This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create and save a Dot Pattern, using the Pencil Tool. To work along, you are welcome to download my Swans Image Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
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.
Unzip Zipped Files
Understand Blend Modes
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Create a New (Transparent) Image, and set the following exact Width and Height dimensions; 10 Pixels X 10 Pixels - (File then New - Ctrl then N).
Maximise And Zoom Tip
Maximise the 10 Pixels X 10 Pixels image. Then, with the Zoom Tool, zoom into the 10 Pixels x 10 Pixel’s Image, five times.
Now, set the Foreground Colour Swatch to Dark Grey. And set the Background Colour Swatch to Solid White.
To produce personal Dot Patterns, experiment with different Foreground and Background Colours, and Dot Positions.
Then from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Pencil Tool.
And enter the following Hard Round Pencil Brush settings into the Options Box.
I have set a Brush Size of 3 Pixels: however, for personal Dot Sizes, experiment with different Brush Sizes.
Then left-click once to place a single Grey (dot) onto the 10 x 10 Pixels Image - as illustrated below.
Now, swap the Foreground and Background Colours by tapping your Keyboard’s X Key. The Foreground Colour Swatch should now be Solid White - as demonstrated below.
And with the Pencil Tool, left-click to place a Solid White (Dot) just below the Grey Dot - as demonstrated below.
You may want to save your Dot Template as a GIMP XCF File.
You can disable the Pencil Tool by activating the Move Tool.
Congratulations, you have created your Dot Pattern, and it’s time to save it to GIMP’s Patterns Folder.
Now, to save the Dot Pattern to GIMP’s Patterns Folder: 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 pattern - pat. (Don’t click Save).
Then navigate to and open GIMP’s Patterns Folder; (Program Files, then
GIMP-2.0 then share then gimp then 2.0 the patterns). After you have navigated to and opened GIMPs patterns folder, click Save - as illustrated below.
Now, from the subsequent Save as Pattern dialogue box, enter a unique name for your Pattern, and then click Save.
Congratulations, you have successfully saved your Dot Pattern to GIMP’s Patterns Folder.
Now, close down GIMP. Then launch it again, and open your Start Image - Ctrl then O.
Then create a New Transparent Layer by clicking the following Create a new layer tab. Then click OK to the subsequent New Layer dialogue box.
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Bucket Fill Tool.
And locate and activate your newly saved Dot Pattern.
And still working on the New Transparent Layer, left-click to apply your Dot Pattern over your Start Image.
11/ Understand Layers - Understand Blend Modes
Then change the Transparent Layer’s Blend Mode from Normal to Grain Merge. And reduce the Layer’s Opacity to around 45.5.
For personal Dot Blends, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.
Your image may benefit from a Sharpening Filter application.
Congratulations, your Dot Pattern Conversion is complete and it is ready to save.
14/ Final Note (Back Up Your Dot Pattern)
Your Pattern has been saved to GIMP’s Patterns Folder; however, it’s always good practice to backup GIMP’s Patterns. Backing up this folder preserves your newly created patterns should you need to reinstall your operating system .
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