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Specified Mini-Lesson

GIMP#17 Splattered with Gimp (Gimp 2.8)

Splattered or shattered images are quite popular, and this uses an easy technique for creating them in Gimp 2.8. Once you get the hang of it, you can try out a variety of brushes and approaches to get the exact look you want.
B-Movie model stock http://fav.me/d1xyy1y courtesy of Marcus Ranum http://www.ranum.com

Splatter brush stock from http://wickedjess.deviantart.com/art/18-Splatter-Brushes-for-PS-CS3‒74806122 courtesy of http://wickedjess.deviantart.com. Though she says the brushes are for Photoshop, they'll work fine if you unzip them into your \users\{yourname}\gimp−2.8\brushes directory or its Linux equivalent. See this link if you are having trouble getting brushes to work.

Rough transcript (used for Closed Captions as well):
This is Ben Langhinrichs of Genii Software with another mini-lesson on Gimp 2.8. This one is called "Splattered with Gimp", and the idea is to take an image and make part of it splatter.

I'm going to duplicate the image a few times into separate layers. On the top layer, I'm going to select the figure and carve it out. I'm going to use the Intelligent Scissors to select around the edges. You don't have to be really perfect with this because the original image will be underneath it, but it helps to get a pretty good cut.

Once I've carved all this out and hit Enter to select, I invert the selection so I can delete everything but the figure. I need to add an Alpha channel so the delete will be transparent, then I hit clear to delete. There's still a little under her arm, so I'm going to use Choose by Color to select that and then hit clear again.

Now that the figure is cut out, I duplicate that layer. The top layer is going to be the figure as it is now, the "Normal" figure. The second layer will be the "Warped" figure, and the third layer will be the "Background" layer.

For the background, we need a solid color, or at least a background that extends under the figure. It doesn't need to be perfect, but something to show under the holes I'll make in the figure. I just select part of the background, copy and paste, then scale to cover the whole layer. We will erase the parts we don't want later.

Now, we take the "Warped" layer and we need to put some color over where the splatters are going to be. We go to Filters - Distort - iWarp, which is like Photoshop's Liquify, and we just pull parts of the image over. That way when the splatters show up, they'll be the right colors and look consistent. Now we have our "Warped" figure, and we're going to add a layer mask on that, and we are going to make it completely transparent so you don't see it unless we brush it on. Then, we take the "Normal" figure and add a layer mask on that and make it completely opaque so you can see the figure.

Now, we're going to change the brush. I loaded some splatter brushes which you can find listed in the Description. (See link above.) When I use the splatter brush with Black, anywhere it touches will become transparent on the top layer so we can see the "Background" layer through it. Anywhere you use White on the "Warped" layer mask, you're going to paint in color from the Warped figure which creates the splatters. You can mix up different brushes, sizes and angles. I'm doing this in a very rough way. I'm sure you can do a better job if you take some time, but I want to show the basic idea. Just keep switching the brushes and brushing out with Black and in with White on the two figure layers. If you do too much, just switch to White for the "Normal" layer and Black for the "Warped" layer to undo parts.

What you get is a bunch of splatters coming out from her and holes where the splatters look like they came from. That's where the background shows up. When you are all done and happy with what you've got... it always takes me a while to tweak... Let's add little splatters around her arm. When you've got a splatter that you really like, you apply the layer masks and the figure will be done.

Then you go to the "Background" layer and add a new layer mask. This time you should use a big soft brush, and the idea is to paint away to get to get where the shadows and such, getting back to the original image on the bottom part. When I'm done, I've got the image I want.

Thank you very much, and visit us for some other mini-lessons at http://Mini-Lessons.info

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