March 21, 2008

Photo Montage Tricks

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Alright today I am going to teach you how to create one of those colorful photo montages usually used in advertising. The original tutorial was written by Ian Keltie, a Newcastle-based commercial artist, for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. We are going to try to achieve something similar to this:

March 19, 2008

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

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Today I will be showing you how to create an urban-style piece of artwork in Gimp based off of the tutorial by Markus at This is personally one of my favorite styles that I have been wanting to learn how to make, so I figured why not try a Photoshop one in Gimp? It gives it that creative and challenging aspect to it.

March 18, 2008

Quick Grungy Poster

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Here is the Quick Grungy Poster tutorial that was originally written for Photoshop by Fabio at PSDTuts. I remade it for the Gimp. For this tutorial you will need some grunge brushes. Go to and search "Gimp Grunge Brushes." You can also use grunge Photoshop brushes if you want due to Gimp supporting Photoshop brushes. If you want to learn how to install them, go here and look at my guide to installing anything in Gimp.

March 8, 2008

Mulitcolor Glowing Floral Image Tutorial

A video tutorial on how to make a multicolor glowing floral image in Gimp.

Download the high resolution video here.

How to Install ANYTHING in Gimp

I've seen a lot of questions about installing different things in Gimp, such as scripts, brushes, gradients, fonts, etc. So, now I'm here to help. I will be showing you how to install things in Windows.

Go to My Computer\Your Hard Drive (usually drive C)\Program Files\Gimp-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\

As you can see, you have different designated folders each item goes in. For brushes, paste them into the Brushes folder, for gradients, paste them into the Gradients folder, and so on.

Now, for fonts, they are different. You have to actually install the font on your computer for it to work. To do this, go to My Computer\Your Hard Drive (again, usually C)\WINDOWS\Fonts

Paste your font into the Fonts folder. You should see an install dialog pop up.

Make sure you restart Gimp so your new items will load.

With regards, Glider

March 7, 2008

CD Case Tutorial

Alright, so here is a CD case tutorial inspired by my Software Box Tutorial. This one is actually a bit easier to make.

1) Create a 550x550 image with a white background. Create a new layer and make a rectangular selection that is a about 400x400 pixels.

2) Give the selection a background color, so we can see the base of the case. Right click on the layer, Alpha to Selection. Copy and paste. Press the new layer button so the rectangle is on it's own layer that is equal to it's size. You can delete the other copied layer.

3) Now decorate the newest layer to your liking so it looks like a CD case cover. Here's mine:

4) Now, we will add some rotation to it. Rotate it to your liking with the Rotate tool. I rotated mine to appear tilted upward. Now duplicate the layer. Right click, alpha to selection on the duplicated layer. Fill the duplicated layer with a dark color that matches your color scheme. Put the dark layer behind the designed layer and move it to where it appears to "shadow" the designed layer, or gives it depth.

5) Now we will make the CD that goes inside it. Create a new layer. Use the ellipse tool and make selection of a bout 390x390 pixels. Fill it with a light gray. Duplicate the layer and right click, alpha to selection. Fill the selection with a dark gray. Make the darker layer shadow the lighter layer like we did with the box.

6) With the lighter layer on the CD selected, go to Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Lighting Effects. Play around with the light until you get something like mine.

7) Merge the two CD layers. Move the CD layer between the front designed part of the case and the back part. Position it like mine. Merge the layers.

8) Now we will create the reflection. Duplicate the CD case. On the duplicated layer, go to Layer -> Transform -> Flip Vertical. It should now be upside down. Move that layer below the original, making it reflect it. Then, right click on the upside down layer and alpha to selection. Use the FG to Transparent gradient, with white as the foreground color. Apply the gradient to where the bottom layer appears to fade out. It should look somewhat like mine.

9) Now we will make the grid. Create a new layer. Choose a light gray for your foreground color, and a darker, but not too dark, gray for the background color. Go to Filters -> Render -> Pattern -> Checkerboard. Raise the pixel size to about 40. Click Ok.

10) Now we will position the layer to look like a 3D rendered grid. Use the perspective tool and position it like mine. You may need to zoom out a bit.

11) Click Ok. Move and resize all layers as you may need to. When you are done you should have something like mine.