This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to paint your name with fluffy cotton wool clouds.
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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 list.
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
Create a New Image, and set the following Width and Height and Fill with attributes. Alternatively, select Width and Height dimensions of your choice.
Now, set the Foreground Colour to Mid Blue, and set the Background Colour to Solid White.
Then from the Toolbar, activate the Blend Tool.
Now, click open the Gradient choices, and then left-click to activate the Foreground to Background Gradient - FG to BG (RGB) - as demonstrated below.
Then hold down the Ctrl Key, and then stretch a Gradient Line in the following direction.
As soon as you release the mouse button, a sky coloured gradient will be applied to your image.
Tap your Keyboard’s D Key and then tap your Keyboard’s X Key. Your Foreground Colour should now be Solid White.
Now, from the Toolbox, activate the Paintbrush Tool.
And (from the Options Box), activate the following Smoke Brush.
Then set the following Dynamics Random Brush attributes.
The Brush Size is entirely dependent upon your background’s Resolution, and the cloud writing look you are seeking. With this in mind, it’s important to experiment and find a Brush Size and Opacity that suits your needs.
Now, from the Layers Palette, create a New Transparent Layer above the Sky Background.
Then, working on the New Transparent Layer, begin painting your name or a slogan over the sky - as demonstrated below.
If you make a mistake, then press Ctrl then Z to go back a place.
Now, continue to paint your name/slogan onto the sky, experimenting with the Paintbrush settings to create a personalised look. After you have completed this, you are ready for the next step.
You can deepen the cloud effect by carefully painting over the same area until you are happy with the result.
Disable the Paintbrush Tool by clicking another Tool, perhaps the Move Tool.
Now, from the Layers Palette, deepen the effect by Duplicating the Cloud Writing Layer. (Right-click over the Cloud Writing Layer, and then from the subsequent drop-down list, select Duplicate Layer).
Layers Opacity Note
You can fade the clouds’ appearance by lowering their Layer Opacities.
Cloud Tweaking Notes
There’s lots you can do to further personalise the clouds. For example, you could apply a Gaussian or a Motion Blur to the Cloud Layers. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and make this effect your own.
Congratulations, after you have Flattened the Layers, (Image then Flatten Image), your work is complete, and it is ready to save.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
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