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Animated images/ image effects for GIMP
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Rain animation with GIMP

http://www.tutorialized.com/view/tutorial/GIMP-rain-animation/28059


In this tutorial we will fake a rain animation effect using GIMP. The end result should be something like this:

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Now let's proceed at work, step by step:

* Select a start image, something that will fit with the rain, here I used a photo, but you can apply it also to a drawing. As I intend to get something gloomy, I made the picture darker (use whatever way you want: color levels, color curves, brightness/contrast. etc.


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* Also for an increased unnatural and gloomy effect, I used a Cartoon filter (Filters > Artistic > Cartoon), but this step is entirely optional.

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* Add a new layer, fill it with white and yet another layer, make it transparent. Fill the transparent layer with random noise (filters > Noise > Hurl; make sure Randomize is checked). Merge the two layers, we need only one (you can skip the creation of the white layer, it was used in the tutorial to show a clearer picture of what it happens, the transparent one is enough). Make it grayscale (I used Layer > Colors > Desaturate).


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* Apply a Blur filter (Filters > Blur > Blur) and a Motion Blur filter (Filters > Blur > Motion Blur), leave it as Linear and adjust the Length and Angle.


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* Change the Layer mode for the noise layer to Screen and adjust its Color Levels as shown (Tools > Color Tools > Levels).


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* We have one frame of the animation, let's do some more, for a total of about 4 or 5. Duplicate the base photo, and for each duplicate repeat the previous steps, by adding a transparent layer, fill it with noise, apply blur and motion blur, desaturate, change the mode to screen, ajust levels.

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* Merge Down the rain (noise) layers to their photo backgrounds to get the final frames of the animation. You can Preview the end result (Filters > Animation > Playback), I was not happy with how the raindrops look at the edges, so I had to use one of the two possible solutions: either crop a few pixels from the margins or add a border over each frame. As I wanted a gloomy effect, I added a thin black border.


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* As we want the final animation in GIF format and GIF uses indexed colors, change the image mode from RGB to Indexed (Image > Mode > Indexed) - better do it manually to control the dithering than leave GIMP to do it by itself. Also GIMP offer an optimization, use it (Filters > Animation > Optimize).


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* Save As GIF, be sure to save as animation by selecting the option and specify the animation speed by adjusting the delay (in milliseconds).


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Sit back and relax, the rainy image is done and you are not the one sitting in the rain (but I am not sure if this is good or bad)...





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IPod Dancing Commercial Tutorial for GIMP

http://www.tutorialized.com/view/tutorial/iPod-Dancer/31579

You know those iPod commercials where the people are black and the earbuds are white and they are dancing and such? Well, I had this crazy idea, literally two seconds ago.

I decided, hey, why not make a tut for all to see about how to make the little dancers with white earbuds in Gimp? So I did.

EDIT: Video iPod Dancer Follow-Up

1) Get a picture of someone dancing. It doesn't matter who. Anyone. I got mine from GettyImages:



2) Open your image in Gimp. If you want, you can clear out that logo if you got it from a stock website. Also do some housekeeping, such as making the background one color, cleaning up anything fuzzy, etc.
3) Create a new transparent layer. Name it "Black." Click the paths tool. Make sure in the toolbox, the paths tool is in Design Mode and polygonal is unchecked. Now, start outlining your dancer with the paths tool. When you get to the end, hold down CTRL and click on the beginning dot. It should look somewhat like mine:



3) Now click on the "Selection from Path" button. You should now have a selection around your dancer. Click on the Paintbucket Tool, and, with black as your foreground color, fill the selection. It should fill your dancer completely black. Now you can go around a clean up the edges a little if they're not smooth or some of the original picture is showing. It should look like mine:


So now it looks like we're getting somewhere. Now we'll make the background, so the earbuds will show up. You can delete the original image now.
4) Create a new white background layer. Drag it under your black layer. Pick a color for your background. I'm using a green one that I've seen in the commercials. Apply it to the white background layer.



Now we will add the earbuds...yay!
5) Select the paths tool. Zoom in on the ear and draw the shape of an earbud. Fill it with white.




6) Now, using the paths tool, draw an iPod in his hand. Here's mine (yes, I know my iPod is smaller than it should be):






If you want, you can draw fingers and thumbs to the hand to make it look like he is holding the iPod.

7) Use the paths tool again to draw the cord. Instead of clicking selection from path, this time you will click stroke path. Experiment with the boldness of the line.




And now for some final touches:




Now you have an iPod dancer. Have fun
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