This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create, save and apply a Copyright Signature Brush. To work along, you are welcome to download a Transparent Copyright Symbol Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
Create, Save & Apply A Sparkle Brush
Create A Multi Coloured Picture Brush
Create A Custom Brush From A Photograph
Create A Custom Brush From A Photo Object
Create A Brush From A Transparent Clipboard Image
Read GIMP’s Comprehensive Brush Notes Here
Colourise Your Copyright Brush
Create Transparent Watermark Text
Apply Your Newly Created Custom Brush
Save Your Transparent Object As A Custom Brush
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Brush Palette Note
To bring up the Brushes Palette, from the top menu, choose Windows then choose Dockable Dialogues and then choose Brushes.
To open the two Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace: from Gimps’ top menu choose File then Open - Ctrl then O. Now, from the Open Image dialogue box, navigate to the folder where your Start Images reside, then Ctrl-click to highlight both files - and then click Open.
Now, maximise the Photograph Image by clicking its Top Menu’s Maximise tab.
Then activate (and Maximise if necessary), the Transparent Copyright Symbol.
Before saving any object as a Brush, it needs to have a Transparent Background. My Brush Tutorial Here demonstrates how to remove an image’s background.
Add Text Note (If You Are Not Adding Text, Link Here To Continue).
To create a Copyright Brush with Text, open a New Transparent Image.
And leaving room for the subsequent Copyright Symbol, apply your choice of Black Text onto the Transparent Image. (A clear Handwriting Font can work well).
My Tutorial Here demonstrates how to apply text.
Now, Copy then Paste the Copyright Symbol onto Transparent Text Graphic.
Then with the Scale and Move Tools, Resize the Copyright Symbol and position it next to the text.
(Resize Images Tutorial).
Then Crop away the unwanted Transparent Background using the Crop Tool.
Now, Merge Visible the Layers: - top menu, then Image then Merge Visible Layers.
Your Copyright Signature can now be saved as a Custom Brush.
3/ Save Your Copyright Symbol/Signature To GIMP’s Brushes Folder
To save your transparent copyright symbol/signature as a Brush: from the top menu, choose File and then choose Save As. And from the subsequent Save Image dialogue box, click open the Select File Type menu, and from the subsequent drop-down list, click GIMP brush - gbr. (Don’t click Save).
Then navigate to and open GIMP’s Brushes Folder; (Program Files, then
GIMP-2.0 then share then gimp then 2.0 the brushes). After you have navigated to and opened GIMPs brushes folder, click Save - as illustrated below.
If you see the following Export File dialogue box, click Export.
Then from the subsequent Save as Brush dialogue box, enter a unique name for your Brush (and change the Spacing if you wish), and then click Save.
Congratulations, you have successfully saved your Copyright Symbol/Signature as a Custom Brush, and it is ready to apply.
To see your new Brush, (from the foot of the Brushes Palette) click the Refresh Brushes tab.
Then activate your newly created Brush by clicking its icon.
Your Brush is now ready to apply, in the usual manner.
My tutorial Here demonstrates how to apply Brushes.
Reapplying the Brush will darken its coverage
You can quickly Resize your Brush by tapping the Bracket Keys.
Remember, you can fade the Brush’s coverage by reducing the Brush’s Opacity before applying it.
Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating personalised signature brushes. Remember, any object that has a Transparent Background can be saved as a Brush.
Drop Shadow Note (Understand Layers)
To apply a Drop Shadow to your Brush. First, create a New Transparent Layer. And then apply your Brush to the New Transparent Layer. Now, still working on the Brush’s Layer, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow. And from the subsequent dialogue box, enter Drop Shadow settings of your choice, and then click OK.
Colourise Your Brush
To colourise your Brush, from the Paintbrush Tool’s left-side Options Panel, mark the following Gradient box. And then select a Gradient of your choice from the subsequent drop-down list.
Final Note (Back Up Your Custom Brushes)
Your Brush has been saved to GIMP’s Brushes Folder; however, it’s always good practice to backup GIMP’s Brushes. Backing up this folder preserves your newly created brushes should you need to reinstall your operating system .
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