Friday, 10 August 2018

Pilot revisited

Two years ago i made this little doodle on paper which turned out nice enough for me wanting to try inking in a vector program.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Meander II

Last week a user over at the gimp-forum inspired me to have a look at my 2014 Meander tutorial for Inkscape and i noticed its pretty outdated...

Keep in mind that in may 2014, we were still at Inkscape version 0.48 and i didnt know the program as well as i do today.
Its also quite possible the 'Live Path Effects' (LPE) were buggy and not as refined as they are now.
So that probably explains why i used the 'Pattern Along Path' Extension and not the LPE.

Today i'll show you the best method for 2018, which is not only easier but also looks better.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Warp Text with Ofnuts' 'Bend Path' Plug-In

Making warped text in Gimp or Inkscape was a challenge until recently.

There was an experimental script by saulgoode, that worked but took ages (like 30minutes) to render the text.

It was slightly quicker in Inkscape but not easier. Node editing is still a lengthy process and the Bezier Envelope, an extension written for Inkscape 0.48, has its problems.

When Inkscape 0.92 introduced the 'Perspective/Envelope LPE', things improved slightly, but its still far from perfect and has to be performed on individual letters, often followed by more node editing.

In comparison, making warped text in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is easy. Its flexible and has a ton of options. But then again Adobe products arent free :)

Here are some examples of classic warped text, with the names borrowed from Illustrator.

This situation inspired ofnuts from Gimp-Forum to write another excellent path tool for us at the end of 2017.
Its lightning fast, maintains straight lines on the vertical and easy to use.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

How to make a blocky gradient

Gimp's Gradient Editor can be intimidating. Im here to change that.

In this tutorial i will show you how to make a blocky gradient that has lots of uses.

How to make a sunray in Gimp

You can use your blocky gradient to make a super quick sunray effect.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

How to make a dynamic colour gradient

Using layermasks to apply colours is a very universal and elegant technique, but if you want the ultimate way of making a quick sunray, here's how you do it: