Gimp Lady Bug Tutorial. Part 3

 

Step 8

 1. Create New layer above layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 2. Gimp will name newly created layer to “layer 2”

 3. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 4. Tool Box – Set Foreground color to white - ffffff

 5. Tool Box – select – Select By Color Tool.

 6. Canvas – touch the shape of the mid body and let gimp do it's job.

 7. Once selection been made, Layers Dialog Box – select “layer 2”

 

 8. Fill selection using Bucket Fill tool with white color.

 9. Above canvas – Select – Shrink. Pop Up – Set Shrink Selection By 1px.

 10. Once selection been shrunk, delete center using Delete key on the keyboard.

 11. Above canvas – Select – None.

 12. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected. Set “layer 2” to Overlay Mode.

 13. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Pop Up – Set both Horizontal and Vertical Blur radius to 2px.

 14. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected – right click – Drop Down – Merge Down onto layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 15. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected. (Little yellow shapes)

 16. Right click on layer “layer 1” (it should be above layer “BugMidBodyBase”. Drop Down – choose – Merge Down onto layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 17. Layers Dialog Box – Duplicate layer “BugBodyBase”

 18. Gimp will name it to “BugBodyBase copy” so we leave it at that.

 19. Layers Dialog Box – layer “BugBodyBase copy” selected.

 20. Above cnavase – Colors – Levels – Pop Up – Set Output level to – 0. Basically the shape on the layer should turn black.

 21. Layers Dialog Box – layer “BugBodyBase copy” selected.

 22. Set Foreground color to white – ffffff

 23. Tool Box – select -Select by Color Tool.

 24. Canvas – Select black color of the body shape.

 25. Once selection been made. Fill it with white color using Bucket Fill Tool.

 26. Above canvas – Select – Shrink. Pop Up – Shrink selection by – 2px.

 27. Once selection been shrunk delete center.

 28. Toll Box – Set Foreground color to black 000000

 29. Fill selection on the canvas with black color using Bucket Fill Tool.

 30. Once selection been filled – above canvas – Select – Shrink. Pop Up – Shrink Selection by 2px.

 31. Once selection been shrunk – delete center.

 32. Above canvas – Select – None.

 33. Layers Dialog Box – Set layer “BugBodyBase copy” to overlayer Mode.

 34. Layers Dialog Box – layer “BugBodyBase copy” selected.

 35. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian blur. Pop Up – set both Horizontal and Vertical blur radius to 2px.

 36. Layers Dialog Box layer “BugBodyBase copy” selected – Right click on it – Drop Down – choose Merge Down onto layer “BugBodyBase.

 We should have something like this by now.

 Step 9

 1. Layers Dialog Box – unhide “BugHeadBase”layer.

 2. Mover layer “BugHeadBase” under layer “BugMidBodyBase”

 3. Merge layer “BugMidBodyBase” onto layer “BugHeadBase”

 4. Hence we merged layer “BugMidBodyBase” onto “BugHeadBase” layer. Gimp will keep name “BugHeadBase”

 5. Layers Dialog Box – Merge “BugHeadBase” layer onto layer “BugBodyBase”

 6. So to sum it all up, at the moment we should have only 2 layers. One “Background” the white. One called “BugBodyBase”

 7. Create new layer above layer “BugBodyBase”

 8. Gimp will name it to “layer 1” So we let it be.

 9. We are going to give the bug little cheeks!

 10. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected.

 11. With Ellipse Select Tool draw a circle on the head.

 12. Fill circle with db9817 color.

 13. Layers Dialog Box – Create New layer above “layer 1”

 14. Gimp will name newly created layer to “layer 2” So we let it be.

 15. Tool Box – set Foreground color back to white ffffff

 16. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 17. Fill tiny circle with white color.

 18. Once selection been filled – Shrink selection by 1px. Once selection shrunk, delete center.

 19. Layers Dialog Box – layer “Layer 2” selected – set “layer 2” to Overlay Mode.

 20. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Pop Up – Set both Horizontal and Vertical blur radius to 1px.

 21. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected – right click on it – Drop Down – choose – Merge Down onto “layer 1”.

 22. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected – right click on it – Drop Down – choose – Duplicate layer.

 23. Once again Gimp will name newly duplicated layer to “layer 2”. So we leave it at that.

 24. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 25. Tool Box – select – Flip Tool.

 26. Tool Options for Flip Tool – Vertical Checked.

 27. On the Canvas touch layer and hence the bug is symmetrical the circle should appear exactly opposite of the first created circle.

 28. Layers Dialog Box – Merge “layer 2” onto “layer 1”

 29. Merge layer “layer 1” onto “BugBodyBase” layer.

Save Your Work!!!

Step 10

 Okay Bug needs some more details.

 1. Create new layer above “BugBodyBase” layer.

 2. Gimp will name it to “layer 1” again. So we leave it at that.

 3. Draw a circle again using Ellipse Select Tool. Right around area of the bug as shown on the picture below.

 4. Fill created circle with black color – 000000

 5. Create new layer above layer “layer 1”

 6. Gimp will rename it to “layer 2” and we leave it at that.

 7. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected

 8. Set Foreground color to white ffffff

 9. Tool Box – select – Pencil Tool.

 10. Tool Options – set Pencil Tool Size to 2px.

 11. Canvas – Dab white color right in the middle of the circle selection.

 

  12. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 13. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur – Pop Up – Set Both Horizontal and Vertical blur radius to 5px.

 14. Layers Dialog Box – Merge layer “layer 2” onto “layer 1”

 15. Above Canvas – Select – None.

 16. Create another yet layer above layer “BugBodyBase” but under “layer 1”

 17. Gimp will name newly created layer “layer 2”

 18. Layers Dialog Box - “layer 2” selected.

 19. Tool Box – Choose – Free Select Tool.

 20. Draw a triangle on the layer as shown below.

 21. Fill triangle with black color ffffff

 22.  Create another yer layer above layer “layer 2”

 23. Gimp will name it “layer 3” so we leave it at that.

 24. Layers Dialog Box - “layer 3” selected.

 25. Tool Box – select - Pencil Tool again.

 26. Tool Options for Pencil Tool. Set size to 1px.

 27. Set Foreground color back to white ffffff

 28. Dab white in the center of the selection again. Like we did before.

 29. Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur – Pop Up – Set both Horizontal and Vertical blur radius to 1px.

 30. Above canvas – Select – None.

 31. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 3” selected.

 32. Merge “layer 3” onto “layer 2”

 33. Gimp will keep name of the layer “layer 2”

 34. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “layer 1” (the black/white circle) and merge onto “layer 2”

 35. Duplicate “layer 2”

 36. Gimp will name newly duplicated layer to “layer 3”

 37. Tool Box – select – Flip Tool.

 38. Tool Options for Flip Tool – Vertical – checked.

 39. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 3” selected.

 40. Click the canvas to flip image.

 41. Once image is flipped merge “layer 3” onto “layer 2” in the Layers Dialog Box.

 42. Hence we merged “layer 3” onto “layer 2” Gimp will keep name “layer 2”

 43. Layers Dialog Box – merge layer 'layer 2” onto layer “BugBodyBase.

 We should have something that looks like this. As well one can see position of black triangle.

 

Step 11

 Now we need whiskers (what ever it's called on the bugs) and legs! So far we should only have once again 2 layers left. “Background” layer and “BugBodyBase” layer.

 1. Create new layer.

 2. Gimp will name it to “layer 1” so we let it be for now.

 3. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected.

 4. Move layer “layer 1” under layer “BugBodyBase”

 5. Tool Box – Select – Pencil Tool.

 6. Tool Options for the Pencil Tool – set brush size to abut 5px.

 7. Tool Box – set Foreground color to black 000000

 8. Draw a line by the bugs head.

 9. With Ellipse select tool create small circle on the end of the whisker.

 Something like this:

 

  10. Create new layer above layer “layer 2”

 11. By default Gimp will name newly created layer to “layer 2”

 12. Layers Dialog Box - “layer 1” selected.

 13. Tool Box – choose – Select By Color Tool.

 14. Touch black part of the whisker so Gimp can select that area.

 15. Layers Dialog Box – select “layer 2”

 16. Tool Box – Set Foreground color to white ffffff

 17. Above canvas – Select – Shrink. Pop Up – Shrink Selection by 2px.

 18. Once selection been shrunk – Fill it with white color using Bucket Fill Tool.

 19. Layers Dialog Box – select “layer 1” again.

 20. Tool Box – Choose – Select By Color Tool again.

 21. Touch black whisker color again to make selection.

 22. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “layer 2”

 23. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Pop Up – Set both Horizontal and Vertica blur radius to 3px.

 24. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 25. Layers Dialog Box – Set “layer 2” Opacity to 50.

 26. Layers Dialog Box – Right click on layer “layer 2” - Drop Down – Merge Down onto layer “layer 1”

 27. Gimp will keep name “layer 1” hence we merged “layer 2” onto it.

 28. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected.

 29. Above canvas – Filters – Decor – Add Bevel. Pop Up – Uncheck “Work on Copy” and “Keep Bump Layer” if they were checked. Set Thickness to 10.

 30. Layers Dialog Box layer “layer 1” selected, right click on it – Drop Down – Choose Duplicate. Gimp will name duplicated layer to “layer 2”.

 31. Tool Box – select - Flip Tool. Tool Options for the Flip Tool – Vertical – Checked.

 32. Canvas – click it so image of lonely whisker would flip.

 33. Once it's flipped and whisker should appear opposite side of the first one, Layers Dialog Box – Merge layer “layer 2” onto “layer 1”

 34. Gimp will keep layers name “layer 1”

 35. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “BugBodyBase”, merge “BugBodyBase” layer onto “layer 1”

 36. Hence Gimp will keep “layer 1” layer, let's rename it to “TheBug”

 By now we should have something looking like this:

 Step 12

Bug needs some legs for sure!. I go get coffee! And recommend you save your work! At this point we should have 2 layers in the Layers Dialog Box. “Background” and “TheBug” layers.

 1. Create new layer under “TheBug” layer.

 2. Gimp will name it “layer 1” once again, so we let it be.

 3. Now we shall paint some legs!

 4. Tool Box – select – Pencil Tool. Tool Options for the Pencil tool – set brush size to 4px.

 5. Tool Box – set Foreground color to black color 000000.

 6. Layers Dialog Box – make sure layer “layer 1” is selected.

 7. Draw some legs!

 Something like this:

 

  8. We need to add some more details to the legs.

 9. Layers Dialog Box – makes sure layer :layer 1” selected.

 10. Let's get on with it!. If you make a bobo not to worry, CTRL + Z to undo or CTRL + Y to redo shortcuts or above canvas - Edit. Undo, redo functions there as well.

 We should have something looking like this after hours of tortures over the legs!. Well maybe not hours but still some workies! Good news is, we only have to do it for one side!

  11. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected.

 12. Tool Box – choose – Select By Color Tool.

 13. Cnavas – touch leg anywhere on the black color.

 14. Once selection been made.

 15. Layers Dialog Box – create new layer above layer “layer 1”

 16. Gimp will name newly created layer “layer 2”. So we leave it at that.

 17. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 18. Above canvas – Select – Shrink – Pop Up – Shrink selection by – 2 or 3 pixels. It all depends how thick you painted legs. So you be the judge of it!

 19. Once selection been shrunk, Tool Box - Set Foreground color to white ffffff

 20. Check just to make sure in the Layers Dialog Box that you are modifying layer “layer 2”

 21. Fill shrunk selection with white color.

 22. Tool Box – select – Select By Color Tool.

 23. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “layer 1” (where black legs are painted).

 24. Canvas – select black legs shape.

 25. Layers Dialog Box – select “layer 2”

 26. Above canvas -Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Pop Up – Set Both Horizontal and Vertical blur to 3px or less if needed.

 27. Layers Dialog Box – merge “layer 2” Onto layer “layer 1”

 28. Gimp will keep name “layer 1”

 29. Above canvas – Select – None.

 30. So now we have some sort of highlights on the bug legs. Yaya!

 31. Duplicate layer “layer 1”.

 32. Gimp once again will name duplicated layer to “layer 2”.

 33. Tool Box – select – Flip Tool. Tool Options for the Flip Tool – Vertical Checked.

 34. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 35. Touch canvas to flip layer.

 36. Layers Dialog Box – merge “layer 2” onto “layer 1”.

 37. Gimp will keep name “layer 1” So we let it be.

 38. Once again we should be left with three layers at the moment. Layer “TheBug”, “layer 1” and “Background”.

 39. We are going to cut out a little portion of the butt on the bug. To show wing area in a better manner.

 40. Layers Dialog Box – Select lyaer “TheBug”

 41. Tool Box – select – Rectangle select Tool.

 42. Cut out few pixels on the bug's hind end.

 Here is the picture of progress so far.

 

Step 13

 We shall paint some more details on the bug! Don't forget to save your work!

 1. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “layer 1”

 2. Above canvas – Filters – Decor – Add Bevel. Pop Up – make sure “Work on copy” and “Keep Bump Layer” are unchecked. Set Thickness to 10.

 3. Layers Dialog Box – select layer “TheBug”

 4. Merge layer “TheBug” onto layer “layer 1”

 5. Hence Gimp is gonna keep “layer 1” name, let's rename it back to “TheBug”

 6. Create new layer. Gimp will name it “layer 1” again. So we let it be.

 7. Tool Box – set Foreground color back to black 000000

 8. Tool Box – select Pencil Tool. Tool Options – set brush size to 2px.

 9. Layers Dialog Box – layer “TheBug” selected.

 10. Canvas – Draw a Horizontal line on the bug. The 50% Horizontal guide line will help. So draw straight line right on it.

 11. Canvas – left click mouse button right in the area where cut out for the wings is to indicate beginning of the line. Hold down Shift + CTRL and click at the end of the bug head. That should help to draw perfectly straight line.

 12. This is a bit hard to explain in typing. Lol but if you look at the picture, you can see right on the back of the bug where body is connecting to the mid body there is sort of V shape forking for the black line.

 13. Now we can rid of the guide lines totally.

 14. Image – Guides – Remove All Guides.

 Here is picture of the black line on the bug. We need something looking like this:

  15. Okay once that is done, we need some highlights on the bug.

 16. Layers Dialog Box – create new layer under layer 'layer 1” and above layer “TheBug”

 17. Good old Gimp will auto name newly created layer to “layer 2” So we leave it at that.

 18. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 19. Tool Box – select -Pencil Tool again. Tool Options for Pencil Tool. Set brush size to 1px.

 20. Tool Box – set Foreground color to white ffffff

 21. Draws some lines on the layer “layer 2”

 22. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 23. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur – Pop Up – set both Horizontal and Vertical blur to 2px.

 24. Layers Dialog Box – set layer “layer 2” to Overlay mode.

 25. Layers Dialog Box – Duplicate layer “layer 2”

 26. Newly duplicated layer Gimp will rename to “layer 3” it will be above “layer 2”

 27. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected. Right click – Drop down – choose – Merge Down onto layer “TheBug”

 28. Layers Dialog Box – Merge layer “layer 3” onto layer “TheBug” as well.

 We shall give it some more highlights.

 29. Create new layer above “TheBug” layer.

 30. Gimp will name it to “layer 2” again. So we let it be.

 31. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 2” selected.

 32. Tool Box – This time choose Paint Brush Tool. Set brush size in the Tool Options to 5px.

 33. Tool Box – Set Foreground color to white 000000

 34. Paint some whites on the layer “layer 2”

 Something like this:

  35. Layer -”layer 2” selected.

 36. Above canvas – Filters- Blur – Gaussian Blur. Pop Up – set Both Horizontal and Vertical blur radius to 15.

 37. Layers Dialog Box – set layer “layer 2” to Overlay Mode.

 38. Layers Dialog Box – right click “layer 2”, duplicate it.

 39. There will be “layer 3” created.

 40. Merge layer “layer 2” and then “layer 3” (in that order) onto layer “TheBug”

 The bug is looking a bit buggier!

Step 14

 Yayya Pretty much home stretch now!!!

 1. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected.

 2. Duplicate layer “layer 1”

 3. We shall have “layer 2” created.

 4. Layers Dialog Box – select “layer 1”

 5. Above canvas – Filters – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Pop Up – set both Horizontal and Vertical blur to 5px.

 6. Layers Dialog Box – layer “layer 1” selected – duplicate it.

 7. We should have better looking shadow and alyer “layer 3” created.

 8. Layers Dialog Box – merge “layer 1” onto layer “TheBug”

 9. Layers Dialog Box – merge - “layer 3” onto layer “TheBug”

 10. Layers Dialog Box – merge “layer 2” onto layer “TheBug”

 Ta-Da! We are soooo done. However if you feel the bug is in need of some more highlights, one can always create layers and using black and white colors as well blur and overlaying layers onto the bug create some more highlights. Also if you feel it's too pixelated, can always do 1px – 2px (what ever looks best) Gaussian Blur on the whole image. Here is my bug!. I used background for it and set to little bigger image size that we started with. You can also put your bug onto leaves and all sorts of interesting places!. Scale it and etc to fit your needs.

 

Thank you for taking time doing this tutorial. Hopefully it was not too confusing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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