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15 April 2013

How to Create Layered Text with a Shiny Highlight in Inkscape

A Comparison of Inkscape with GIMP


After writing an article for GIMP called How to Create Layered Text with a Shiny Highlight in GIMP, I wondered what the difficulty level would be for doing the same thing in Inkscape. I decided to follow along with the original instructions from Shiny, Double-Beveled Text by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson in the March 2004 issue of Photoshop User instead of reproducing the exact steps I used in GIMP.

The instructions below describe how to create this image using Inkscape version 0.48.2 r9819:



08 April 2013

How to Create Layered Text with a Shiny Highlight in GIMP

A GIMP Practice Exercise for Layers and Selections


I recently read an article called Shiny, Double-Beveled Text by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson in the March 2004 issue of Photoshop User and thought it would be cool to reproduce the steps in GIMP as an exercise in translating Photoshop techniques into GIMP techniques. If you follow these instructions, you'll get some practice with creating and manipulating layers, using a mask on a layer, and creating and altering selections to achieve various effects.

One of the steps involves creating an outer glow. I describe a manual method for that, but if you already have a plugin that does outer glow you can use it instead. Some useful effects, including outer glow, can be found in gimp_scripts-2.8.zip, which can be downloaded from GimpHelp.org. Another plugin called Layer Effects by Jon Stipe contains shadow, glow, overlay, and other effects, and can be found at the GIMP Plugin Registry.

The instructions below describe how to create this image:



02 April 2013

How to Replace the Sky in a Photo

A Simple GIMP 2.8 Tutorial


Have you ever had a nice outdoor picture of something, say a building, where the exposure on the building was good, but the sky looked drab, washed out, or overexposed, and you wondered what you could do to make the sky look better? You could replace the sky either with a simple solid blue color of the appropriate intensity or with a linear or radial blue gradient. Sometimes that's fine, but sometimes you'd like a different effect to make the image more interesting.

In this tutorial I'll describe a technique you can use to create this image:


Final Adjusted Sky

from this image:

Original Drab Sky