Episode 133: The Power of a Book

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This week I have a challenge for you. Do my homework and edit my shot from our Samba Carneval. You’ll find the JPEG and the NEF (RAW image by a Nikon D200) of a shot I did from my window. It is not a good photograph but catches a beautiful moment. Improve the image, store it somewhere on the Internet and post a link to it in the comments. You can embed a small version of it in a comment, just copy the HTML code from 23, flickr or other sites. It should be there in a box to cut and paste.

Then I’ll tell you why you always shall set your camera settings to a defined standard state before you put your camera in the bag or cupboard. I didn’t and it has ruined a whole series of shots from this occasion.

Have you ever wondered how to make a selection with a zig-zag border? Well, if you have, I have the answer. (Stolen from Saul Goode, BTW 😉 ) I was reminded that a Quickmask is an image and so can be editied much better than a selection. Making waves and sawteeth into it then is “elementary”.

And finally I reveal how I built a dust free blackboard and chalk with GIMP. The blackboard from the “Basics” series looses its mystery.

I made a TOC and forgot to save it. 🙁

Episode 017: Selecting Selections Part 1

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Selections are widely used in Gimp. Select something to work only on that, to cut or copy it, to move it around…..

In this video I cover the basics of selections, the usage of the rectangle, elipse and free hand selection tool with all their options, the different selection modes (replacing, adding, substracting and intersecting) and the different keyboard shortcuts you can use. Yes, there is a difference between first pressing shift and then the mouse or the other way around.

Finally I show you how to work with the Quickmask to make finetunings to your selection and how to save a selection for later use in a channel.

The TOC

00:23 Welcome
00:32 Focus Ring podcast
01:11 Meet The Gimp Blog
03:15 Gimp.org documentation
04:45 What is a selection?
05:58 Removing a selection
06:20 Selection options
06:35 – replacing the selection
06:52 – add to selection
08:10 – subtract from selection
09:05 – intersect with current selection
10:00 – using keyboard modifiers for selection mode
11:52 – feathered edges
14:20 – rounded corners
17:20 – expand from centre
19:30 – fixed aspect ratio
20:57 – highlight
21:17 – fixed size and position
22:22 Guides
25:45 Free Select Tool
27:55 Quick mask
33:23 Hello Poland and Norway
35:14 The End
TOC made by paynekj

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