Thursday is the new Tuesday!

I need to chop up the production of the show into different parts, because rendering the video in the different stages takes a lot more time for the HD show. No problem, the computer can do that alone. But the gaps are now so large that I can’t fit the production into one day.

The problems with the video decoding are caused by the use of the “AVC1” codec. This thing is quite modern and powerful, but needs a lot of machine resources and current software for playing it.

I can’t help you if your machine is too slow to play the video – you’ll have to switch to the mobile version and have basically the same quality as before except for a worse zoom factor. If there is demand for an intermediate format we can do that also – just write a comment with a proposition.

Mac/Quicktime users find an update here: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23875/avc1decoder, for Windows this was recommended: http://download.cnet.com/The-KMPlayer/3000-13632_4-10659939.html

As I don’t use Windows or Mac I can’t t tell you what happens if you install the software. πŸ˜‰ And if you have additional tips, links and comments, click on the heading of this posting and you’ll see a comment area below.

Episode 112: Two Candles

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It’s just a bit after Midnight here in Germany – and so at least for nearly half the world still Friday, July 24th. And that is the second birthday of Meet the GIMP.

I cover two questions for this is the first HD show – and it took ages to render. I will have to adjust my workflow. πŸ˜‰ I start with a problem of Ivo, the producer of Autozine – an online car magazine made with GIMP. He wants to change reality a bit and move letters around in an image.His images are in the companion file.

Then I tackle selective sharpening again after I got a question about how to further control the sharpened area. In episode 6 I constrained the sharpening to the edges in the image – here I reduce it to parts of the image.

In case that you wonder why there is no sharpening while I paint the antenna – have a look at the “eyes” in the layers dialog box….. πŸ˜‰

This post will be updated tomorrow – then there will be also a mobile version and the companion file. Good night!

Mobile version of the vido is in the making is ready – I hope it will play everywhere.

There are comments about problems with iTunes and this episode. Is there anybody who can play this in iTunes?

The Mobile Version is a quick and dirty build with Handbrake. Does it play? Where? Where not? And why is it so large? πŸ˜‰ Update: newer version in a bit larger and different encoding. Please check!

2 Years!

Two years ago I published the first episode. Quite a lot has happened in the time – and I want to say a big thank you to all, that have helped this project to grow to the current size.

I wanted to celebrate this day with the first HD episode. But I ran into problems with the rendering and editing – it will have to wait a bit.

Episode 111: All Ducks in a Row!

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The align tool is not very visible in the toolbox, but can be very handy for arranging text or several layers. I use it for example to tile map snippets that I have copied from the web.

Before you despair while using this tool, think about where you align to. What is you anchor and how do you want to place your snippets. Then you’ll find a sequence of steps to get to your result. This needs a bit thinking but beats moving with the move tool any time.

If you watch these videos with a mobile device you should consider to switch the feed to the new MOBILE feed. And I still need help with iTunes! Apple locks Linux users out of the system – and I will not install Windows here.

If you are a photographer, you have to go over to WTF WTD – What the Duck! A daily comic about photography. It’s a must.

The TOC

00:19 Welcome
00:25 The new mobile feed
03:17 The Align tool
03:49 Create some layers to try the tool on
06:00 Moving layers using the move tool
06:40 Centering a layer using the align tool
08:00 Aligning layers to each other
08:50 Distributing layers
09:30 Selecting layers using the rubber-band select
11:00 Summary
13:19 Reminder about the mobile feed
14:46 The End

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Episode 110: Some new Paths (2)

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Made by Seth/W_NightshadeToday I go into the details of the path tool. It has a real lot of different modes and states – so one gets easily confused. I try to sort that out – but you’ll have to train yourself to master this.

Seth aka W_Nightshade has made a video about making ambigrams with paths. You see the one he did here on the side. I couldn’t make a show out of his video – but you’ll get a fast version of it with music in the video and if you are interested can download the whole package in the companion file. The music is from John Pazdan, the composer of the podcast music.

I start with a book review. Akkana Peck‘s book “Beginning GIMP – from Novice to Professional” is gone into a second edition. And now it’s even better than before. If you are looking for a book about GIMP – this would be my first choice. Apress has given me the second edition book – I bought the first one before starting with this project.

And I have two of the books to give away. To you. We’ll make two challenges, one from Philippe, one from me. And Apress will send a book to each of the winners.

The Wacom button problem is discussed in this forum thread. Look in the later pages for the script – it’s there in several incarnations.

The TOC

01:00 Switch to HD
02:30 Ubuntu script for Wacom Tablets
03:45 Book review: Akkana Peck:
10:30 Path tool: Design mode
11:00 Adding nodes and moving them
12:30 Close a path
12:50 Add a second component to the path
13:45 Expanding a path
14:30 Selecting nodes and moving them together
15:00 Delete a node
15:30 Move a component
15:50 Tweak a segment
16:15 Move a segment
17:40 Interlude: Ambigrams by Seth (Video) and John Pazdan (Music: Solistice)
21:45 Edit mode with paths
22:15 Adding nodes
22:30 Pulling out handles
23:30 Removing handles and segemnts
24:40 Joining components of the path
25:10 Straightening out the curve at the node
26:30 Read the documentation at docs.gimp.org
27:50 What does Akkane Peck write about the path tool?
29:40 iTunes help needed

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Episode 109: Make Money with GIMP! (1)

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BackgroundYou challenged Philippe to make a bill of a currency from scratch. It is a lot more complicated than it looks at the first glance – of course – otherwise I would print some Euro notes at the beginning of the week instead of going into the school for earning my pay. πŸ˜‰

Bills have a complicated background for discouraging counterfeiters. Philippe analyses the background of a 10 SFR bill from his home country and then combines two images from an analysis of Linux filesystems to the intricate pattern on the right.

TheΒ  foreground of the note will be finished in his next show.

The TOC

00:20 Philippe looks at a 10 SFR bill and tells a bit about his home country
04:00 Looking for a motive for the bill – Visual expedition into the Linux file system
06:50 Draging an image from the Web into GIMP
07:00 Two ways of cropping a layer
09:30 Scale the layer to the final size
10:15 Flipping the layer (mirror it)
11:20 Duplicating the layer
12:20 More volume with “self bumping” (bump map explained)
17:00 Texture with Gimppressionist?
18:00 another texture from the web
19:20 Scaling to adjust to the rest of the image – get out the calculator
22:00 Duplicate and adjust
25:20 Reduce to image size
26:00 Making paper structure with Gimpressionist
27:15 Clipping out the dots out of the texture
28:30 Bumping the dots
30:30 A place fot the water mark
32:20 Filling the layer mask with a gradient (blend tool)
35:00 Room for text (bilinear blend)
37:00 Good bye

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Episode 108: A lot of Paths

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The path tool icon - scaled up and sharpened insanelyPaths are a powerful tool in GIMP – and not so easy to understand. So I’ll make a two part series out of them.

Paths are Bezier curves and are controlled by anchor points and handles.With enough time and determination you can give them any form you want. A path can be generated with the path tool, from a selection and from a text in GIMP. And it can be stored and even exported as a SVG file.

So they do fit more into a vector based program like Inkscape. If you use them for drawing something, ask yourself if you are using the right tool.

Gimp has a good documentation about path basics , the paths tool, the dialog and the paths menu.

The last part of the video is edited in a hurry – you’ll notice some blunders.

The TOC

01:10 Path concept
03:05 Adding the Path dialog in GIMP
04:20 Adding a path with the Path tool
05:50 The Paths dialog
06:40 Turn a path into a selection
07:20 Stroke the path
07:50 Path context menue
08:40 Turn a selection into a path
09:40 Turn a text into a path and back
11:50 Put a text on a path
14:30 Don’t use GIMP for vector graphics
15:00 Wrapping up

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