Episode 054: Cakovec Castle and Forum

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In this first Epsiode of the second year of Meet the GiMP! I return to Cakovec, Croatia with an image from the old castle. For celebrations I made a double length show. 😉 And to celebrate the Croatian style weather here (30+C), I had the windows open and you get some street noises. Our weather is mostly so cold that only bigger shops have an AC.

Before Croatia there is an update on the Old Ink Challenge from the last show. You can download the new set of images and try your knowledge of GiMP (or any other free software program) on that. Please send the results to info@meetthegimp.org.

Of course the new Forum gets a place too in this show. Have a look!

Then I reveal the secret of painting without gaps or overlaps – to answer a question from Luis in Buenos Aires.

In Cakovec I take you with me while I shoot the image to postprocess and tell you a secret of a lot of better photographers than me: MOVE!

The postprocessing involves mostly stuff I had already covered. New is an enhancement of the sky with a masked layer in multiply mode.

A team of highly trained Penguins in the MTG-Labs invented a new TLA, the TOC. And here it is:

The Old Ink Challenge 0:40
The new forum 7:00
Painting without overlap or gaps 10:50
How to shoot a castle 15:20
Postprocessing the castle image 18:20
Rotate 18:50
Crop 20:30
Clone a powerline out 24:20
Boosting the colours with curves 31:10
Enhance the sky with a masked layer in multiply mode 33:00

Now you can skip the parts of the video you don’t like.

Edit: With an audience like you a podcaster can be lazy:

The image I mentioned in the podcast and two links found by Andrew.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5254838.stm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Hajj_photographs_controversy

And another goodie found by Mathias in the Netzzeitung

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Episode 037: The Two Minute Holiday Shot Edit

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I was in Berlin for four days last week. And I only took a point and shoot digital camera with me. So this episode covers quick editing of holiday pictures, done in two minutes.

In this short time one can only do the basic stuff. And so I give you some easy recipes for getting more out of your snapshots. If you take this small amount of time, your images will get a lot better.

  • Rotate them, so that they are level
  • Adjust the perspective to get these falling lines out
  • Find a good crop
  • Adjust the contrast with the curves tool, applying an S-curve helps in most cases
  • Double the layer and use a layer mask to apply your edits only to a part of the image. Get more light into a dark corner or dim down a bright spot
  • Double the layer and use overlay or screen mode to change the overall contrast in an image. Use the opacity slider to adjust the strength of this effect. Try other modes, sometimes they work really good.

Don’t forget the challenge! Make a monochrome image and post it in our meetthegimp.org photogroup at 23 and be sure to use the tag “mtg-monochrome”. The challenge ends March 31 1600GMT and I’ll draw a winner by random choice.

You can find the image used in this episode here on the Download Page

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The TOC

00:23 Photos of Berlin
02:49 Photo 1
03:28 – Curves to suit part of the image
04:15 – Add a layer mask
06:00 – Add an overlay layer
06:34 – Save the tweaked version
07:00 – Resize for web and sharpen
08:04 – Save the small version
09:05 Photo 2
10:15 – Perspective tool
12:25 – Crop tool
13:33 Photo 3
14:28 – Rotate tool
15:50 – Crop tool
16:45 – Rotate tool with a different centre of rotation
18:55 Photo 4
19:34 – Image Transform rotation
20:37 Photo 5 (See episode 38)
21:04 Summary
24:59 The End

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Episode 009: Saving a Chapel (…..from underexposure)

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Norman mailed me two images – this was the original shot made by his son.
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… and he made this out of it.

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Quite impressive. I redid his work in the video and added some extras for the sky. You’ll see an other way to rotate an image, two ways to blend different versions of an image with a layer mask and a bit more about curves. I got this as a result.

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Edit: Look also at the next show. I made a big blunder in this one and had to fix it in the next.

I promised some links:

Tim Jedlika shares some of his webspace to host the picture files. His gallery can be found here.

The wine.

The files from this episode.

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The TOC

00:23 Welcome
00:33 The original image by Norman
01:33 EXIF information
04:39 Re-sizing (just for the show)
05:18 Rotating by measuring
08:00 Make a layer copy and use the curves tool
10:23 Another layer copy for the sky
10:50 Add a layer mask
11:16 Gradient tool
17:23 Overlay layer
18:27 Cropping to a fixed aspect ratio
20:30 Sharpening
21:50 Save the image as jpg
22:38 Re-size for web
24:52 Thank you and goodbye
25:59 I’m back!
26:39 Fixing the sea
31:52 Closing remarks
34:13 The End
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You can leave your comments on this blog, write me a mail or go to the Tips from the Top Floor Forum.

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Episode 003: A Ship in the Fog – Part 1

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You are in for a mix of topics in this screencast.

I start with answering the first comment I got 🙂 and show some ways how to get the GIMP 2.3 for different operating systems.

The site I mention in the podcast is www.gimpusers.de. EDIT: There is an english version of that site under www.gimpusers.com. The Mac stuff is at gimp.org.

Then I begin to work at an image of a ship coming down the river Weser on a foggy morning. The image is mostly gray and very low in contrast. As this was shot in RAW, it is possible to get something usuable out of it. You get a lecture about the difference of 256 steps between black and white in JPEG and why the 4096 steps in RAW are better.

RAW or JPEG?

(I assume there would be more detail in an JPEG out of the camera because it does some postprocessing…)

I show how to access the menues of the GIMP in three different ways, how to analyze an image with the histogram tool and the colour picker, how to rotate an image just a little bit and how to crop it using the Rule of Thirds (not a LAW – but a nice rule of thumb) to get an aesthetic result. And I nearly forgot to save the image in GIMP’s native image format – XCF.

Please let me know what you think about the show. Too slow? Too fast? Too much ramblings? Or too much information? Even if you like everything – write a comment or drop me a mail at info@meetthegimp.org
You can leave your comments on this blog or go to the Tips from the Top Floor Forum.

The TOC

00:24 Welcome
01:10 GimpUsers.de
02:55 Original image
03:24 The case for using RAW
05:59 The histogram
10:22 Switching the toolbox off with TAB
12:02 Checking the rotation
14:50 Cropping
19:00 Saving the image
20:40 The End
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Episode 001: Preparing an image for the web

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In this first episode I show how to get an image ready for the web.

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In a quick tour I cover rotating, cropping, pushing the colours, downscaling and sharpening to show a bit what the GIMP can do.

You can leave your comments on this blog or go to the Tips from the Top Floor Forum.


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The TOC

00:22 Welcome
01:42 Open the image
02:56 Rotation
05:05 Cropping
08:06 Giving it “pop” with an overlay layer
09:35 Resizing
11:10 Sharpening using sharpen
13:10 Saving as a jpg
14:07 What’s coming up in future episodes
15:07 The End
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