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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Episode 169: Garamond


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Update: Please read Pascal’s comment!

And again a reference to Show #167. Pascal wrote in a comment that he didn’t like the font I used and pointed me to a nice free font called EBGaramond. This episode is about getting and using the font.

The font goes back into the 16th century. Claude Garamondwas a famous typesetter and publisher in Paris. He invented the apostrophe and designed a typeface that is still around.

Garamond

A lot of font designers have derived their fonts from his work. You can be sure to find a Garamond typeface in every word processor font package.

Fonts are highly copyrighted and so Georg Duffner and his helpers went to the original source to cut a new, free version of a Garamond. A cursive font is under development too.

The font development is done with Font Forge.Just a short look at that program will convince you that type design is a serious business.

In the video I show how to install a font and how to use the new text tool in GIMP 2.7 with the on canvas editing.

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Episode 150: Saturate!

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Finally a new episode – I never had one with more obstacles! But here it is. (And now I even have no time for a proper blog post, because I am going on a class trip tomorrow.)

I explore two new features of GIMP 2.7.2 – I am amazed at the progress.

Then I adapt the often used (and often shown here) technique of dodging and burning with a layer mask to fiddeling with the saturation of an image. I don’t recall to have seen this described anywhere – but I am sure I am not the first one to use this. Has someone a link?

EDIT: There is a big difference between this and the dodge and burn technique. Here I did not change the original data, I made some new. More thinking needed.

TOC by Kevin:

00:24 Welcome to Episode 150 – using on-canvas text editing
02:00 Episode 150 has had a problematic birth
02:40 Gimp 2.7.2
05:25 Cage transform tool
07:25 Access Control project re-visited
08:45 First save the image as an XCF
09:38 Duplicate layer and add an alpha channel
10:26 Curves adjustment to add “pop”
12:50 Create a Layer Group to enhance the lock
14:18 Use Intelligent Scissors to select the lock
18:52 Selectively adjust saturation using a layer in saturation mode
25:00 Selective sharpening using edge detection on a layer mask
32:47 The End

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