Create Logos, Graphics, and Book Covers Using GIMP 2.10 with Brian Jackson

Hello and welcome to my new course GIMP for beginners ,the complete project-based series.

The course image depicts four of the projects we’ll be working on in this course. Let’s cover what we’re going to be talking about in this lecture. I’m going to provide an introduction to the GIMP followed by an overview of this entire project series, and then I’m going to introduce your instructor Brian Jackson, that’s me.

Let’s begin with the GIMP. The GNU image manipulation program or GIMP is a free photoshop like graphic software package that runs on Windows, MacOS, or Linux. That’s basically about all I need to say about it, right? Free Photoshop that runs on all three major operating systems. Go get it.

What is the GIMP? This is a picture of the three GIMP windows that will come up when you start the GIMP. The window on the left has various tools that you can use to paint and manipulate images. The window in the middle has the layers that you use to compose an image. It also has your undo history and paths. The window on the right is where you actually manipulate images, and it contains the main menu along the top.

I want to talk about this project series. It’s composed of 13 sections or classes each about 30 minutes in length. They’re all project focused meaning that each section concludes with a section project which I encourage you to do. They’re simple to do, just complete the project and submit your finished project to the course discussion. This course uses a mix of presentations like what you’re seeing here, and screencasts, which are captures of screens where you get to watch me actually use the GIMP.

The entire first section is free by the way so check it out, I want you to know what you’re getting.

I’d like to give you some information about the origins of the course. Each of the sections in this course was previously released as an entire class on another teaching site. There is some redundancy in the material but this also allows you to jump ahead because each section or class is more or less complete unto itself. Yes, there is some dependency especially in the early classes, but you can jump directly to social media graphics and learn that without taking the entire course. If you encountered something that you’ve already seen before simply skip ahead.

I’d like to provide an overview of what we’re going to cover. We’re going to install the GIMP and use it to create simple logos and graphics, then we’re going to really focus in on section and layers by creating a pool table and balls. This does not cover selections and layers enough so I provided another section on it where we create colored butterflies and so on. We learn how to create stunning text effects and finally what I consider the beginners series concludes with recreating my favorite book cover the last divine.

And if that wasn’t enough book covers for you. I actually include two book cover sections where we create a simple book cover, and a 3D book cover. Here you see the 3D book cover on the right which uses our simple 2D book cover as its base.

Finally, we get into advanced tips and techniques talking about social media and Facebook, more tips and techniques, photo manipulation like removing red eye, and blemishes, and scenery, displaying web graphics with WordPress, and actually going further than that, and using WordPress with HTML to display incredible graphic effects, and coming soon this wasn’t quite ready for the release, but I’m going to add a digital drawing and painting with a Wacom tablet.

You may notice throughout the course curriculum that I don’t talk a lot of about drawing tools. They’re useless without a tablet and I haven’t had a tablet until recently so I haven’t done a lot of drawing. I’m going to start drawing and bring that to you in at least one new lesson.

Who am I? My name is Brian Jackson. I’m a writer, publisher, and educator, and I’m about to take you on a trip to the GIMP.

By the way, if that little spot between my eyes and my profile picture annoys you don’t worry we remove it in the section on GIMP photographic touch-up techniques. It’s time to head off to your first lesson. Let’s head over to install and use the GIMP to create logos and graphics.

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GIMP 2.10 Questions Answered.

Hi, everybody. This is a quick video in response to several student questions about GIMP 2.10. I’m running or I was running 2.8 and I guess they made significant changes to the GIMP or it would appear to new students, that they made significant changes because it doesn’t quite map up to my video. What I thought I would do is go through, I’ve installed GIMP 2.10 and I’ve looked at it and the changes really aren’t that bad once you look at them. I’m going to talk a little bit about it.

The first change let’s start up the GIMP. Here we go. This is 2.10 which has a different startup screen than 2.8 and one of the unfortunate changes that they made to 2.10 is they no longer distribute the scripts that allow you to create logos which is the first program or the first project in a lot of my courses or at least and which is the first program in my GIMP beginner to advanced course.

I brought up the GIMP and I went to file and I found create and sure enough here’s logos, and here all the logo scripts, and I went, wow that’s strange. Why am I getting these reports?

It became obvious to me it’s because I installed GIMP 2.8 first which had these scripts and then overlaid it with GIMP 2.10, so that’s what I recommend you do if you want to create logos menu to appear. Now, I’m going to tell you right up front this really isn’t all that helpful. The reason that I put this project up first is because it was an easy way to get you to get familiar with the menu and with saving, and so on. Not exactly that logos are important. It’s easy to make these in the GIMP without these scripts, but if you want to have this show up, what you do is you go to gimp.org. Let’s go there.

This is the easiest way to get this installed so it’s going to talk about the 2.10 installation, but if I go to downloads. Here I have previous versions of the Installer and here is 2.8. I’m clicking on that so if I scroll down the latest version of 2.8 is 2.8.22 setup exec, so if I click on that and I download it and start running that then what it will do is it will install 2.8.

Then I go and I uninstall 2.10 and I’ll end up with the create scripts. A little bit of a step. If you’ve already installed 2.10, I suppose you get back install 2.8 and then put 2.10 over it. As I say it’s not really very important to have this feature other than to complete the first project in my course.

The other thing is the things look a little bit different in here and let me show you how you can make things look the same as the old GIMP. We go up to edit – good old edit – preferences, and within edit preferences, one of the things we can do is we can set the interface theme. This may also be a legacy because I loaded a bunch of themes into 2.8 manually and I’ve got a lecture in my GIMP course on how to do that. I might have a bunch of themes because of that but it defaulted me to the dark theme and the standard theme is default theme. If I pick the default theme, you’ll notice that everything becomes light and airy the way that it did before and I just click OK.

I’m going to say cancel because I’m going to go with the darker theme, I like that, so if you can get your eyes attuned to darker instead of the lighter, you’ll actually end up liking this. The other thing to do is while we’re in there I want to go back to preferences and notice icon theme. The icons here are different but if you scroll over and you’ll find that the same functions as used to be in GIMP 2.8. I think they added a few more functions but basically they’re the same functions, so if I go to icon theme, I can pick the theme of the icons that I want. One of them is legacy and that will get you the old icon so if I click on that, you’ll get the icons that match the icons in the courses that I recorded.

Quickly you see here’s another solution to a problem that students have talked about is the icons are too small, so they’re using it on a smaller device. Check this out.

If I come down to icon resolution and I say custom icon resolution, now they get even smaller, and I can use these tabs here to bring them to medium size, large, or huge.

Here, I can have huge icons so if you’re having a problem seeing the icons go ahead and increase them to medium, and large, and huge, and once again, I’m going to cancel this. This is all accessible under edit, preferences, and the theme. To get the color in fact, let’s change this to default and the icons to legacy, so I have the legacy icons. Let’s bring the size up just a little bit on this so I want large icons up. Here there we go and I usually like this to be six icons wide so there. That should look pretty much like my courses and I think you’ll be familiar with using this interface, and that’s all I had to do was go into edit, preferences, and themes, and icon theme, and change those.

There we go. Now I’ve got the GIMP looking pretty much the way that GIMP 2.8 looked. I even have the create logos scripts because I overlaid 2.10 on 2.8.

Once again, this one isn’t that important. You’re going to be able to follow the rest of the course and do all the projects. If there are other changes that come up that confuse you be sure, and get in touch with me. You can send a Udemy message, you can get in touch with me on my Facebook groups, or you can contact me at B-R-I-A-N-J-J-A-X-N@gmail.com, and I’ll respond. That’s the changes in 2.10. Hopefully, it won’t be confusing for you now. I’ll see you in the next lecture.

Lesson One: GIMP For Beginners.

Welcome everyone to GIMP for beginners. This is a course all about the GIMP. Specifically version 2.8 and even more specifically version 2.8.16 – the latest version of the GIMP as of July 22nd 2016.

This is the beginners course and it’s the first beginners course in which we will be discussing installation and running of the GIMP. By the time you finish this course, you’ll have the GIMP installed, and you’ll be familiar with using it.

Let’s begin by looking at what the GIMP is. The GIMP stands for the GNY Image Manipulation Program and it is indeed an image manipulation program, which I consider to be more sophisticated, and advanced than a simple photo manipulation program.

Why should you be interested in the GIMP?

Well, first of all the GIMP is free software. Absolutely free in fact it’s created by the free software foundation. Next the GIMP runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems, so it’s very likely that you have the computer base that’s required to run the GIMP.

The GIMP provides Adobe Photoshop like capabilities without all the expense.

Let’s go over the topics we’ll be covering in this course. First we’ll look at the acquisition, installation, and configuration, of the GIMP on Windows 10.

The installation is pretty standard and you should be able to repeat it on MacOS or Linux should you be using those operating systems instead. Next, we’ll look at starting and stopping the GIMP to make sure you don’t get stuck in it, also look at the standard Windows layout, and how to achieve it, and what each of the windows do in the GIMP. Next, we’re going to dig right into the project by looking at creating sophisticated logos and headers with the touch of a button. Next, we’ll look at creating web graphics such as buttons, and bullets. We’ll conclude with capturing a screen and cropping it to the information we want, and then we’ll look at how to save and export your work.

We’re going to move on to the project. The first thing we’ll do is create a personal monogram. That’s a fancy logo made up of the initials in your name, then we’ll create a 3D bullet for use on the web, then we’ll finally capture, crop, and export a portion of our screen.

Remember this is a preparatory course. Following courses including the GIMP 2 course will be on selection and gradients, creating 3D spheres. We’re going to create a fancy logo using d spheres, then in GIMP for beginners 3, we’re going to look at layers, and layer masks, by creating fancy text, and image effects.

Finally, for the beginners series, in beginners 4, we will recreate my Last Divine Book Cover, and lest you think that I’ll fob you off with a simple cover, let me show you the book cover we’ll be creating.

This is fairly sophisticated.

Who am I? I’m Brian Jackson and I’ve used the GIMP for the last 25 years. That’s right. I first started using the GIMP in 1991 when I joined Cisco Systems in the Silicon Valley, in California, in the United States.

Additionally, I’ve already produced four online video GIMP courses so I think I’m fully prepared to lead you on this journey. If you’re ready, let’s get started.

Lesson Two: Installation of the GIMP.

Hello everyone and welcome to my Windows 10 desktop. It’s been cleared so as not to confuse you. However, one of the things I couldn’t figure out how to clear and would not clear anyway is the taskbar down at the bottom.

Notice all of these tools that I have; some of them running, some of them just available to start up. I love my taskbar.

I love it much more than starting things for my desktop. I like keeping my desktop clean. Part of this installation lecture will include how to configure Windows 10 so that I can get this GIMP icon down here in the taskbar, so I can easily start it, and bring it back down to the taskbar.

Let’s begin. To install the GIMP no matter what your operating system is, the only thing that you need is a browser. Here I’m going to open Chrome – my particular browser – and I’m going to go to the only place you should ever download the GIMP.

Some people I’ve heard horror stories about downloading from other sites, any site, other than gimp.org, and they’ve ended up getting malware on the installation. Watch out. You want to go to gimp.org.

These are the legitimate maintainers of the GIMP operating system, so when we go there, by the way great place to get instruction; both video, and textual. What you’ll want to do is go to download 2.8.1.

You have two choices on where you want to download it. I’ll download it here directly. What the heck. I don’t think it really matters which way you go.

In Chrome, I’ve got Chrome’s setup to ask which directory to put the download file in. Notice this is a Windows executable and I’m going to put it in my downloads directory on this PC.

It’s called GIMP and then it’s got the version number, and it has setup.exe, so let’s go ahead and save that. Down here in the lower left of my browser pops up the download window, and I even have a little progress bar here going around in a wheel, and I have the number of megabytes downloaded. It says it’s going to take 50 seconds so on a minute to download this, so it’s actually a pretty fast download for me, but I’m going to cut out part of this, and we’re going to jump ahead.

The download has completed I can see that by the fact that the wheel has gone away. I also wanted to point out while we’re here that if you’re downloading for other operating system versions this is where you would do so, and follow the instructions that show up on that page.

Now we’re going to use the windows install as an example. Here I’ve got the file downloaded and now I can in Chrome on Windows, I can click on this little down arrow, and I can say open. What it’ll do is it will execute this install file. Here it comes on my screen. Do I want to give control of my system? I say yes, and I would like this in English. Notice that there are many languages you can choose from so you’re not just stuck with English menus, and so on, you can get menus in your own language.

Here comes the GIMP install screen. At this point I say go ahead and install.

That’s the installation. It just installed all the files and I just click finish and it should all be done. The next thing that I want to do is I want to show you how to find the GIMP on Windows 10, and how to pin the GIMP, and unpin the GIMP from the bottom taskbar.

Here on the bottom taskbar are all the tools that I have available for QuickStart. The ones that have little blue bars under them and have screen samples pop up are things that are running. The ones that don’t are not running so I want to put the GIMP here.

How do I do that?

I go over and I click on here and usually the latest thing that’s been installed will show up here as new. It’s not doing that in that this case so let’s go ahead and we’ll go to all applications, and then we’ll go down to the GIMP. Here we go GIMP 2 so this should actually start the application. What we do is we right-click and now if I left click it will start the GIMP. At this point notice one of the things that I can do here is I can pin to the Start menu, so that it actually shows up at the top of the Start menu, but what I like even more is to go down here to more, and off to the right, and I can see well, actually in this case, unpin from taskbar because I already have it pinned. If I didn’t have it pinned I could say pin to taskbar, and it will show up down here on the taskbar.

Notice that these things in the taskbar I can shuffle back and forth to put them in any order I want. All we’ve got to do is click once on the GIMP icon and it will come up, if I have successfully installed it. Usually the first time that you started it’s going to take a long time to load things. Here it’s loading various scripts, and graphic resources, and so on.

Here it is.

Now if I go to help and down to about the GIMP, I can see that I’m running to 2.8.18.

To get rid of the GIMP, I just click on the X like any other Windows application and it’s gone.

In the next lesson, we’re going to look in more detail at starting and stopping the GIMP, and the layout of those windows that you saw briefly while the GIMP was running.

Question: Resolve the One Window Issue.

What I want to do in this lecture is address a problem I’ve now heard from three students; two using Linux and now finally one using Windows 10, who say that they’ve installed the GIMP, started it up and it only came with one window, and that I would imagine is the image manipulation window – the drawing window in the middle.

What I want to do is kill my own Windows until I get down to just that window and then show you how to bring them back and reinstantiate them because it’s not as simple as you might think. You actually have to take multiple menus and dock them together. You’ll see.

One of the things that may be difficult is that I found in the past Camtasia which is my screen recorder doesn’t like letting me dock Windows in the GIMP, so I might need to do a quick cut go over to the GIMP without Camtasia running, and dock the window, and then cut back as if I’ve docked it. If you see any tricks like that I’ll let you know that they’re happening and just know that the little weirdness because that’s the best I can record.

Let’s go ahead and I’m going to kill the layers window and I’m going to kill the toolbox window. Now we’re in the state that many people have reported.

They start the GIMP and they just get this one window. Some have said that they’ve managed to find the tool box that’s because if you come up here to windows – which is a logical place to start searching – you can see New Toolbox.

Let’s go ahead and do that first. I’m going to bring up a New Toolbox. The last student reported that their tool box is only two tools on it, and yes it does indeed come up brand new very narrow, but guess what? You can grab the edge notice when it becomes this bi-directional arrow. That means that I can stretch that particular window out to, I like six tools, so six tools wide, and you have pretty much what I’ve got and they’ve been showing on the screen.

What you’re missing is that I put the tool options dialog down at the bottom. I dock it here and here’s where docking could get interesting because of Camtasia. Let’s go ahead back to Windows and will bring up this time dockable dialogs, and notice the very top one is Tool Options.

The problem is when I pick that it doesn’t pop up down here at the bottom of the Toolbox where I like it, it pops up in its own window. However, within that window is a tab that says Tool Options. This isn’t actually the Tool Options window, it’s a window that can contain many tabs the one that’s currently selected being Tool Options. What I can do is I can grab this and start dragging it and you see what’s not highlighting is that this area should become blue, as I drag Tool Options over it, and when I release it, it actually becomes part of the Tool Options down there.

I’m going to have to do a quick cut here and an edit and what I did after a quick cut was I managed to drag my Tool Option tab down here to the bottom of the Toolbox.

In reality you can drag many tabs here so everything that you can bring up via dockable dialogs, you can pull down into a tab down here in the bottom of the Toolbox.

It is traditional to show the Tool Options tab down here, and I like to stretch it out far enough that I don’t have to scroll left, or right, or up, or down, on my biggest option. There we go.

We want to be six wide and that forces me to be about that tall to get all the options in there. The next one is the layers window and it really isn’t the layers window, you can see. Because remember this was the tool options window. It’s not really that so if I go to Windows, and I say dockable dialogs, I can bring up the layers dockable dialog, and it will throw it into a window. Call that window layers because the layer tab is selected, however, I’d like to have more than one tab in there.

That’s the first one the layers tab. Next we go to windows dockable dialogs and I bring up the paths tab. This is once again one of those things where I’m going to have to break in the middle of Camtasia, and edit together because if I drag the paths tab over here to where I want it up here in the menu it will not connect. Here we are back again and I’ve taken that opportunity of the interrupt to dock actually three tabs up here.

You can see that they’re showing us tabs because this window is so narrow. If I make it wider the words show up and we have the layers tab, the path tab, and the Undo History tab. These are the three that I use.

By default there’s also a channels tab up here that I never use. I’ve always wanted to remove it. Why add it? If you want to be complete add the channels tab.

By the way you can drag these tabs around any way you want.

Lesson Three: Starting and Stopping GIMP.

In this lesson we’re going to look at starting and stopping the GIMP, which actually can be a little complicated, it has its nuances, and we’re going to look at the three windows that open when you start the GIMP.

Here’s our GIMP. This is down here on my taskbar and to start the GIMP I just left click on that symbol. We can see GIMP loading files and so on and it comes up. You have three windows in the GIMP and you can move them around, they’re just standard windows for an application.

The one that I like on the left, that looks rather long and has all these tools up on the top is the Toolbox.  The second window I call the Layers window although it has more than layers in it, it has channels, paths, and the undo history, as well, but because it always selects layers first, I always think of it as the Layers window. I don’t know what its real name is. Then over here is the image manipulation window. This is where the main menu is where you get access to all of your menu commands. It’s also where all of the action and drawing occurs.

Right now, we don’t have anything open so all we have is a silhouette of Wilbur here in an area that we can’t edit. We need to create a new image or let’s go ahead and open some existing images, so that I can show you what happens when you actually have an image you’re working on. I’m going to go to pictures and I have a couple live images set up that we’re going to work in on in later classes.

Let’s open up a one here. This is our Last Divine book cover and what I want to point out here is that you can have multiple images open, and be working on them at the same time.

You have one Toolbox, one Layers window, and multiple image manipulation windows.  Let me show you what I mean by going and File, opening another image that I have saved.

This is something else that we’re going to be working on later which is 3D spheres, and this is a logo that I produced using 3D Spheres in the GIMP.

Notice I’ve got both windows here open and also notice what happens here in the Layers window when I change image manipulation windows.

Here you can see here the layers are completely different so it modifies the contents of these two windows based on which image manipulation window you’re working on. You’ve got to pick the window that you want to work on to start working with Tools and the Layers menu. This is also kind of strange. Watch this I’m going to minimize this. This is the way you get images out of your way and it comes down here, and it becomes now, notice that there’s two images that I can pick here for the GIMP to open up. I have one open.

We know to kill the GIMP, to stop the GIMP all we do is we click on this X in the upper right hand corner. Watch what happens. Oh, no, we have no image manipulation window and the GIMP is still running.

We have the Toolbox in the Layers windows here. Why is that? Why didn’t it shut down? Well, all we did was kill that one image we still have another one open here that’s minimized, so we’ve got to bring that up, and if we want to get out we go ahead and we kill that too.

We’re presented with the empty image manipulation window and finally if we kill this, the GIMP goes down. Killing the GIMP can be a little complicated at times.

Notice if I started up again, if I have multiple images open that there is an option here under file called Quit. This will actually quit the GIMP and it will ask you to save your work if you have unsaved work in any of your image manipulation windows, and then it will close them all, and bring the GIMP down.

That’s the three windows. We have the Toolbox window which has all the tools that we can use to manipulate an image. We have what I call the Layers window which has other useful things like layers, channels, paths, and the undo history in it, and finally we have the image manipulation window which has the main menu on top. That’s what you’re going to see and to kill it generally, yeah, click this X up here, but remember it can get a little complicated if you have multiple images open and some of them are minimized.

One thing that I want to point out about these windows before we go is that they actually are composed of other windows. For instance, look here at the Toolbox it has all the tools up at the top, and in the bottom are the Tools Options.

As I change tools the options for those tools change, for instance, here’s the Rotate Tool, and here are the Rotate Tool Options. Here’s the Scale Tool Options, the Text Options.

Additionally, these windows can be moved around and resized so if I grab any of the side and get this double arrow I can go ahead and make the window wider. I can make the window taller and so on.

What I like to do and you may want to do this too, so that you can easily follow along with me is I like to have my tools six tools wide and that ends up defining a row and column pattern that if you follow along with me here, you’ll have a much easier time following the lecture.

Make your Toolbox six tools wide by dragging it around if it isn’t. I’ll see you in the next lecture where we’re actually going to start working on our first project.

Lesson Four: Starting Our First Project.

Hi everyone. In this lesson, we’re going to actually do something with the GIMP by working on the first project and that project is to create your monogram in the GIMP.

A monogram is the initials in your name. So my name is Brian J. Jackson. In America we have three names so three initials mine is B.J.J.  and that represents me. I could sew it into my robe if I wanted to and put it on my letterhead. Here I’m going to create that monogram that I can use for other purposes, and we’ll do so using one submenu.

We want to go to the image manipulation window here. The one that I usually have on the far right and you should have too. We’ll go to the File menu and when you click on it it drops down and we’ll scroll down without holding the mouse to create. Notice Create has a cascading menu.

You can tell that it does because it has this little arrow over here to the right. All of these that have little arrows to the right cascade that means that when you roll over them another menu pops up to the right. There are several functions in here that we’re going to play with for our projects here, but the first one that I want to look at is Logos. This cascades further. So what Logos does is it it runs a  scripting language either Python or a thing called Script-Fu to automate GIMP functions, and automatically pump out images. Let me give you an example.

I’m going to go and I’m going to pick the Chrome Effect now, it comes up and it prompts me for information including what my monogram is and it’s already in here BJJ, and I can control the size, I can control the font, and the background color.

That’s it. That’s the controls that I’ve been given. I say go ahead and okay and up comes a new image. It automatically generated this image for me with various visual effects.

The next thing that I’m going to do is I’m going to introduce you slowly to the Layers window. Let’s go to the Layers window and make sure that the layers are displayed by clicking on this far left tab here. Open the Layers dialog and you’ll see actually the layers that compose this image.

Images in the GIMP are composed of transparent layers that overlay each other, and apply multiple effects to produce a finished image. I’ve got a little eye to the left of my three layers here, and I can use that to wink them out.

For instance, here’s my gray background. I just click the eye in the Layers window and the background disappears.

This checkerboard pattern of dark and light gray squares indicates transparency because I’ve gotten rid of the background. I now have no background so this is a transparent image. I can get rid of the top effect and just look at the drop shadow for this. I can remove the drop shadow and I can bring in the top effect, so this is the way that you can modify the logos that you produce.

I don’t particularly like this logo so if you’re not happy with it either, all you do is you click on the in the upper right hand corner to kill the window, and it asks you if you want to discard your changes, sure, and you start over again.

Let’s try it again. Let’s create a logo using Chalk. Here we’re given these options for configuring this logo.

Here I have my monogram in here already. It’s going to be black and white and it’s going to use the sand spot. That sounds fine let’s run it and see what we get. Oh, that’s interesting and notice it’s not a transparent background so I can overlay this on anything, and the background will show through.

Still don’t like it though.

Let’s kill it and that’s what I want you to do in the project to just keep creating logos and killing them with your initials in it until you get something that says you. I remember that I liked SOTA Chrome as an effect.

Look at all the controls here. I have Chrome saturation, lightness. Play with these controls and see what they do. Here’s the Font, here’s an Environmental Map to colors. I can change the color balance of this but I’m going to go ahead with what I’ve got here. Look at that. Isn’t that neat?

Let me show you another trick. If I go up to the View menu and I pull that down I have a Zoom option and one of those in the cascading menu is Fit Image in Window. That’ll blow the image up as big as it can to fit it in the image manipulation window, and here I can better see what it looks like. Look at this. It’s got gold around chrome and it’s got a marble background. I can wink out here in the layers menu by clicking on the eye. The marble background, the drop shadow, and even the Chrome and just have gold if I think that looks best to represent my monogram.

Just keep on doing that, and by the way, if you get one that you like and you’re not sure keep it around just don’t kill it. Go up and say create logos again. Let’s try Frosty this time.

I type my initials to replace the GIMP and I’m going to go OK with it. Let’s see what it does. Oh, isn’t that an interesting logo?

Notice the GIMP will just pop up multiple image manipulation windows and I could just keep accumulating them on the screen until I get the one that says me. Go ahead and build your logo. Play with the logo options that come up and be sure to wink out layers here in the Layers window to further modify your logo. I’ll see you in the next lesson where we’re going to start working on web graphics.

Lesson Five: Web Graphics on GIMP.

Hi, this next mission should be considerably shorter. In this project what we’re going to do is create some web graphics, and once again, we’re going to go up to File, Create, and really what I’m giving you is permission to look at the other options here. Because the web graphics are kind of smeared all over. Here you can create rounded buttons.

Let’s go ahead and do that. Let’s see what a simple rounded button is and look, you have the various color schemes that you can control for the button. You have what the button does like let’s say it’s a download button. We type download in the text. I can control the size of the font and what fun it is in all the various colors. I’m going to generate Not Pressed, Not Pressed (active) meaning that the mouse is rolled over it, and the pressed button. It’s actually going to generate three different buttons for me.

I go ahead and I do this and here’s the one button, here’s the other button in another image manipulation window, and here’s the other button. I would imagine that is unpressed, this is rolled over, and this is pressed. It’s a little brighter. Just keeps getting brighter and remember that I can take any of these.

Let’s get rid of these two and I can take this and do the old trick of View, Zoom, Fit Image in Window if I want a closer look at the button that it just created for me.  

There you go. There’s a button. The thing that we’re after is a bullet with an alien glow. Let’s see if we can find it. We go down here to create– so this is almost like an Easter egg hunt and I’m going to give it away if I show you. Okay, I’ll show you. We’re going to go down here to Web Themes and Alien Glow, and Bullet, and when we click that, it comes up and because it’s an Alien Glow, we’re using green we could have a blue glow if we wanted, and we could create a much larger button.  Let’s go ahead with this or bullet, I should say and create that bullet.

Here it comes up and oh, it’s a really neat bullet, but once again it’s pretty small so we could stretch out this window, and then we could do our trick View, Zoom, Fit Image in Window. Here’s our Alien Glow button or bullet.

Keep going through here take a look at the graphics that you can create -the other graphics. We also have patterns here. These patterns are repeatable so you can tile them in the background.

Let’s look at one like land, and here you get to control colors and all kinds of stuff again. You can play with all of these options and here’s what land produces. It looks like a map. That’s interesting You’d probably do some interesting bump mapping and using this in various ways.

Down here in Web Page Themes, we also have Beveled buttons and so on. Here’s Heading. Let’s see what a Heading does.

Hello world is the text and this creates a simple web heading that you could use. I prefer the logos option more so I will get rid of that. Go ahead and create your Alien Glow bullet and I’ll see you in the next lecture.

Lesson Six: Creating Book Covers in GIMP.

Hello and thank you for purchasing my class.

In this class, we’re going to look at creating book covers using the free graphic tool, the GIMP. If you’re not familiar with the GIMP you may want to refresh your memory about things by taking any of my GIMP for beginners courses. Just search for GIMP for beginners on Skillshare and you’ll find my previous seven courses.

During this class, we’re going to work on a class project to make this book cover over to the right. Then it’s up to you to build your own book cover following the instructions I provided and uploaded to your class project.

Let’s get going with making our book cover.

Hi everyone. Welcome to the class. Before getting started, I want to give you my quick little dissertation on BOOK COVER DIMENSIONS AND RESOLUTION OR MAKING SENSE OF THE VARIED REQUIREMENTS.

Let’s look at the book cover size dilemma. We have Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Smashwords, Apple in the e-book arena. Every publisher has different cover dimensional and resolution requirements. Then you add Print On Demand (POD) paperback requirements.

The situation is maddening but allow me to add a little sanity to the situation. Here’s what I know about cover dimensions. Amazon Kindle requires the greatest dimension by requiring that the longest side of your book be at least 2,500 pixels. All publishers require that one side of your book cover be longer than the other.

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