :'(
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Masta on May 03, 2007, 12:16:04 am
Sure you can.
 I'm not a professional, without Gimp's scripts and plug-ins I'd be drawing squiggly stick figures  ;D
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on May 03, 2007, 12:53:56 pm
Sure you can.
 I'm not a professional, without Gimp's scripts and plug-ins I'd be drawing squiggly stick figures  ;D

Any really good tutorials out there? The extent of my artistic ability is drawing a word bubble on a picture of the Norns, as you may have seen already.
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: LLL on May 03, 2007, 04:20:59 pm
Any really good tutorials out there? The extent of my artistic ability is drawing a word bubble on a picture of the Norns, as you may have seen already.

Standard Hanumizzle response to that question: Tried Google?

The www.gimp.org site has a few. The main thing is having a project and playing...

Had an "LOL" moment over your "as you may have seen already" comment...well done - sense of humour is key!
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on May 03, 2007, 05:23:38 pm
Any really good tutorials out there? The extent of my artistic ability is drawing a word bubble on a picture of the Norns, as you may have seen already.

Standard Hanumizzle response to that question: Tried Google?

Actually, I usually don't do that. Anyway, I'm a total n00b at image manipulation, so the only reason I didn't go right to Google is because I wouldn't know which tutorial is the best. I was wondering if anyone would say something like: "I cut my teeth on x, here's a link"
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Masta on May 04, 2007, 03:47:16 pm
Any really good tutorials out there? The extent of my artistic ability is drawing a word bubble on a picture of the Norns, as you may have seen already.

As stated by LLL Google is a great source to find tut's. I am placing a list of links that I have visited at one time or another. For whatever reason I have these bookmarked, so there must be something useful in them  :)
Hope something in these links will be of use to you as well.

http://registry.gimp.org/ (http://registry.gimp.org/) (plug ins)
http://trific.ath.cx/software/gimp-plugins/water-surface/ (http://trific.ath.cx/software/gimp-plugins/water-surface/) (Working Gimp)
http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/ (http://gimp-savvy.com/BOOK/) (Guidebook)
http://www.gimphelp.org/install.html (http://www.gimphelp.org/install.html)
http://forums.nintendo.com/nintendo/board/message?board.id=techsupport&message.id=749342&jump=true (http://forums.nintendo.com/nintendo/board/message?board.id=techsupport&message.id=749342&jump=true)
  (Tutorial, animated smoke.. good for other effects as well)
http://registry.gimp.org/list?category=4 (http://registry.gimp.org/list?category=4) (plug in list)
http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/gimpbrushes/?order=9&alltime=yes (http://browse.deviantart.com/resources/applications/gimpbrushes/?order=9&alltime=yes) (resourceful, brushes, plug ins, etc.)
http://carol.gimp.org/gimp2/artsy-fartsy/gradient/ (http://carol.gimp.org/gimp2/artsy-fartsy/gradient/) (yeah, gradients)
http://gimp.linux.it/www/links.html (http://gimp.linux.it/www/links.html) (links to goodies, categorized)
http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/man/man1/gimptool.1.html (http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/man/man1/gimptool.1.html)
http://www.crazysquirrel.com/computing/software/gimp.jspx (http://www.crazysquirrel.com/computing/software/gimp.jspx) (tools, etc.)
http://howto.nicubunu.ro/jump_out_gimp/ (http://howto.nicubunu.ro/jump_out_gimp/) (TuT', handy for many things)
http://www.iheartny.com/howto_01.html (http://www.iheartny.com/howto_01.html) (Adobe, but works in Gimp)
http://photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cb/brushed-metal.html (http://photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/cb/brushed-metal.html) (as above)
http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorials/Photoshop/404 (http://www.tutorialized.com/tutorials/Photoshop/404) (Adobe, Gimp,etc)
https://lists.uni-koeln.de/pipermail/linux-users/2004-July/004371.html (https://lists.uni-koeln.de/pipermail/linux-users/2004-July/004371.html) (Xanim, very handy with Gimp, link is not English, but provides link to package)
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on May 04, 2007, 04:11:40 pm
https://lists.uni-koeln.de/pipermail/linux-users/2004-July/004371.html (https://lists.uni-koeln.de/pipermail/linux-users/2004-July/004371.html) (Xanim, very handy with Gimp, link is not English, but provides link to package)


Keine Sorge; das kann ich schon lesen...irgendwie intereßier' ich mich nicht für die Animation.

(I'm not that interested in animation anyway. :))

Vielen dank, Masta (a thousand thanks)
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: LLL on May 06, 2007, 08:11:24 am
Things in the Gimp that I've found particularly useful, and a major mind-change for us MS-Paint self-taught hacks:

1) The built-in Help system is very well done; wonder what a button/feature does? Check the help!

2) Selection tools are powerful - select by lasso, colour, contiguous regions, etc.
- When you use them, have a look at the 'Select' menu of the image menu; being able to manipulate exactly what you want in an image is key.
- Also, note, in the Edit menu, that you can 'stroke' a selection - this lets you outline things, create shapes, etc.

3) Layers
- You have to play to understand the power. Consider selecting a region and then 'floating' (Select menu -> Float) it to its own layer.
- Change opacity, etc.
- You can reorder layers by dragging them.

4) Script-Fu and Filters
- Play with them to understand what they do.

I'm starting to realize the power of the 'History' view where you can jump back/forward many steps at a time, and there's so much more to learn...but it does get easier with time :)

Good luck - ask questions!

LLL
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: lagagnon on May 06, 2007, 09:43:03 am
Yeah The Gimp is amazingly powerful but incredibly involved. Sat through a Gimp presentation a while back at our local Linux User's Group. I was amazed at what it can do but much of the stuff is very involved with sometimes sequential steps required to produce an effect - I suspect mastering the Gimp would take months of determined practise!
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on May 06, 2007, 08:13:22 pm
2) Selection tools are powerful - select by lasso, colour, contiguous regions, etc.
- When you use them, have a look at the 'Select' menu of the image menu; being able to manipulate exactly what you want in an image is key.
- Also, note, in the Edit menu, that you can 'stroke' a selection - this lets you outline things, create shapes, etc.

Is there anyway I can select an arbitrary area and alter the color throughout?

I say this because I want to draw a black and white 'corpse paint' mask on a picture of Karl Urban as Éomer.
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: rbistolfi on May 07, 2007, 09:13:05 am
You can use the path tool (just press B) Select the region you need using the bezier curves (is easy once you get it). The selection needs to be closed, so, when your selected region is almost complete, press Enter to close it. Then press "Make selection from path" button. Then you can go to Tools, Color Tools, Tone-Saturation... You can tweak the color of your selection from here.
Hope this help, not an expert like the folks here...

PS: My Gimp is in spanish, the names of the tools are translated by myself, you will find them...if your luck is big as the Moon. If the tool-names are well translated, I am the lucky guy. Sorry I do my best to help  ;)
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on May 07, 2007, 10:11:16 am
That looks about right. Your English is better than you say.
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: rbistolfi on May 07, 2007, 12:36:33 pm
Quote
That looks about right. Your English is better than you say.
Is good to know that, I really needed someone tell me if I am writing well or not, How can I know that?. May be I should talk with a therapyst :D
BTW Is Hue-Saturation, not Tone-Saturation.
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: metvas on May 30, 2007, 09:29:15 pm
Hello All:
I know sometimes you would all suspect me of being "gone fishin", as in lights are on but nobody home...BUT..try this one there was a post I remebered by a guest known as hanimal Nov. 16, 2006. There hanimal posted a very nice piture for a desktop possibility. It was not so much the piture that it is wondeful, but the way VL logo was made. Green...Can you all have a look at the VL logo and let me know what you think of it. As you may know by now I would like to associate VL with "GREEN" as in environmental. But that is me how about YOU? Thoughts...
 BTW I am thinking about homepage!
Thanks for your time
regards
Darrell
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: rbistolfi on May 31, 2007, 06:32:44 am
My personal opinion is the actual vl logo is great and is the best of the vl artwork, my favourite are the "blueglobe" ones (as they are named on the essential pack). I guess this is just personal taste.
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: metvas on May 31, 2007, 09:17:25 am
That is exactly what this thread is about who likes what. Thxs for the response looking forward to more.
regards
Darrell
Title: Re: Artwork Update
Post by: JohnB316 on June 02, 2007, 08:47:45 am
Darrell,

I wouldn't have a problem with a "tweak" to our logo. Many companies modify their logos over time in part to gain brand recognition. If changing logos help VL to be a more recognized distro, go for it. ;-)

Cheers,
John