Sorry everyone. My childcare has some very sick kids of her own and I wasn't able to make other arrangements this last minute. That said, take today to catch up on some things (see below). I also have posted the blog assignment due for this week (see JHS Blog Assignments Page)
Some things to work on if you haven't finished them already (listed in order of priority):
- Low Poly Portrait Project (finish the portrait, manipulate the background, export and email to me)
- Blog Post Catch up
- Tutorials Catch up (look in powerschool to see which ones you are missing)
- New Blog Post (see JHS Blog Assignments Page)
You have three options to deal with your background on your Low Poly Portrait....Scroll through this post to see what some of your options are. If you have a different idea please let me know. Please note....keeping it the same is not an option in most cases (there may be some exceptions).
Prepping your final portrait
no matter what option you go with you will want to prep your portrait. Some of you may have gaps in your poly layer so if we completely remove your background those gaps will be very obvious.
1.) Duplicate your background layer (your original photo). Name that layer Original Middle. It should be your second layer in your layers window between your Low Poly Layer and your Background.
2.) Using your Lasso Tool Select around your entire portrait image.
3.) After you have completely selected your subject, go to SELECTION->INVERT. This will invert your selection so that only the background is selected.
4.) Next, go to EDIT-->CUT to delete your background. Your layers window should look like this.
5.) go to Select-->None to deselect everything
You will leave the "Middle Original" Layer as is (this will help to fill in any gaps in your low poly layer). Now you are ready for your different background options.
Option 1: Blur the Background
For those of you looking for a very subtle change, blurring your background might be the best option. To do this you need to be selected on your background layer and go to Filters-->Blur (note that there are a lot of different "blur" types so play around until you find what works best for you. Remember...if you do something you don't like, just go to Edit-->Undo (COMMAND/CONTROL-->Z).
I Chose to do the Gaussian Blur
You could also see what this looks like with a desaturated image (either fully black and white, or muted)--to see what this looks like go to Colors-->Hue and Saturation.
Option 2: Making the Background 1 Solid Color
A lot of these Low Poly Portraits look really great with a solid color background. This really allows your portrait to stand out. To do this, you will need to create a new layer above your Original Background Photo. Keep the Background Fill Color as Transparency.
Go to your foreground and select the color you would like for your fill. Using the paint bucket tool. Fill your new layer with the color you selected.
It might also be nice to play around with a gradient
**in this example I changed the original background photo to black and white (Color-->ue and Saturation). Next I applied a Gradient in my new layer with my gradient tool set at Foreground to Transparent and Radial.
Option 3: Manipulate the Original Photo (color or filter)
1.) while selected on your background layer, play around with color and/or filters.
Here are some examples....
Last but not least it is always important to Crop your final image so that it is the size and shape you would like it to be.
Tools-->Transform Tools-->Crop....Make the selection you want and hit your enter key.
Now you are ready to save your project as a JPEG or PNG (this will make it easier to share and print)
***DO NOT print today! we are waiting for New Toner.
File-->Export As.....be sure to give your file a name and save it to a location you will remember (you will have to email this image to me).
Double check to make sure that the file format/extension is set at (.png)
Click Export and Export again
Email your .png image to me as an attachment for submission.
You project this week is to create a Low Poly Portrait using GIMP. You can choose a person, or an animal to create a portrait of. Here are some examples of Low Poly Images.
You first step is to find an image you would like to use. Save it to your computer and open it in GIMP.
***Remember....you want your resolution to be at least 800X800 or close to that. If you are working with an image that has Low Resolution, this project will be difficult to do. It is also important that you find an image that is mostly "face"....or close enough to see the person/animal face clearly.
You will want to create a new layer (Layer-->New Layer). Name the new layer, "LOW POLY Layer" and set the background to "Transparency"
Decide which part of the photo you would like to start working with first and zoom in to get a more detailed view.
While on your Original Image Layer (the bottom layer) use the "Lasso Tool" to select a small geometric section of color.
Now use the "Color Picker Tool" (looks like and Eye Dropper) and click inside your selection to choose a foreground color.
Switch over to your "LOW POLY Layer" and Select the "Bucket Fill Tool" and click inside your selection to fill it in with one solid color.
Continue to repeat this step with your entire image (only worry about the persons face)
The zoom tool is your friend. This will make it easier for you to see color groupings.
**Do not worry about the BACKGROUND. Only the face of the person/animal you have chosen to work with.
In the previous tutorial you used a brush that was included in the GIMP Software. You can also create your own custom brush tools several different ways. This allows you to really personalize your work.
1.) Create a New Image (File-->New). The image should be the size of the brush you are creating, which is fairly small....64 X 64 pxl. Make sure your background is set to Transparent.
2.) Double click on the word "Background" to rename the layer--> "Layer 1"
3.) Use the Lasso Tool to create a new shape and fill it however you would like.
4.) I used the Gradient Tool to fill by shape, but you can use a solid color or a filter if you would like.
5.) Duplicate this Layer Twice (rename your new layers, "Layer 2" and "Layer 3")
6.) Hide Layer 3 and Layer 1 (click on the eye icon to the left of the layer) so that you can only see Layer 2. Change the fill of the shape on Layer 2...do not move the shape.
7.) Repeat this step for Layer 3.
8.) Make all of your layers visible now.
9.) Save a Copy of this brush in .xcf Format, in case you would like to edit it later.
10.) The last step is to save your brush as a GIMP picture brush....(.GIH)
Right Click or Control Click on our image.....File-->Export As
Give your file a name and type in the extension..... (.gih). Click Export
A new window should pop up that says....."Export Image as Brush Pipe"...enter the settings shown below and click "Export"
To see your brush go to the Brush Tool and look at the "Tool Options" and look at your Brush Types (your brush should appear in the upper left corner)
To test your brush, create a new image...size 600 x 600 pxl with a white background. Select your brush tool and try it out!
Play around with different sizes of your brush and other tool modes and options
- Aspect Ratio
**Save your Image and Print for a grade (make sure you at least do one Large Size Stamp of your brush so I can see it)
Your work should look somewhat like this and your Layers should be arranged as such.
1.) For SHAPE Layers 1-5 Change the Layer Mode to "Grain Merge" (keep layer 6 and 7 at Normal)
2.) Create a New Layer and name it "Clouds". Fill the layer with White.
3.) Go to Filter-->Render-->Clouds-->Difference Clouds. Set the Detail to 4 and click APPLY to apply the filter to your new layer.
4.) Change the "Cloud" Layer Mode to OVERLAY
5.) Create another New Layer on top of the rest and name it "Spectrum Gradient. Keep the Layer Fill Type set to "Transparency"
6.) Select the Gradient Tool
Under Tool Options...
-Gradietn-->FULL SATURATION SPECTRUM
7.) Click and Drag from the Lower Left corner to the Upper Right Corner to Apply the Gradient.
8.) Change the Layer Mode to Overlay
9.) Create another New Layer and name it Shadows and Lighting...this time fill your layer with Black.
10.) Go to Filter-->Lights and Shadows-->Lighting Effects
First, set the distance to .598 and make sure INTERACTIVE is selected
11.) Change the Layer Mode to Overlay
12.) Crop the Image however you would like Tools-->Transform Tools-->Crop
13.) Go to View-->Show Guides to hide the guides you have made.
14.) Save and Print!
Create a New File and set the dimensions for 1024X768 Pixels
Fill it with Black. Tools-->Paint Tools-->Bucket Fill
Create a New Layer and name it "Gradient"
Select the Gradient Tool
Settings for the Gradient are...
-Foreground to Transparent (FG-Transparent)
-Select a foreground color (any)
Click and Drag from left to right (not quite at the edges) to create a gradient on your "Gradient Layer"
Create another Layer and name it "SHAPE".
Select the "Brush" Tool and change the color to WHITE.
In the Paintbrush Tool Options change the Brush Shape to a Star and the Size to 400
Make a Star on the right side of your window (double check to make sure you are on your SHAPE layer)
Right Click (or Control Click) on your SHAPE Layer. Select "Add Layer Mask". Initialize to White (full opacity) and click ADD. You will notice a withe image layer appear next to your SHAPE Layer--That is your layer mask.
Select your Gradient Tool. Be sure that in your Tool Options it says that your gradient is Foreground to Transparent (FG to Transparent). Also be sure that your Foreground color is set to Black. Click and drag from right to left on your shape to create a gradient.
Apply the Gradient to the Layer Mask (Right Click or CONTROL Click on your layer and select "Apply Layer Mask"
Add a Guideline to help align your SHAPES (these will not be visible at the end)
Put your Pointer (mouse) over the top ruler on your window. Click and drag the Guide down until it is at the bottom of your shape.
Decrease the OPACITY of your SHAPE layer to make it more transparent.
Duplicate your SHAPE layer. Name it "SHAPE 2" to keep yourself organized.
1.) Right Click on your SHAPE layer and select "Duplicate Layer".
2.) Double click on the "SHAPE copy" text to rename it
3.) Reposition your SHAPE 2 next to your original SHAPE layer using your move tool (see below)
Repeat this step until you have 5 SHAPE layers (don't forget to name each of the layers)
Create a New Layer (Layer-->New Layer)
Name it SHAPE 6 with the layer fill type set as "Transparency"
With your Brush Tool, add another SHAPE and bring the Opacity down like you did the other layers.
Be sure your layers are in order in your "Layers" Window
Duplicate your SHAPE 6 layer to create a SHAPE 7 layer. Rename it, SHAPE 7, and move it slightly to the left.
1: Search for and save two images...(or you can save the images I have selected below):
A.) An image to use for the background
B.) An image to remove the background from
2: Open the image you are removing the background from in GIMP
3: Crop it to the smallest rectangle possible.
4: Select the "PATHS" Tool
5: ZOOM IN on the image (move up close to where you plan to start)
6: Start the "PATH". When creating a path like this, remember less is more. You only want to click to add a "node" where there is some kind of directional change. Continue to do this until you have gone completely around the area you wish to separate.
7: At the bottom of your "Toolbox" (left side of screen). Create a "Selection from Path" so that you can eventually invert your selection.
8: Go to "Select"-->"Invert" then hit Delete or go to "Edit"-->"Cut" to Remove your background.
9: "Select"-->"Invert" again. Next, go to "Edit"-->"Copy".
10: Now "File"-->"Open" your background image
11: Go to "Edit"-->"Paste" to paste your cut out image into your new background.
12: Using the "Move Tool" you can reposition your new layer
13: Using the "SCALE", "ROTATE" or other Transform Tools you can adjust your image however you like.
(Tools-->Transform-->Scale or Rotate)
14: When you are happy with your final image. Save and Print for credit.
Most of you are still working on the Floating Logo Tutorial in GIMP. Instructions for that are in the second drawer of the teacher desk. When you finish, make sure you print out a copy of your "floating logo" to submit for a grade. You can put your printouts in the second drawer as well (be sure to include your name).
When finished you may work on a blog post or sketchbook assignment due next week. We have taken a short break from blog posts because I have been gone so much but we are going to return to completing them on a weekly basis.
Blog Post #6: Post about an upcoming event related to your theme.....a game, a concert, a trip.
- your post must include a picture
- your post must have text explaining the event
- extra credit for things like surveys and links
Alternate Sketchbook Assignment (you can do this instead of the blog post if you prefer:
- Draw your hand...one of the most difficult things to draw in art is a human hand. Take some time to sketch your hand with all of the details you see. Be sure to include shading and value to create depth and contrast.
1st: Edits to Homecoming Profile Posters
Ms. Raether would like some edits to be made to some of your posters. I have copied and pasted the changes she would like on slips for each of you. If you have corrections to be made...please do so and share them with both myself and Ms. Raether.
**If you are looking for the printed out personal information on each student, I have copies in the 2nd drawer of my desk.
2nd: GIMP Tutorials
We are beginning to use a new software called GIMP.
1.) Follow this link
2.) Open GIMP on you computer (look in your applications)
3.) follow the instructions (you will need to use the photo below)