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25 September 2013

How to Create a Textured Background Using Color Functions and Bump Maps

In a previous tutorial, I described a method of creating a background using overlays of various artistic GIMP filter effects. In this tutorial, I'll describe a method of creating a textured background with a 3D look, similar to the one in the following image, using a photo of some gray stone and various functions from the Colors menu combined with Bump Mapping.

You Belong Typographic Design

16 September 2013

How to Create Weathered Text on Wood

Let's say you want to create the look of text painted on a wooden board and you want the text to look like it's been out in the weather for a long while. There are several methods you can use to distress text. You can find some of them on the web by searching for “GIMP text”, plus one of the following words: weathered, distressed, worn.

This tutorial describes how to create the following image using a photo of a gray board, some text, and a photo of a rusty metal texture that is processed and turned into a layer mask. You can download the two photos (Weathered Gray Wood 0099 and Rusty Metal 0817) from the Free Images page of my blog.

Bear Foot Cabins Sign

06 September 2013

How to Create Lightning Bolts with GIMP

GIMP is really useful for adding special effects to photos and drawings. In this article I'll describe a simple method for creating lightning bolts that can then be resized, reoriented, scaled, or otherwise processed to fit into an image.

04 September 2013

GIMP Magazine Issue 4

GIMP Magazine Issue 4

News Flash!

GIMP Magazine Issue 4 is now available. You can download it for free, or buy a print or tablet copy.

The featured article this issue is an interview with Christopher Mark Perez, a master of photography and portraiture.

Other items include:

  • An article on reflections photography
  • A tutorial on creation of a triptych
  • An article about the first year of GIMP Magazine
  • Issue 2 of The Hunt for Wilber comic
  • A gallery of photography by Rolf Steinort
  • A gallery of artwork by various people in the GIMP community
  • A tutorial on vignetting
  • A tutorial on creating the look of a vintage photo
  • A master class tutorial on portraiture
  • A review of the book Instant GIMP Starter by Fazreil Amreen

This issue contains some gorgeous images along with interesting tips and techniques. Don't miss it!