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Aero Style Borders

Discussion in 'Gimp Tips & Tutorials' started by Phantom, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Phantom

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    This is my first Tutorial for GIMP so I hope you find it helpful.



    Aero Style Borders


    In this tutorial I'll be showing you step by step on how to create the same glass border that Windows VISTA uses in its theme called AERO. This effect is VERY simple to create and is recommended for all skill levels.




    Step 1: Open up a new canvas with a white background. Since we are learning how to do this effect you need to have some room to work so I would recommend creating a new canvas who's size is around 300x650 pixels.


    Step 2: First thing we need to do with our new canvas is create a new layer by going to your layers window and clicking the "add new layer" icon.


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    Step 3: Now what we need to do is make sure we have our invisible layer selected and we need to create a shape that we want to have as our border. For sake of the tutorial I'll use a rectangle with rounded edges at 7.0 pixels. Once your shape is drawn, fill it with a mid grey color. I used 747474 as my grey. Its not to dark not to light.


    Step 4: While you still have the little ants around your shape, go to select\shrink and shrink by 1.0 pixels.

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    Step 5: Fill your new box with solid white.


    Step 6: Go to Select\shrink again and shrink by 1.0 pixels.


    Step 7: Now we need to delete the remaining solid fill color so all we have left is the border. We do this by simply hitting the delete button.


    Step 8: Create a new invisible layer above our current layer.


    Step 9: Make sure you have your new layer selected and refill the layer with solid white.


    Step 10: Now we need to tone down the solid white we just filled so we can see thru our borders. So what we'll do is go up to your layer opacity and lower it to 20.0.


    Step 11: Now we need to create another invisible layer above our current layer.


    Step 12: Go to Select\Shrink once again and shrink by 4 pixels this time. This will give us our beautiful AERO/VISTA style borders. Make sure that what ever you fill in matches with the borders. Remember the borders are extended outlines of the main image.

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    Just to double check yourself, here is what my layer order looks like. Yours should look exactly the same if you followed each step in order.


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    After completeing the 12 step process you can put what ever you want in the new layer just as long as it follows the border. It would look less pro if you made a AERO Glass box and put a star in the middle as the main image. Use your creative imagination. For example what I did was I filled a rectangle with a 3D white gradient and then beveled the edges by 2 to give it a tiny 3D lift to it.


    You can use this in an animated .gif so that you can really show off the glass by moving it over different things so that the viewer can tell its see thru. What I did was gave it a drop shadow of x-axis=0 and y-axis=15 with blur set to 15. That way the viewer can see that it is not only lifted off of the canvas giving it a 3D feel but also that you can see parts of the shadow thru the glass.


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    Here was my very first try at it when i first conceived the method.



    Tutorial by Phantom / Justin Davis








    Please feel free to post feedback. If something needs corrections let me know. I would also like to see some tries at it so show me what you got.
     
  2. Gimper

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    nice tutorial, this would be great for users learning how to skin winowblind themes with GIMP

    thanks
     
  3. Phantom

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    Thanks man. It would def. be a great way to step into the world of custom XP themes.
     
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    neat, i will try it soon  ;D
     
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    Awesome, I look forward to seeing some tries at it. Its a VERY simple effect.
     
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    Very Nice .. This can also be used to make stunning sigs :)
     
  8. Phantom

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    Thanks man. Thats what I originally wanted to use it for. The one I posted that says Phantom on it I use as my sig for a few other forum's im on. A lot of the work I do with GIMP is for Sigs, Avatars, web banners, and buttons.
     
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    ooh i like it ^-^ ^-^
     
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    cool have to try it tomorrow its 12:17am holy crap time goes by fast playing video games ;)
     
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    I did everything according to your tutorial (at least I think I did) and end up with this  :(
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    Did I do something wrong? Sorry, I'm new to using the GIMP  :wilber:
     
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    Nope, you did good. The white part in the middle is where you place your image. You got the borders perfect from what it looks like.
     
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    Oh, I think I get it know  :D
    Woohoo, first tutorial finished, now I'll try other harder tutorial then  8)
    Thanks  :wilber:
     
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    nice tut. i think there is a tut really similar to this.
     
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    Honest to God, I searched every where I cold find with Gimp Tut's and I didn't find a damn thing. So I messed around and ended up figuring out how to do it and made a tut for others to use.
     
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    hmmm well i  mean like a button-like tut thats sort of modernish. ill find it later.
     
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    Till step 6 I follow it, but then I don't understand anything...
     
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    Fantasitc tut!  I searched high and low for a tutorial such as this when I first started using GIMP.  I can't wait to give the tut a try. Thanks so much for this wonderful contribution!   
     
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    Thanx for the replies and comments guys. I'm glad it was some use to more people than just me.
     

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