Gimp Lady Bug Tutorial. Part 1

 

This is a tutorial how to make a lady bug using Gimp 2.8. Gimp is great image manipulating program, if you don't already have it download it from www.gimp.org

 

Step 1

 

 1. Fire up Gimp.

 2. File – New – 256x256 canvas size.

By default there will be layer in the Layers Dialog Box named “Background” we leave it at that.

 3. Create New Layer above “Background”. Layers – New – Pop up widow – Transparency – Checked.

 4. Layers Dialog Box – rename newly created layer to “BugBodyBase”

 5. Layers Dialog Box – layer “BugBodyBase” selected.

 6. Above canvas – image – Guides – New Guide (By Percent)

Pop Up Window – Direction – Choose Vertical from he drop down option. Position in % - 50.

 7. Repeat this step for Horizontal Guide.

 8. Let's create another Horizontal guide by percent. This time choose 75%

 9. We need another yet guide line. This one we will create by hand. Click on Vertical ruler on the left side of the canvas and drag it about 26 pixels. You will see pixel count of the guide line at the bottom of the canvas next to zoom options.

 10. Tool Box – Select Ellipse select tool.

 11. Tool Options – Check expend from center for the Ellipse select tool.

 12. On the canvas put mouse cursor on the center exactly where 50% guide lines cross and drag ellipse selection till it meets with a 26 pixel vertical guide line and 75% Horizontal guide line. You will feel edges of an ellipse select tool sort of snap onto the guide lines.

 13. Once selection has been made, Tool Box – select Bucket Fill tool.

 14. Set Foreground color to completely black. I believe Gimp when first opened has Foreground set to black and Background set to white. If not, well you can select black “HTML notation numbers are 000000” by hand.

 15. Fill newly created ellipse selection using Bucket Fill tool with black color.

 By now we should have something that looks like this:

 

This is a good time to save your work. File – Save. Don't forget to name your file! Gimp will save your file with .xcf extension, Gimp native extansion will keep layers and that's what we need!. To save image with different extansion use Save As. Choose your extension. Gimp supports whole zillions of them!

Step 2

 We need to create another body part for the Lady Bug.

 1. Lets hide layer “BugBodyBase” by clicking on the eye icon next to the layer in the Layers Dialog Box.

 2. Create new layer. Layers – New. Pop Up - Transparency – Checked. Name newly created layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 3. Layers Dialog Box – make sure layer “BugMidBodyBase” is highlighted. Meaning we are working on that layer.

 4. Click on the Vertical ruler and drag new guide line 212 pixels.

 5. Click on the Horizontal ruler and drag one 88 pixels.

 6. Click on the Horizontal ruler and drag 168 pixels.

 7. Tool Box – select Ellipse select tool again.

 8. Tool Options – uncheck expand from the center.

 9. On the canvas put mouse cursor onto where 50 x 50% guide lines meet and drag. Align circle with 212px guide as well 168 and 88 pixel guides.

 10. Fill newly created circle with black color again using bucket fill tool.

 We should have something that looks like this:

 

 

Step 3

 Next we shall create head for the bug.

 1. Layers Dialog Box – Hide layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 2. Create new layer – Layers – New – Transparency – Checked.

 3. Name new layer - “BugHeadBase”

 4. Create two new Vertical guide lines. 146 px and 110 px.

 5. Creat one Vertical guide line 178 px.

 6. Tool Box – Ellipce select tool.

 7. Select circle between guides 212 px, 146 px, 110 px and 178 px.

 8. Fill newly created circle with black color using Bucket Fill tool.

 We should have something like this:

 

Step 4

 Friendly reminder save your work! Now we got some more work to do with all layers that we created. Yaips! We shall create another yet guide line!

 1. Image – Guides – New Guide By Percent – Pop Up – Direction Horizontal – Position in % - 25.

 2. Repeat this step for Vertical guide line.

 3. Layers Dialog Box – Hide layer - “BugHeadBase”

 4. Layers Dialog Box select layer “BugBodyBase” and unhide it.

 5. Tool Box – select Rectangle select tool.

 6. Canvas – select half of the bug body from 50% Vertical guide line and delete it using delete key on your keyboard once selection has been made.

 We should have something like this:

  7. Tool Box – select ellipse select tool.

 8. Create circle between Vertical 25% guide line, 178 px, and both 75% and 25% Horizontal.

 9. Fill newly created circle with black color.

 

 10. Above canvas – Select – None.

 11. Lets move guide line 178 px to new position 170 px.

 12. Layers Dialog Box – Hide layer “BugBodyBase” and unhide “BugMidBodyBase” layer.

 13. Makes sure in Layers Dialog Box layer “BugMidBodyBase” is selected. We shall do some work on that layer. Maybe get some coffee? Oh yes and save your work!

 14. Tool Box – select Paths Tool.

 15. Tool Options for Paths Tool - make sure Design is checked.

 16. Canvas – Start Path from the corner of 50% Vertical guide line and 88 px, just mouse click there. Next mouse click we going to do at the corner of 170 and 168, next mouse click at the corner of 168 and the 50% Vertical guide. I sure hope this is not too confusing because I confused myself. Anyway here is the picture:

 17. Once the Path is indicated – Tool Box – Tool Options for the Paths Tool check Edit.

 18. Canvas – Grab Path at the corner of 170px and 50% Horizontal (128) Guide. Drag it back a little toward 50% Vertical guide line.

 19. Tool Options – click selection from the path button. Dashed lines should indicate that selection been made.

 20. Hit delete key on your keyboard.

 21. Above canvas – Select – None.

 We should have something like this:

  22. Another yet guide line to create. Vertical 192px.

 23. Tool Box – Grab Ellipse select tool.

 24. Canvas – select tiny circle between 192px, 110px, 212px and 50% Horizontal guide lines.

 25. Once selection been made hit delete key.

 26. Above canvas – Select – None.

 

 27. We shall do same for the other side.

 28. Tool Box – Ellipse select tool selected.

 29. Canvas – select tiny circle between 192px, 50% Horizontal, 212px and 146px guide lines.

 30. Once selection been made – Delete key on the keyboard.

 31. Above canvas – Select – None.

 32. There going to be small artifact left over so we shall delete that one.

 33. Tool Box – Select – Rectangle select Tool.

 34. Canvas – Draw a small box around the artifact and hit delete key as soon selection been made.

 35. Above canvas – Select – None.

Save your work! Guess what? We are not done yet. Have some coffee!

To continue with the tutorial please see Lady Bug Tutorial Part 2.

 

 

 

 

 

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