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Believe - Sig tutorial

#1 User is offline   Sprinkles 

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:19 AM

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Stock: http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/3706 ... arge00.jpg
Nebula: http://img7.imagesha...hheadnebula.jpg
Render: http://img512.images...45/sakura01.png

I forget where I got these but if anyone knows I will give full credit to them. Thank you to who posted them!!!

My first tutorial, yay! Alright, I'm tired of mooching off GT, It's time to give back to these awesome people! I'm sorry if the result isn't what you're looking for but meh, if you are interested you can do the tut, if not that's okay :).I won't go explaining where to find all the tool's and etc, but I will say it sometimes although keep in mind this isn't how to guide on the tools. If you are stuck feel free to post and I will help you :). I will add on this tutorial sometimes to make it easier for newbies :). Feelin' really happy today. Let's begin!

Step one: Open up your gimp and make your canvas size, must I post a picture? I picked 400x130 if you're wondering. Any size will do. I started with a normal white layer. And that's why you can't see it, lol.

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Step two: Open up your stock, re-size if needed and paste it on your image.
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Step three: Next I pasted in my render that I thought looked good in the stock. I smudged it so it was more blended and it gave it a better effect. For the smudging I used the vine brush with spacing at one, with jitter set between 0.0 and 0.20 randomly. Keep trying until you get a pretty cool effect and your happy with it.

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Step four: I had some unwanted thing's that were in the stock in the bottom right, such as the girl and the balcony, so I smudged it thinking about flow, using the same settings as before and just randomizing it, keep trying until you get a effect you like.

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Step five: Next I found a nebula stock, I never used one before and wasn't sure what to do and if it was a good one, but I think it turned out fine, anyways I posted the link at the top for it, feel free to use your own nebula. So I pasted the nebula on a new layer and set it to lighten only at 100% opacity. I erased what looked bad and tried to not over-do it. Keep trying until you're happy with your result. Try to get some of the effects on the render to blend it better but not too much.

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Step six: Make a new copy-visible layer, Edit>Copy visible. I wanted to lighten it up. so I did a gradient map. Colors>Map>Gradient Map. I used the pastel rainbow gradient and set the layer mode at soft light at 20% opacity.

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Step seven: I did another copy-visible layer, I wanted to add some contrast. So I went Colors>Brightness-Contrast and put +8 to the contrast.

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Step eight: Next I added some lighting. Make a new layer. What I did was go to the gradient option and make sure FG color is white, and changed the gradient type to FG>Transparent and made the shape radial. I clicked and dragged the gradient to how big I wanted it and positioned it where I thought was good. Keep trying until you like the lighting. I set this layer's opacity to 74.5.

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Step nine: (You can skip this step) Make a new layer. I thought mine was a little plain so I added the same stock again but a different part of it. For mine instead of the clouds I added the mountains and set the layer type to soft light and the opacity to 62%. I thought it would make it a tad more interesting.

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Step ten:(You can skip this step) I had a lot of empty space on the left and it was bothering me. First I did a copy-visible but don't paste as a new layer. I made a new layer and grabbed the rectangle select tool. I made a rectangle at the very left to the size I liked. I then right clicked the rectangle layer and clicked "Alpha to Selection". Next I went edit>paste into. That paste's the copy-visible layer into it. I moved it around until i liked it, and pressed Ctrl+H to anchor it. Instead if you wanted you could use a splatter brush instead of a rectangle and place it somewhere else to your liking and make it the way YOU want it to look. I just did the rectangle.

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Step eleven: I think it look's pretty good, but there's still alot of empty space in mine so I added some text. I also added some sub text to fill up more space. The sub-text is a small Arial font like size 5-8, somewhere around there. I made the colour of the sub-text from a color of the render so it blend's better and set the opacity to 34.1. Think about text placement so don't just shove it in a corner, keep it somewhat near the focal. You can also do the way that you like to do your text, all up to you.

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Step twelve: To end it I added a border. I added a white border because I think it looked better with my sig, you can do whatever color you want. I did mine by going filter>decor>add border. You can't see it since Gimptalk's BG is white but if you save my image you notice the top and bottom border is bigger then the sides. In the decor>add border there's X and Y. X is the sides and Y is the top and bottom. I set the Y to I think 6 and X to 1. I set border color to white, I don't know if the delta value does anything but I always set it to 0. You can add even more to it if you still aren't satisfied. Maybe some fractals and C4D's and more nebula idk!! It's a tutorial, try something creative! Add your own twist to it :).

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and maybe learned something :). Would love to see some of your results. I encourage creativity so even though I posted the resources I think you should also experiment and make it your own. :). Have a nice day everyone!!

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:23 AM

Nice tut, simple yet effective. There's a bit of empty space on the left, however. Still, cool tut! :)
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Posted 04 April 2009 - 04:50 AM

Yea nice tutorial mate, indeed simple and effective.
Love the colors and peaceful look of the result.
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Posted 04 April 2009 - 05:20 AM

great first tut man, outcome looks beautiful :)

should help lots of people :)
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#5 User is offline   Sprinkles 

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 03:28 PM

Thank you for the replies! Just going to bump this up so people can see it. :)
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 09:52 PM

here's my outcome...

i used the stocks, btw..

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 07:53 PM

Very nice result :). I like how you added your own touches to it :). Thank you so much for trying my tutorial, and I hope you got something out of it :D.
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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:10 AM

I like my outcome:

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Nice tutorial, esspecially for a first.

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Posted 10 April 2009 - 12:28 AM

Very nice result! thanks for trying the tutorial and thank you, I find it fun making them, just released my second lol. Expect more tutorials from me!!!! XD. Thanks everyone who tried my tutorial(2) lol :). Your outcomes rock!
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Posted 10 April 2009 - 03:14 AM

I ALSO did your Tutorial Two!

I like your outcomes, so expect me to keep working on your tutorials.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:49 AM

Love the tutorial. it is really simple and intermediate level friendly to me :) Good job~
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:59 PM

Posted Image hi this was the result i just didnt follow the step but instead lighting it i add new layer then click the paintbrush then select the black color then paint the unknown place and select white color then paint it in the render then select overlay it should atleast take the flow in the render and one last thing i add fractals because fractals make the sigs even better :rolleyes: well atleast thankyou for the tut really helped me out there.. bye :lol:
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Posted 11 June 2013 - 10:28 PM

Here's mine. First time making something after a couple years absence but this was fun to do. :D. Thanks for the boost my friend.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:11 PM

I missed following tutorials so I went ahead and followed this tut. I really really liked the tut and my outcome turned out quite well. :)

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