GIMP: Removing People From a Photo

Idea:

It’s a candid photo of a beautiful moment that would be almost perfect for a thank you card except … what do you do with all those people in the background of the photo?

Instructions:

  1. Get the full resolution of the photo (hopefully it’s larger than 1MB)
  2. Using GIMP (a free alternative to Photoshop) select the Clone Tool
  3. Use the clone tool!

Images:

MJ engagement animation

Stay tuned for the next post where we talk about how we used the edited photo.

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GIMP: Textured Text Tutorial

Has it really been 5 months since my last post?

At least the lack of posts was not in vain.  Aside from the long hours at work, I’ve also busied myself with buying a house.  As if that was not enough, I decided to make a pit-stop move out of my apartment and into my bf’s condo to save on rent while I wait to close.

It’s been 5 months and I REALLY miss crafting.  I miss working on GIMP and Adobe Illustrator.  I miss searching for inspirations, designing and going into final production.  As a result of my pine for crafting in combination with the encouragement from my crafter friends I’ve given myself a reason to make a return to crafting (albeit a temporary one until I really get settled into my new home) and show you my ‘I’ve Moved’ postcard notice.

I’m not done yet but this post is to share how to make text look textured or stamped as seen in the inspiration project by Ruff House Art’s ‘We’ve Moved’ post card.

1. Follow the steps provided here.

You’re done!

Here’s what mine looks like using a picture of corrugated cardboard.

Mac App: How to Install Gimp Scripts

It’s been a while since I’ve used Gimp. After months of toying with my Silhouette and Texture boutique, I am finally getting back to printed cards.

For one of my latest cards, I wanted to turn a regular photo into a sketch. Gimp doesn’t come out-of-the-box with the sketch filter so I had to try and add it. Thanks to a quick google search I found the script here. About 5-10 clicks later, I found my instructions for ….

How to Install a Gimp Plug-in (v2.6.11) on a Mac (Snow Leopard OS):
Pre-requisite knowledge: Basic navigation on a mac (opening files, right-click,
locate downloaded files), basic knowledge of Terminal, know what your terminal password is, how to locate and use Gimp Plug-ins
1. Download the script (files with .scm extension)
2. Navigate to /Applications
3. RIGHT click & select “Show Package Contents”
4. Navigate to /Resources/share/gimp/2.0/scripts
5. Move/Copy the script file to the “scripts” folder
6. If Gimp is still running, shut it down and start it back up.

Good luck to you Gimp sketchers out there!

It’s Not Alive!: Printer go bye bye

I am so bummed. This is probably what I deserve for being too lazy and not caring enough about my leaky ceiling from the freak storm last week.
Last night when I tried to print my DIY Spongbob pop-up card for D’s nephew, my printer, which happened to get dripped on, gave me a weird error. What do you mean “Remove and check cartridge on right”???
Please printer Gods, bring my HP photo printer back to life! My crafts depend on you! Should I try to make a Grilled Jesus and pray like Fynn did on Glee last night?
Anyway, before I discovered my comatosed printer, I was creating a Spongbob pop-up card template using one of the papercrafts as a baseline. Spongebob obviously also had to have a message to deliver so Google led me to some cool sites that have Free Speech Bubble Brushes for GIMP, Spongebob fonts and Disney fonts. I had to brush up on how to install brushes into GIMP but in the end, i’m happy with the results. Now, if only I could print the damn thing! No printed project, no pictures. 😦

Mac App: Gimp isn’t so Gimpy

I love my Macbook & I love all the mac open source applications as well. It took a while to find a good open source graphics editing app but once I found Gimp, my arts never went limp [insert corny smile here].
I recently upgraded to v2.6 and I just started using plug-ins and custom brushes. There are so many plug-ins and custom brushes out there but very little information on how to install them. After doing a bit of googling, I puzzled some of the many solutions together and here you are folks, a comprehensive list of instructions to follow on how to install Gimp plug-ins and brushes to Gimp v2.6.

How to Install a Gimp Plug-in (v2.6) on a Mac (Leopard OS):
Pre-requisite knowledge: Basic navigation on a mac (opening files, right-click,
locate downloaded files), basic knowledge of Terminal, know what your terminal password is, how to locate and use Gimp Plug-ins

1. Download the plug-in (files with .py, .c, etc extensions)
2. Navigate to /Applications
3. RIGHT click & select “Show Package Contents”
4. Navigate to /Resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins
5. Move/Copy the plug-in file to the “plug-ins” folder
6. Open Terminal
7. Type “cd //”
8. Type “cd applications/gimp.app/contents/resources/lib/gimp/2.0/plug-ins”
9. Type “sudo chmod u+x [insert plugin name here].py”
10. Enter your password
11. Restart Gimp
12. Follow instructions from site or readme file where plug-in was downloaded to locate the plug-in on Gimp

How to Install an Adobe Photoshop brush into Gimp (v2.6) on a Mac (Leopard OS):
Pre-requisite knowledge: Basic navigation on a mac (opening files, right-click, locate downloaded files), how to locate and use Gimp Brushes

1. Download the Adobe Photoshop brush (files with .abr, etc extensions)
2. Navigate to /Applications
3. RIGHT click on GIMP & select “Show Package Contents”
4. Navigate to Contents/Resources/share/gimp/2.0/brushes
5. Move/Copy the brush file to the “brushes” folder
6. Restart Gimp

Happy Gimping!

Here are some of my Gimp creations for various occassions.