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Creating Shining 3D Box in GIMP (using paths)

#1 User is offline   noclayto 

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 08:47 AM

EDIT thank to Oregonian that recovered the missed illustration this Tutorial is back

This is just a sample tutorial on how create a box using paths. You should understand and know SOME BUT NOT ALL of the basics about gimp. I saw a tutorial similar to this one on the GUG site but I thought it could use a lot more detail. Note: The sizes, colors and directions of gradients are just examples. Change them to your liking.

1.new image
a)one white background layer and one transparent layer. we will be working on the transparent one.

b)configure grid (image->Configure Grid...) or ("The Gimp" File->Preferences->Defualt Grid) I like a 'Solid' reddish grid with 20X20 spacing

c)select both 'show grid' and 'snap to grid' (View-> ....)

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2.select the path tool (Tools->Paths)

a)Show the paths tab. If you don't have it add it by clicking on that arrow next to the x in 'The Gimp'.
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3.create the top path

a)click on any of the cross section
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b)now in your paths tab you will have a path called unamed. Change it to 'Top' and make it visible (the eye).

c)now go left and up 4 grid squares and make another path (add an anchor). If you cannot work off your path double click the 'Top' path in your path tab.

d)now go right and down 4 grid squares and make another

e)now the tricky part, HOLD THE CONTROL KEY, and go back to your starting point and click it. You should see a upside down U.
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4. create the left path.

a) in the paths tab. create a new path. Right click->new path or the 'new path' button. Call it left.

b) use the same 4X4 box pattern staying along the left edge.
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5. repeat for the right path.
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6. hide the grid. unclick view->show grid

7. add color
a) In the paths tab select the 'Top' path. Do 'Path to Selection' (red sqaure)
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b) fill the selection with whatever gradient you like. I used 'deep sea'. Starting from top to bottom.
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c) repeat for the left and the right. Go from the bottom corner to the center of the box.
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8. smooth it out. give it a gaussian blur (filters->blur-> Gaus...) of about 3 or 2. You don't have to do this but I like to. I usaully duplicate my box layer (duplicate all the layers then merge the duplicates) then blur that one. Crop the edges (make sure you don't have any fuzz sticking out past the box) and then overlay it by like 50%.

9. Add a drop shadow (Script-Fu->Shadow->Drop Shadow)

Final Results ...

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Posted 09 June 2005 - 01:07 PM

Beautiful results, noclayto! I can already see how I can incorporate this into my stereograms! Great job. Art
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Posted 09 June 2005 - 03:47 PM

Really beautiful results, and a great illustrated tutorial with each and every step well defined.
Thanks alot for your contribution, it will indeed be helpful for users.
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 08:27 AM

really nice.. but my boxes don't look like that :)
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 04:09 PM

Is it the lighting? I know its not perfect, it just an example. Could you explain? I would like to try to put a mac look and fill to the boxes eventually.

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 05:58 PM

Great new results.
keep up good work noclayto :w:.

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 06:23 PM

Lighting Better or Worse???

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 06:33 PM

I like the lighter one better than your most recent one :w:
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Posted 10 June 2005 - 07:35 PM

Sorry to keep posting but I was having fun.

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Posted 10 June 2005 - 07:46 PM

We love to see more and more work from talanted people like you, so you are welcome to post as many you wish to.

I love this one
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btw the last one showing crystal keyboard keys are nice too.

keep showing us your great work :h:.

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Posted 11 June 2005 - 02:08 PM

could you explain alittler more on the step #8

how to crop the edges. so a newbi like me kan do as nice boxes as you ;-)
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Posted 11 June 2005 - 04:32 PM

how did you make it transparent
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Posted 11 June 2005 - 09:01 PM

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how did you make it transparent


my guess was to stroke the selection and then make the inner sides transparent by playing with opacity.
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Posted 11 June 2005 - 10:17 PM

GUG click on 'Make object transparent.' I also added the back left, right and bottom sides. To make the cube more real. Make sure they are lower (layer) than your top, left and right sides.

As for the step 8 question, I will Update that will more detail soon.

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Posted 12 June 2005 - 02:12 PM

Thanks for the tutorial.

I made this image on my first try - I guess(hope) I do better next time :D


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Posted 12 June 2005 - 03:22 PM

dude that very good
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Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:58 PM

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Thanks for the tutorial.

I made this image on my first try - I guess(hope) I do better next time :D


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Just amazing and realistic.

keep up.
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Posted 17 August 2005 - 11:52 PM

Hi All,

I just tried this technique, I started with a new image which had a white background (layer 1), and then I added a transparent layer (layer 2). Then I could create the 3d Box. I even selected a path, but I am unable to fill it with a color. It just wont fill my selected rectangle :(:(

Please help!

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 01:54 AM

Make sure you have the right layer selected.
Make sure that "Keep Transparent" is NOT SELECTED.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 11:01 PM

how do you fill with a gradient?

I got as far as the end of making the basic shape on paths, I can never figure out how to fill with a gradient, can you please tell me?
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