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LXF125.Tut Gimp

LXF125.Tut Gimp

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Gimp tutorial.
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Gimp tutorial.
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Published by: bidemi09 on Jun 04, 2010
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December 2009
Gimp:Sin City
Open source image-editingsoftware you can get your teeth into
Artist and developer
Michael J Hammel
goes all Frank Miller in this month’srainy, grainy Gimp graphics tutorial. One day a real rain’s gonna come…
Last month
We chilled out with a peace, love and understanding montage.
Michael JHammel
is a contributor tothe
projectand the author ofthree books on thesubject, includinghis latest,
The Artist’s Guide to Gimp Effects 
Project resources
Stock photos:
Man with Gun
Men with Gun (Red Tie)
s a child I never spent much time with Marvel orDC Comics in my pocket, preferring instead to idleaway my hours with images of Star Trek andmoonshots, parked on the front porch with Arthur C Clarkeand Isaac Asimov, reaching for the stars with Carl Sagan andhiding under the sheets to listen to Dr. Dimento on the radio. Iwas a weird kid, even by comic book reader standards. ButI’ve grown up since then, and as my wife says I’m far morepersonable than your average geek. I read less, watch moviesmore, and perform a reasonable bass on
Guitar Hero 
. And I’mstill not into comics.Despite this it is nearly impossible, even for grown but stilldemented geeks such as myself, to have completely avoidedthe impact that comics and their darker, brethren GraphicNovels, now have on society. Constantly reaching for evermore bizarre ways to bloody the cast, movie producers haveturned to comics for story concepts, most notably totranslate the theme of the comic world on to the big screen.Ignoring the hideous adventures that were
Roger Rabbit 
, Hollywood seems to have found its comic groove andis happily embedded in the world of super heros.
Hats off to the heroes
So it is that this geek must pay homage to the genre. Recenthits such as
Iron Man 
The Dark Knight 
have added aslightly darker tone to the circa 1970s incarnations of ofSuperman and Wonder Woman.
Sin City 
tookthis new vision to even darker realms. Fortunately for this
Sin City 
left a reasonable graphic mark upon mewith its high contrast and splashes of colour. Which leads tothis issue’s tutorial…This month we’ll use multiple stock photos to show ourrugged hero patrolling the bad lands of the city under a rainsoaked and miserable night. The whole thing will be black andwhite with just a single splash of colour. What’s fun aboutworking in black and white is that the image is more likely tofit into the gamut of the local ink jet printer. I’ll address theone place this might not be the case when we get to thetouch of colour.
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First rain: drops
Open the Motion Blur filter (Filters > Blur >Motion Blur) and set the Blur Type to Linear,the Length to 120 pixels and the Angle to 90degrees. Click on OK to apply the blur to thenoise in the Rain 1 layer. Scale the Rain 1 layer(Layer > Scale) by 140%. This is done bychanging the Scale Units menu in the ScaleLayer dialog to Percent and typing 140 in theWidth field. The Height field will automaticallyadjust to maintain the width-to-height ratiowhen you press the Scale button.
First rain: shear
Zoom out to see the layer boundary for the Rain1 layer, then choose the Shear transformationtool from the Toolbox. Click in the image anddrag until the edges of the layer in the shearpreview touch the top-right and bottom-leftcorners of the image window before clicking onthe Shear button in the Shear dialog to applythe transformation. Open the Levels dialog andadjust the white point to around 107 and theblack point to around 116. Reset the layer to fitthe image (Layer > Layer to Image Size).
Second rain
Add a second layer of rain, using the sameprocess as the first layer of rain but with lessshear applied so the rain falls more vertically.The Levels adjustment may also be slightlydifferent, again according to taste. Later,because of the contrast changes brought onby adding in background elements, the tworain layers modes and opacity may need to beadjusted. Be sure to name the second rainlayer Rain 2.
Base image
The base image provides our main character, atough guy with a gun on a solid, light-colouredbackground, with a resolution of 1600x1067pixels. Desaturate the image (Colours >Desaturate), then choose the Lightness option,which will let you keep a high contrast betweenhis face and the background.
Increase contrast
Open the Levels dialog (Colours > Levels), thenclick on the white-point eye dropper (on theright-hand side beneath the Levels histogram)and click in the upper-right background of theimage. This will make the backgroundcompletely white, with the white-point slidermoving to just left of centre of the histogram.Move the black point slider to the right until it isvery near the white point. The result will be anearly completely black and white image.
First rain: noise
Add a transparent layer (Layer > New). Namethis layer Rain 1. Open the Hurl filter (Filters >Noise > Hurl). The default settings aresufficient here: Random Seed = 10,Randomisation % = 50, Repeat = 1. Click OK torender the noise in the Rain 1 layer. The noisewill be coloured, so desaturate it. (While we’vechosen the Lightness option here, any of thedesaturation options will work.)
Step by step:Create a gritty noir look
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Mask the base image
Click on the base image layer to make it the active layer. Add an alphachannel and a white layer mask to the layer, then re-open the originalimage. Choose the Fuzzy Select tool, set the Threshold to 70 andShift+click to select the blue areas. Paste this selection into the mask ofthe base image layer. Use the Levels dialog to set the black point to 254.
Fix the rain layers
In the Layers dialog, reduce the opacity level for each Rain layer to30%, then merge the two layers (click on the Rain 1 layer and do Layer> Merge Down). Adjust the contrast of the merged layer using theBrightness-Contrast dialog (Colours > Brightness-Contrast) and setthe Brightness slider to -121 and the Contrast slider to 127.
Put the tie on
Paste the selection into the base image, it horizontally then desaturatethe layer and choose a new red colour. Set the Lock Transparencybutton in the Layers dialog. Choose the Bucket Fill tool set the Mode toGrain Merge and the Affected Area to Fill Whole Selection. Click in theRed Tie layer to recolour the image.
Background Building
Scale the image of the background building to fit the size of the baseimage layer, then paste it into the base image and drag the new layer tothe bottom of the layer stack. Turn the visibility of all other layers off tomake these next steps easier, then desaturate and adjust the contrastof the image just as we did in step 2.
Add a splash of colour
Open the image of the gangster with a red tie. Choose the Fuzzy Selecttool and set the Threshold to 95. Click anywhere on the red tie. If thereare spots of unselected tie inside the selection, grow the selection by apixel to pick them up. The inset image shows the selection with QuickMask enabled and the mask colour set to green. Copy the selection.
Update the building
Open the scale dialog (Layer > Scale). Click on the chain link to break itin order to change the aspect ratio of the layer. Scale the Building layerby 165% wide and 140% high. Use the Move tool to drag the layer tothe left until the front entrance is to the left of the gun. Reset the layersize to match the image size (Layer > Layer to Image Size).
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