Saturday, December 31, 2011

Checkerboard Text Using Gimp

This Gimp Video Tutorial will show you how to make checkerboard text using Gimp.

What you'll need:
A basic understanding of layers
An understanding of how layer masks work
A brief explination on how Gimp's interface works.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Product Photography Using Gimp

In this gimp tutorial, I'm going to show you how to use gimp to do some product photography lighting using common household items. We're going to turn this:
Into this:
What You'll Need: Click here for a complete list of what you'll need for this project. Most of the things you need are common household items that most homes already have on hand. You'll also need UFRaw, and Gimp. Part 1 - Setup 1.) Get a Box and a Sheet of Cardboard
First off, get your box and a sheet of cardboard and lay them out like this. Both the box and sheet will be covered later
2.) Using Thumbtacks, Stick a black sheet to the cardboard sheet
Don't worry about the sheet not covering everything, the backdrop is pretty easy to duplicate using Gimp.
3.) Put a black sheet on your box
4.) Place your product

5.) Set up your tripod and camera  

Part 2 - The Photos
Now that you have your scene set up, simply set up your tripod and camera. You're going to take a series of several photos. It's very important that you do not move your camera, or the product during this process because we're going to tie these photos together in Gimp later. Set your camera to shutter priority, and adjust the shutter to a fairly slow speed, and crank your ISO setting to the lowest possible setting. If possible, set your focus to manual after autofocusing on your product, that way the camera doesn't try to focus on something else later. Finally, make sure you're shooting in RAW - this will give you unbeatable flexibility when doing this project (as always, I have a list of affordable raw shooting cameras available.). The only light that is going to be used in this scene is your LED flashlight, and a as much ambient light as possible without compromising the contrast that your LED flashlight can put out. In other words, turn your LED light on, and adjust your light until you find a good balance of contrast and light between your LED light and your ambient light.  
1.) The Scene
I held the flashlight up high, and aimed it at the top surface of the box. I set my camera to go off after 10 seconds, and held the flashlight in place. Keep adjusting your shutter speed until your photo exposes like so.
2.) The bottle's lighting
 Take a series of different photos at different angles. Take a ton of photos of different angles, intensities, and angles with your LED flashlight.
It's very important to get all of the photos on the right side before removing the box. Once you move the box it will be difficult to get it in the exact same position as it was in before, making it a lot harder to edit your photo.
Part 3: How To Use Gimp To Put It All Together
The final part of this tutorial consists of taking all of the information we gathered with our photos, and putting them together with Gimp and UFRaw. Check out the video below for the complete tutorial.

Related Topics:
Layer Mask Gimp Video Tutorial
 How To Use Gimp For Beginners - Layers
 The Benefits of Shooting in Raw
  Affordable RAW-Shooting Cameras

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Practical HDR Using Gimp

This tutorial will help you learn how to use gimp to make HDR images in a practical way.  

What You'll Need:
A RAW-Shooting Camera. Check out my list of Affordable RAW-Shooting Cameras. 
  UFRaw gimp addon  

More Information:
Related lesson - Layer Masks Using Gimp
The Benefits of Shooting in Raw  

Original Image:
Final Image:
Gimp Video Tutorial:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gimp Video Tutorial: How to use GImp to make a Cool Wallpaper Design

This gimp video tutorial will show you how to make a cool background wallpaper using GIMP.

 Recommended Prerequisites:
Layer Mask Gimp Video Tutorial Layer Modes Gimp Video Tutorial
Gimp for beginners lesson 3 - Layers and Selections
  Principles of Photo Editing 
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Related Videos:
How to use Gimp to make a logo 

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Wacom Tablet

In my Gimp Tutorials, I frequently use Wacom Tablets. Here is an awesome wacom tablet I recommend using.
A Wacom tablet will enhance your GIMP photo editing experience by offering a pressure-sensitive touch that translates to varying transparency when making brush strokes in GIMP.

Gimp Reference Manual

I highly recommend getting this Gimp book to use as a reference manual in conjunction with my tutorials. This book will explain how the tools I use work. My tutorials will give you practical applications for the tools shown in this book.