Episode 187: Cleaning Up

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The last episode got a lot of comments – thank you all for them! And in this episode I try to follow all of the tips you gave me. I remember layer groups and drop shadows, see that Alpha to selection is really better and fight with Copy&Paste in the text tool.

I got a present too – a fine script in Scheme for generating the title screen. Of course that has to be explored. Did you know that you can export the content of a selection as a new image by key stroke? I found out about SHIFT-CTRL-V. Saul’s script gets also a first analytical look – Scheme looses its terror if you come close.

Matthias pointed to an other Colour Design site and the GIMP Magazine will publish a new issue next week.

And finally I take a good look at the “Blender Master Class”, a very fine book about the 3D software Blender.

The TOC

00:00:00 Intro
00:00:40 Using chapter marks in the video
00:01:30 Layer groups
00:05:23 Alpha to Selection – better than selecting by color
00:09:00 Drop shadow filter
00:10:10 Copy and Paste with the text tool is a bit broken
00:13:37 A script in Scheme
00:14:12 Exporting selections from GIMP as graphic image files / Create from clipboard
00:15:20 Exporting vs. saving – don’t discuss, just follow your orders! ;-)
00:16:30 Installing a Scheme (.scm) script
00:17:30 Testing the script
00:18:45 Comparing the results
00:19:30 Analyzing the script
00:25:40 Thanks to Saul Goode
00:26:16 Another Color Design website
00:26:45 GIMP Magazine launch ahead
00:27:30 Book review: Blender Master Class, Ben Simonds
00:35:45 End of video

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Good Book about Blender coming up – get 40% off until Feb 28!

The book is a great introduction into the creation of static Blender scenes. Motion with armatures and animation is not covered. But you can get that online in a lot of places.

This book is unique in its inclusion of the creative process. It follows three projects (a Mayan temple, a bat winged humanoid and the robotic spider from the title) from first pencil sketch to the final rendering. Each chapter covers one stage of the process and does that for each of the three projects. It even contains a good introduction into GIMP for creating textures. It shows that the author Ben Simonds is not a developer but a professional 3D artist.

I have (speed) read through my review copy of the PDF and am waiting for my paper copy to start to play a bit with Blender again.

With a code you can get 40% off until Feb 28. That would be around $30 for the print copy and the e-Books. Not bad.

A review of this book will be in Episode 187 on Feb 26. If you view that episode before the 28th you can decide after looking over my shoulder into the PDF.

(So much NoStarch titles here? Well, Jessica from their marketing has my mail address and offers to throw books at me quite often. And if they fit into the wide scope of Meet the GIMP, I’ll accept. Except for the free book I get nothing for the review – and I have no obligations to like them or tell only good stuff. If other publishers want to throw books in my direction to break the NoStarch dominace, just drop a mail at info@meetthegimp.org ;-) )

Episode 186: A new Face!

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Long time no show – but this project is not dead. For the fresh start a new design for the intro is needed. And a new design needs new colours.

I used the Colorschemedesigner to create a palette of colours fitting the “Original MTG Orange” from the logo. Clever algorithms use old artists knowledge about colour combinations. This site even exports a GIMP palette file which is then imported into GIMP.

For the lettering I wanted some fresh fonts and found them at the League of Movable Type.

The TOC

The video now has chapters – you can jump to the TOC entries!

00:01:00 Finding a palette with Color Scheme Designer
00:04:58 Exporting the palette to GIMP
00:05:43 Find the directory for the palette
00:06:30 Using palettes in GIMP
00:08:20 Creating a new image template
00:09:45 Create a new image
00:10:28 Inserting the logo from a file
00:11:11 Setting guides to half and a third of the image
00:11:44 Move the logo with help of the guides
00:13:20 Free fonts from the League of Movable Type
00:14:10 Editing text in GIMP with the on canvas editor
00:16:24 A drop shadow for text
00:17:36 A drop shadow for the logo
00:18:55 Saving the image
00:19:28 Adding the CC-Logo – loading images from the web
00:20:35 Using layers for different versions of one text
00:27:16 Rapport – stacking layers exactly on top of each other
00:28:29 Moving a stack of “chained” layers
00:29:08 Can you help me with the design?
00:29:44 Outlook into the next episodes

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Don’t Read Patrick David’s Blog!

patdavidPatrick runs a Blog about uninteresting things like photography, Open Source programs for photographers and graphics enthusiasts and other boring stuff. A recent five part series about the conversion of digital images into Black & White is especially to be avoided. I want to steal some of that stuff and you are not supposed to notice.

So, please don’t click on these links above and wait patiently for the next episode of Meet the GIMP. Intended release is on Feb 12 2013, it’s recorded and about half way through the editing process.

(The image is based on two images by Patrick David, License CC-BY-SA)

Get a new, great GIMP book for 40% off the regular price!


The review for this book should be in the show that I am finally have started to produce. But my voice is gone due to a really nasty cold and there is a one week 40% discount on this book. You can get a paper copy AND the e-Book or the e-Book in different versions alone.

I have the PDF version sitting around to review for weeks and took now a real look into it. The one on dead trees is still somewhere over the Atlantic.

I love that book. To quote myself from a G+ discussion:

[...] This book here is in part a manual – and a different one from the one at docs.gimp.org. They complement each other like the man pages and a good text book about Linux. It draws connections which are not in the official documentation and explains concepts where docs.gimp explains single functions. Both have their place, like man pages and text book.

I have the pdf here for review at Meet the GIMP (and as I am missing a guy with the cattle prod at the moment haven’t looked deeply into it) and I like very much what I see. It clearly shows that Olivier Lecarme is a very experienced scholar – the book even contains an appendix with the basics about the science of light, color, the perception thereof and the technical background of image editing. And tips for selected exercises throughout the book – work of a professor clearly. He is retired, so no finals to be expected. ;-)

And for all on the more northern latitudes – it contains lots of images of lovely Mediterranean scenes, mostly in Olivier’s garden and at least one of a grumpy cat.

I’ll read some parts carefully today (sick at home with a bad cold), but just now after 2 hours of browsing I would say: BUY IT!

If you have missed a comprehensive textbook on GIMP, get this one.

Not sure yet? Have look at one chapter or the table of contents.

(Full disclosure: About a year ago I have helped in the production of a GIMP book by No Starch Press and got nicely paid for that. But I owe them nothing.)

Episode 185: The 52.02 €rror – Printing with Profiles

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I gave myself a real photo printer for the 5th anniversary of “Meet the GIMP!” and have now my work-flow ready to print in the “right” colors. One reason I shied away from printing for years were the costs. Original Printer Ink is one of the most costly fluids that are traded commercially (1544.54€/l (1) is not the highest price you can pay) and good paper is expensive. But now I have found a combination of a good printer, which is subsidized by small and expensive ink tanks and a good second party ink for 1/6 of the price. The ink is pigment based and so doesn’t bleach out in the light so fast as dye inks. Added to that two good but cheap papers for making beginners mistakes.

Of course the colors are off when I print with the usual TurboPrint driver. TurboPrint knows neither ink nor papers. So I needed two printer profiles – one of them was already payed for with the ink starter set. Well, I had to buy two more profiles because I had made a big mistake while printing the test sheets. Take care to switch off all color correction while printing calibration charts.

With the right ICC profiles GIMP can give you a Soft Proof of the image that is going to be printed. The look of the printed image is simulated on the screen and you can adapt the image to get your best result.
All you need to know (and much more) about calibration and the different “intents” is at Cambridge in Colour and at the Idea Machine.

(1) It’s even worse than I said in the video. The ink cartridge holds 11ml and costs 16.99€ Epson list price. That’s 1544.54 per liter. farbenwerk C7 runs up to 275€/l in the set and 230€/l for the ink only. Quite a difference.

The TOC

00:20 Gimp Magazine had a great start
01:10 New printer
03:00 Replacement ink by farbenwerk.com
03:50 Pigment ink vs. dye ink
05:50 Arguments for refillable inks
06:30 Filling of cartridges
09:20 Paper from Monochrom.de
11:20 Paper color changes the image
11:50 How printing works
16:00 Printer profiling explained
17:00 Profiling done
21:30 Getting the profile into TurboPrint
23:50 Soft proofing in GIMP
24:30 Out of gamut colors
25:40 Display filter for soft proof
26:30 Printing a real image with profile and soft proof
27:30 Adapting to printable colors with curves
30:10 Difference between LCD and paper / display intent
31:00 Printing in TurboPrint
34:15 6 colors – all black (Carbon ink for monochrome images)

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Episode 184: Scraping the Web!

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I found a new feature in GIMP, no idea how long it has been hidden in the files menue. One can import a whole web page in one image! Better than a screen shot, because you don’t need to scroll down. The web site of the GIMP Magazine results in an image of 1024×16037 pixels, quite an extreme portrait format. It doesn’t work with all sites and sometimes results in render errors. But it is a nice tool.

The GIMP Magazine will have it’s launch in some days on September 5, you should know this by now. ;-)

I helped a bit publishing a book, working as a Technical Reviewer. I got the drafts of all the chapters as a Libre Office File and worked through it, filling it up with nasty comments. So I can claim that I have read every word in Michael J. Hammel’s book “Artist’s Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition” that I have on the lab bench in the second part of the video.
It is not a text book but a collection of small and medium sized projects. You learn by doing stuff.
Of course I am a little bit biased, got some money, fun and a box of books, but I would also have recommended the first edition of this book. And the second one is better!

The TOC

Not really needed here – the show starts with creating an image from a web site and switches over to the book review at 7:40. Nothing more in it.

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