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Paint A Funky Swirl
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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a funky swirl design.

Apply Brushes
Create, Save & Apply A Sparkle Brush
Create A Multi Coloured Picture Brush
Create A Custom Brush From A Photograph
Create, Save & Apply A Copyright Signature Brush
Create A Brush From A Transparent Clipboard Image

Read GIMP’s Comprehensive Brush Notes Here

Colourise Your Custom Brush
Improve Your Image’s Contrast
Remove Your Object’s Background
Remove The Object’s Colours (Optional)
Apply Your Newly Created Custom Brush
Save Your Transparent Object As A Custom Brush

Notes
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.

Note
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).

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1/
Create a New (Transparent) Image, and set the following Width and Height and Fill with Transparency attributes. (Alternatively, select New Image settings of your choice).





2/
Now, set the Foreground and the Background Colour Swatches to the colours of your choice. (I have selected Lime Green and Turquoise, respectively).



3/
Then from the Toolbox, activate the Paintbrush Tool.



And set the following Hard Brush attributes into the Tool Options Box.



Note
The Brush settings are entirely reliant upon your image’s
resolution and the look you are seeking. Therefore, for personal results, it’s important to experiment with the settings.

Now, paint a large X shape onto your Transparent canvas. Then tap your Keyboard’s X Key to swap the Foreground Colour Swatch. And then paint a smaller Cross shape over the X shape - as demonstrated below. 

Tip
Pressing down the Shift Key as you apply the Brush, keeps it straight.



4/
From the top menu, choose Filters then choose Distorts and then choose Whirl and Pinch. And from the subsequent Whirl and Pinch dialogue box, enter the following settings, and then click OK.

Note
For personal results, experiment with the Whirl and Pinch settings.





Tip
You can smooth any ragged edges using a very low Gaussian Blur application - Filters, Blur then Gaussian Blur.



5/
Now that you have created a Transparent Swirl, you can Create A Fill Layer, and fill it with either a Pattern, a Solid Colour, or a Gradient of your choice. As fully demonstrated in my
Create A Fill Layer Tutorial, Here.

Drop Shadow Note
To apply a Drop Shadow, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow.



  

6/
Congratulations, your Swirl design is complete, and it’s ready
to save and to incorporate into your artwork.

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