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    Gimp paintbrush look - definitely not a designer :P

    Mkay, I'm not a designer (hense free gimp ). I'm creative, but terrible with images and colours.
    That said, I'm looking for a way to create a 'paint brush stroke' effect. As in, I'm writing words in japanese calligraphy, and would like it to have the paint brushed look to it (I really hope this makes sense lol). Sadly, the built in calligraphy brushes are really not suited for this type of calligraphy.
    Since I am dealing with text, a preferred solution would be to convert the text itself. I have a feeling I'll be outta luck on that one, but it would be nice - I don't think a glyph set exists for what I'm looking at; I'll write manually if necessary on a tablet.
    A simple tutorial (one with pictures would be nice ) would really help me out. Oh, if there's a way to make it look like wet paint as well, all the better!
    Plz help the image mak'r n00B :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fou-Lu View Post
    Mkay, I'm not a designer (hense free gimp ). I'm creative, but terrible with images and colours.
    That said, I'm looking for a way to create a 'paint brush stroke' effect. As in, I'm writing words in japanese calligraphy, and would like it to have the paint brushed look to it (I really hope this makes sense lol). Sadly, the built in calligraphy brushes are really not suited for this type of calligraphy.
    Since I am dealing with text, a preferred solution would be to convert the text itself. I have a feeling I'll be outta luck on that one, but it would be nice - I don't think a glyph set exists for what I'm looking at; I'll write manually if necessary on a tablet.
    A simple tutorial (one with pictures would be nice ) would really help me out. Oh, if there's a way to make it look like wet paint as well, all the better!
    Plz help the image mak'r n00B :P
    Hey fou lou,

    You could acheive this effect a lot of ways, but using layer masks with text will probably be the most effective and best looking. If I were you I would download these:http://www.bittbox.com/freebies/free...oshop-brushes/ and install them in GIMP (gimp can install photoshop brushes).

    Have a look at this tutorial http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/designi...-in-photoshop/, its for photoshop but the techniques are the same. Basically you want to use some brushes that have the effect you are looking for and then mask them so they only come through on the text layer, giving you a brushed text look.

    Sort of a hard thing to explain in type, but I hope that helps.

    Drew

    EDIT-Been awhile since I have used gimp so you will probably have to play around with converting the text to a path and setting a layer mask to have the brushes show through the paths.

    DOUBLE EDIT-Also, you could make a selection out of the text and stroke the selection with a brush of your choice and then edit the colors via colorize function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fou-Lu View Post
    Mkay, I'm not a designer (hense free gimp ). I'm creative, but terrible with images and colours.
    That said, I'm looking for a way to create a 'paint brush stroke' effect. As in, I'm writing words in japanese calligraphy, and would like it to have the paint brushed look to it (I really hope this makes sense lol). Sadly, the built in calligraphy brushes are really not suited for this type of calligraphy.
    Since I am dealing with text, a preferred solution would be to convert the text itself. I have a feeling I'll be outta luck on that one, but it would be nice - I don't think a glyph set exists for what I'm looking at; I'll write manually if necessary on a tablet.
    A simple tutorial (one with pictures would be nice ) would really help me out. Oh, if there's a way to make it look like wet paint as well, all the better!
    Plz help the image mak'r n00B :P
    this is a job for script-fu,

    script-fu
    cap.12 - scripting and ... script-fu,

    don't kill me is scheme not lisp,

    best regards

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    omg that is lisp-ish though, but looks easier :P
    That looks like it will be a good tutorial to actually make the script fu, but right now I'm not certain what I actually need to make it do >.<
    Any ideas for how to actually make the look?
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    I have to disagree this is a job for script-fu, scripts are great for backend development, not design. Plus, you dont learn anything and the effect rarely looks as good.

    Have you tried any of the techniques I mentioned above? Have you tried using layer masks? What about stroking the selection with a downloadable brush that will give you the look you want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fou-Lu View Post
    omg that is lisp-ish though, but looks easier :P
    That looks like it will be a good tutorial to actually make the script fu, but right now I'm not certain what I actually need to make it do >.<
    Any ideas for how to actually make the look?
    Usualy this is a "mark as readed" forum and sometimes "report spam". I'm terrible with graphics so I solved, I make team with an artist,
    My answer was based on the assumption that FWDrew said "how" to solve the problem and my intention was to help you only to automate the task and find a way to convert the text.
    I try to find some documentation on the net. After I read this:

    http://www.connectedglobe.com/ohmori/intro1.html

    I understand that are many elements hard to reproduce, see the list from "What distinguishes good calligraphy from bad?".

    One of the way is based on brushes, FWDraw already post some links, I find and think that are usefull another few links:

    http://www.chezplumeau.com/php/brush.php/EN/85
    http://www.chezplumeau.com/php/brush.php/EN/227
    http://www.brusheezy.com/brush/795-Handwriting-Brush

    phrase search: japanese calligraphy brush

    I didn't explore yet two other ways I have in mind, inkscape and metapost.

    Edit: I make some correction to make the post readable.

    best regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDrew View Post
    I have to disagree this is a job for script-fu, scripts are great for backend development, not design. Plus, you dont learn anything and the effect rarely looks as good.

    Have you tried any of the techniques I mentioned above? Have you tried using layer masks? What about stroking the selection with a downloadable brush that will give you the look you want?

    Regards,

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    I agree with you, My intention was to help to automate the task not to substitute the design part,
    I have impression that you missunderstand something, I don't talk about "using script-fu" menu, I talk about writing scripts, ( in fact to use what is strong to solve what is weak in persons like as, me and Fou-Lu, ).

    best regards

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    Sorry Oesxyl, I think I just misunderstood what you were saying Scrip-fu is great and can be used to automate a lot of cool design parts. I see you mean writing the script, which you would certainly learn a lot doing. Apologies for the misunderstanding

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    Edit-Thanks for those brushes links, hadnt seen some of those before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDrew View Post
    Sorry Oesxyl, I think I just misunderstood what you were saying Scrip-fu is great and can be used to automate a lot of cool design parts. I see you mean writing the script, which you would certainly learn a lot doing. Apologies for the misunderstanding
    no problem, I'm glad we make this clear,

    Edit-Thanks for those brushes links, hadnt seen some of those before.
    you are welcome, , thank you for psd tutorials,

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    Lay...ers? Strok...ing? Lol, I'm totally not an image guy >.<
    The only problem with script-fu (since its nothing more than gibberish to me atm), is that I figure I'll need to figure out what I need to accomplish (such as layering, and shadowing etc) before I can do that from script automation, y'know what I mean?
    Those brushes look great, I'll be trying out the second one. Now, those I noticed are for paintshop (or photoshop, can't quite recall lol), do you know offhand if it will work in Gimp?
    Thanks for the help so far guys, at least you know what I'm looking for, which rocks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fou-Lu View Post
    Lay...ers? Strok...ing? Lol, I'm totally not an image guy >.<
    The only problem with script-fu (since its nothing more than gibberish to me atm), is that I figure I'll need to figure out what I need to accomplish (such as layering, and shadowing etc) before I can do that from script automation, y'know what I mean?
    yes, FWDraw post help with this part, the psd tutorial,

    I was looking to inkscape, this seems a good tutorial:

    http://www.inkscape.org/doc/calligra...lligraphy.html

    Those brushes look great, I'll be trying out the second one. Now, those I noticed are for paintshop (or photoshop, can't quite recall lol), do you know offhand if it will work in Gimp?
    Thanks for the help so far guys, at least you know what I'm looking for, which rocks!
    I never try to import brushes from psd in gimp but FWDraw said that works and he know better then me this things,

    best regards

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    I never try to import brushes from psd in gimp but FWDraw said that works and he know better then me this things
    Yup GIMP can handle most photoshop brushes as well as some other formats. What I always did when I used GIMP was just drag them into my brushes folder (On a Mac, so it was located in Application Support, need to restart GIMP after) and they should appear under your brushes when reloaded. Just be aware that a lot of brushes can take a looong time to load in GIMP In addition, there are GIMP specific brushes which I believe end in .gbr

    http://gimptalk.com is a great place to get more help and resources with the GIMP.

    As oesxyl mentioned, inkscape might be a good alternative (or illustrator if you have it), as it is vector based and does a nice job on text and logos and the like.

    Edit-BTW, am I FWDraw because we are talking about graphics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDrew View Post
    Edit-BTW, am I FWDraw because we are talking about graphics?
    Apologies for misspelling,

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    Quote Originally Posted by oesxyl View Post
    Apologies for misspelling,

    bet regards
    No worries at all, it actually gave me a really good laugh as I thought it was a nice touch on the topic

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    Bah, all of those brushes are just stamps. Thats ok though, one of them I found an article to actually edit the brushes (yes, I couldn't do that before :P). Methinks I'll be able to make meself a brush once I figure it out.
    I did this with PSP6 or 7 way back in the day when I had it. I wonder if I still have that on my notebook somewhere...
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