Creating Icons. Text and images Copyright (C) 2002 Jakub Steiner and may not be used without permission of the author.
Intention Almost every desktop enviroment I've seen has a special application for creating icons, usually a very limited drawing application. In this short tutorial, we'll show you how GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) can help you create icons for your desktop. Before You Begin As with any new task, it will help to have a little background information: Filenames and Structure GIMP enables you to save compressed files and work with them transparently, using the .xcf format. Nautilus (gnome-vfs) can't yet handle compressed GIMP native files Choosing a Color Palette You may think palettes are only necessary in special cases like indexing colors of web images.
You may want to consider using a palette that already exists. If you prefer to create your own palette, it's best to just define the most basic colors. Getting Started To create a new image file, press Ctrl+N. A Few Tricks Antialiasing. How to Make a Folder Icon. In this tutorial you will learn how to create a nice folder for your desktop or a website. 1. First of all create a new document which is 128 x 128 pixels large and has a transparent background. 2. Make a new layer, choose the Pen Tool and draw a shape wich is similar to this one: 3.
Gradient Overlay #FFd27A -> #FFB912 Stroke Size: 1px Position: Outside Color: #C07C33 Inner Glow Blend Mode: Normal Color: #FFFFFF Choke: 100% Size: 1px After that it should look something like this: 4. And now scale it down a little bit, so that it looks like an 3d opened folder: The result of step 4: 5. 6. Gradient Overlay: Opacity: 10% #000000 -> #FFFFFF Angle: 50° Stroke Size: 1px Position: Outside Color: #D6D6D6 It should now look similar to this one: 7. 8. That's it. Removing an object on a photo with GIMP. Tutorial to remove objects (or people) and restore the portion of the background they hide in a photo with the Resynthesizer plugin.
An impressive video has been posted on Youtube to show how, with Photoshop, it is possible to delete objects in an image automatically, without any design work. The same can be done with The Gimp in fact and for longer (it is not impossible that the same algorithm has been reused). This plugin "re-synthesizes" the background" and rebuilds it from same elements on the photo. It can thus reconstruct the sky, lawn, or even more complex views, from a sample taken from the image. First, see the Resynthesizer tutorial to know the purpose of controls. We will put in practice the commands using the same pictures that the Photoshop demonstration video. Using Resynthesizer in Script-Fu.