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Long tut: Circle of Arrows thing

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  1. Maffe811

    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

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    ALL PICTURES CAN BE CLICKED FOR A BIGGER VIEW!!!

    End result:
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    I will be using alot of guides cause i think they are brilliant, i will also try to get you to learn the hotkeys i use.
    Some people prefer the menu, but I prefer to just click some buttons.

    Open gimp and make a new image, make it 1200x600.
    [​IMG]

    Okay, so I'm a fan of guides and will be using them quite alot to get everything right.
    To make a guide just drag on the rulers (The thin to the top and the left with all the numbers)
    The blue thing is a guide, things will snap to it, making it easier to get stuff where you want.
    [​IMG]

    Okay, we shall now put your new(or old) knowledge to use.
    Set a guide at 300 and one at 900 horizontally
    Then add one on at the very top on 0 and one at the bottom on 600 vertically.
    You will then have a 600x600 square in the middle.
    [​IMG]

    Now make a circle with the elipse select tool and select from the upper left to the bottom right in our square.
    Then go Select > Shrink.
    [​IMG]

    Shrink it by 40, this is to make room for the arrow heads.
    Make a new layer, rename this to CircleGuide
    Fill this selection with ANY color, as this will only work as a guide for everything.
    You fill it with either:
    A) Dragging the foreground/background color square onto your selection.
    B) Go Edit > Fill with FG/BG color
    C) CTRL + , or CTRL + .
    Now go Select > Shrink and shrink it by 40.
    Then press Delete on your keyboard or Edit > Clear
    Then go Select > None or CTRL + SHIFT + A
    If your image now looks like this, good job!
    If not, then try figuring out what you did wrong.
    If you did it wrong on purpose, good job!
    [​IMG]

    Now, time for more guides!
    For the sake of simplicity and efficiency, we will make one arrow and rotate it.
    But that means that it has to be almost perfect, so when the last arrow is rotated around it fits with the first and also all the others fit.
    So lets start by finding the horizontal center point, which is at 600 horizontaly.

    Now zoom in on the top of the circle and bring out the measure tool.
    Yes I use this alot. Wanna guess for what? Yes. Guides.
    Now you can see that mine shows 41 pixels.
    [​IMG]

    To make it easier for myself, I will take it one up from the bottom, to make it 40.
    Now to find the midpoitn I'm gonna do maths! 40 divided by 2 equals 20. Simple enough.
    So lets make a guide 20 pixels below the top edge.
    Que measure tool's secret weapon I once found by accident.
    Drag the measurer from the top until it sais 20.0 pixels, 90.00° in the bottom.
    It's important that it sais 90° cause that means your line is straight.
    NOW, DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!
    If you hold Control (CTRL) and click on the measuring point a new horizontal guide should appear.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Now lets find the point of the arrow.
    Put one end of the measuring tool in the middle of the intersection we just made, and drag it 20 pixels to the right.
    Now this time you will ALT click on the measuring point to make a vertical guide.
    Then to the same, but 20 pixels to the left.
    [​IMG]

    Now measuring to the top tells me that its 60 pixels to the top.
    [​IMG]

    Then I'm gonna make a guide 60 pixels below aswell.
    So far it should look like this
    [​IMG]

    Now use the free select (The lasso) tool to make the arrow head.
    Simply click in 3 of the points we have made with our guides.
    [​IMG]

    Make a new layer, fill it with ANY color.
    Rename it "ArrowHead".
    This we will change later when we have joined the arrowhead with the arrow-body.
    [​IMG]

    Now copy the CircleGuide layer and rename it "ArrowBody".
    Then move the CircleGuide layer bellow the Background layer.
    Take the Rectangle select tool and select from the left guide and far down and far right until you cover half of the circle.
    And hit delete, BUT (!!!) make sure you are on the ArrowBody layer!
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Tada, you now have half an arrow.
    But that's not what we want!
    So take your ArrowHead layer and duplicate it.
    Rename this layer "fafafa".
    Hide the ArrowBody layer to make the next step easier.
    [​IMG]

    Now to rotate it go to Layer > Transform > Rotate 90° Counter-clockwise.
    Then make sure you are on the fafafa layer and click it, just click on it, with the move tool.
    Nothing should have happened.
    But now you can move it with your arrowkeys!
    So tap up-arrow 10 times too move it 10 pixels.
    Now right click the fafafa layer and select Alpha to Selection
    [​IMG]

    Hide the fafafa layer and show the ArrowBody layer.
    Then make sure you are on the ArrowBody layer (click it) and hit delete on your keyboard, or Edit > Clear.
    And Select > None or CTRL + SHIFT + A
    You should have something like this.
    [​IMG]

    Find any selection tool and select around the bendy bit bellow the arrow and hit delete.
    Then right click the fafafa layer, and click delete layer.
    [​IMG]

    Next Duplicate both ArrowHead and ArrowBody and move the originals bellow the Background layer.
    You just made two backups incase something goes wrong
    [​IMG]

    Now merge "ArrowHead copy" with "ArrowBody copy" by right clicking "ArrowHead copy" and selecting merge down.
    [​IMG]
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    Rename the layer to "Arrow" and make a new layer.
    Rename this new layer to "SideGradient".
    [​IMG]

    Now create two guides at the highest and lowest point of the bendy bit, so exclude the arrowhead.
    [​IMG]

    Take your rectangle select tool and select a square between your two new guides like my selection.
    [​IMG]

    Make a new layer and name it SideGradiantGuide and fill it with a different color than your arrow.
    Then Select > None or CTRL + SHIFT + A
    After than move that layer below the Arrow layer.
    [​IMG]

    Now get your free select out and ROUGHLY (Screw accuracy for a sec) draw down the middle of the arrow.
    Aslong as you don't go outside the arrow you're safe.
    [​IMG]

    Time to zoom! Zoom in on the bottom of the bendy bit!
    Now CAREFULLY (Re-activate accuracy) click on two points so the line cuts exactly on the edge of the arrow, like this.
    [​IMG]

    Then complete the selection, make sure you get all the red.
    Then hit Delete. Or Edit > clear. One of two. Or both if you want.
    Then Select > None or CTRL + SHIFT + A
    [​IMG]

    Now hide the SideGradientGuide layer and click on the SideGradient layer.
    [​IMG]

    Find your blend tool and change the gradient to "FG to Transparent".
    Make sure the shape is linear and set the color to whatever color you are planning on using on the arrow.
    I'm going with blue.
    [​IMG]

    Now right click SideGradientGuide an select Alpha to selection.
    Then move the SideGradient layer below the Arrow layer.
    Make sure you are on the SideGradient layer and with your blend tool stroke from right towards left.
    If you are not happy with the result, press CTRL + Z to undo and then retry.
    Do this until you are happy!
    [​IMG]

    Move the SideGradient layer below the Background layer.
    [​IMG]

    Next lock the alpha channel on the Arrow layer.
    But how? Well above all the layers where it sais "lock" there is a pencil and a light-grey dark-grey grid thing.
    Click the light-grey dark-grey grid thing and you will lock the alpha channel.
    What this does is allow you to draw on only things that are allready there.
    You can not draw on the transparent bits.
    [​IMG]

    "Why is this good?" you ask me. And i lift my arms in the normal "I don't know" pose. I'm kidding, ofcourse i know.
    Well, if you now take your blend tool and set the gradient back to "FG to BG (RGB)" and set the shape to "Radial" and stroke.
    Tada. Only the Arrow changes color!
    Again try until you like it
    [​IMG]

    Time for dropshadow.
    Now you can do this many different ways, but im gonna do the easiest.
    Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow
    This is my settings.
    [​IMG]

    That was the shadow, text to path time!
    Start by holding shift and clicking the eye the eye next to the CircleGuide layer.
    It should now be the only one shown.
    Get the fuzzy select tool and click the empty center.
    If you do it right, you should have a selection along the inside like this
    [​IMG]

    First shift click the eye next to the CircleGuide layer again and EVERYTHING should come back on.
    Noe, we have a nice circle selection, but if we want text to curve along it we need a path.
    So Select > To path should do the trick
    [​IMG]

    Tada
    [​IMG]

    Let's make some text!
    First CTRL + SHIFT + A to unselect everything.
    So, write whatever you want. I'll write tutorial for the sake of the tutorial.
    If you have the same size as me yu can use 30 for the text size.
    Now right click the text layer and select text along path.
    [​IMG]

    Now open your paths dialog, right click the new path and select path to selection.
    [​IMG]

    Go back to layers and make a new one. Rename it into "Text".
    Then fill the floating selection with white. (Yes, white, just do it.)
    By holding shift and clicking the eye next to the text we can see that it's actually there!
    [​IMG]

    Holding shift and clicking brings it all back again.
    Now to remove the red outline go to your paths dialog and click the eye next to the path apearing.
    [​IMG]

    This removes the path. Then click CTRL + SHIFT + A to remove the current selection.
    Now move your layer containging the original text below background for safe keeping.
    ITS ROTATING TIME! Yes rotating!
    Make sure you are on the text layer(not the actual layer, but the one named text) and get your rotating tool.
    I rotated mine by -75.
    [​IMG]

    Now most of you are sitting there thinking "what the hell is this guy doing, it's not on the arrow!"
    And yes, its now i notice that i messed up.
    I selected the inner circle of the CircleGuide.
    What i should had done was taken a line in the direct middle of the ring, which i show you how to farther down..
    (JUST LOOK FOR SOME RED TEXT FARTHER DOWN vvvv!!!!)
    So remember that if you want perfect results.
    But for the sake of me having already spent 2 hours and 10 minutes on this tutorial, i will just move it back in position.
    So move the Text layer above the Arrow layer and then use the move tool to get it where you want.


    Now the outline. Copy the text layer and rename it to "TextOutline" and move it bellow the Text layer.
    Then right click the text layer and alpha to selection.
    [​IMG]

    Then Select > Grow, use 1 pixel.
    [​IMG]

    Now fill the TextOutline layer with black and then CTRL + SHIFT + A
    [​IMG]

    Last but not least, gloss time.
    First make a new layer, rename it "Gloss".
    Make a second layer, rename it "GlossGuide". Put this below the Background layer.
    Now hold shift and click the eye next to "CircleGuide".
    [​IMG]

    (THIS IS WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO DO UP THERE ^^^^!!!!)
    Get the fuzzy select tool, HOLD SHIFT while clicking on the center and then the ring.
    You should now have a full selection, now shrink this by HALF of what we shrunk it with earlier.
    So since we used 40 last time, we use 20 now.
    Select > Shrink and use 20.
    Now we have a nice selection. (Which i shoulda used as a path for my text to get it perfect.)
    [​IMG]

    First hold shift while clicking the GlossGuide layer's eye.
    Then fill it in with ANY color and finally hold shift while clicking it again to show everything.
    CTRL + SHIFT + A to deselect all.
    [​IMG]

    Now we have the three things we need.
    A gloss layer, the arrow layer, and a cut-off line on the middle of the arrow.
    First take your blend tool and set the gradient to "FG to Transparent".
    Set the shape to Radial, if you changed it, and sse white as your color.
    Then stroke anywhere, but make sure you are on the gloss layer.
    [​IMG]

    Now right click the arrow layer and click alpha to selection.
    Then either CTRL + I or Select > Invert.
    And everything BUT the arrow should be selected and hitting delete should clear it up nicely.
    [​IMG]

    Then the cut-off line.
    GlossGuide layer, right click it, alpha to selection, you know the drill.
    Then go Select > Feather, and feather the selection by 5 px
    Feathering smooths out the transition, for gloss i would recomend doing this, but the selection was way to pixely to just leave it as it was.
    Now hit delete.
    [​IMG]

    If you play with the opacity you can get a good result.
    [​IMG]

    And thats the end of that tutorial.
    BONUS!
    Now to make the next arrow you would copy the Arrow layer and the Gloss layer.
    Redo the text layer, dropshadow (which is just a script) and the side gradiant.
    This is an example where i just rotated everything, redid the dropshadow with -1 instead of 1 so it gets on the inside, and colorized everything red.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    I started 10.30pm and its now past 3.30am.
    By the time this is on gimper, ive probably used over 3 hours.
    I hope you actually learned something!
    Somethings aren't so nice as they could be, mainly cause i have a special trick to fix messed up edges and make them look smooth without blurry.
    I excluded this even though i wanted to use it.

    Please tell me if there is an error with the tut or if there is something you don't understand.
    Link to my IMGUR album:http://imgur.com/a/mK4DD
    All pictures shoulb be there if there is an error here.
    Please don't point out the s**t load of gramatical errors.
    I know i've written a few "im" and "its" where i shoulda been proper.
    IT'S 3.30AM FFS!!!!
     
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    This is just beautiful. Very well done, Maffe. Thanks for the contribution :)
     
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    Uuuuugh... dude, this is good Oo
    And long... and good...
    Good job...
     
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    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

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    Thank you, sir.
    Happy to do it!

    Thank you, sir.
     
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    Nice one maffe
     
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    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

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    Thank you! :D
     
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    gotta be honest, I didn't read the whole thing. Little tip, add an image of what the final will look like at the beginning :)
     
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    ~up
     
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    Nice logo:)
     
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    WoW that's so ... technical , I'll try it later, very later .
    But I like the way of your tut, really ,good explanations that all can understand with good pictures too, and all is step by step, good job . bookmarked .
     
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    Thank you, and good luck whenever you decide to try.
     

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