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30 Apr 2014   #1411
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

It looks good wizard. I would have made the border thicker but that's a personal preference.


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30 Apr 2014   #1412
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stephanie View Post
A little one for Thrash
Thank you Stephanie,
Looks Nice and Hot
I know you like hot stuff ..
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30 Apr 2014   #1413
Arc

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Kado - check it out...
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I think the border turned out OK thanks to you.
I had a feeling that you will not leave it without achieving the desired outcome! Well done.

Make the sig in double size. Save it in double size, too. Then resize the final output to the actual size. It will smoother the edges.
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30 Apr 2014   #1414
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Gimp has a poor resizer quality,
It also defaults to 72 ppi, "pixels per Inch"
Increase the ppi when you first start a document to 150.000 or even 250.000 on the Advanced options "+"
You can make it the default by going to Edit/ Preferences/ Default Image and change the default sizes and ppi which will show 72.000
These will resize much better but still use Chasys draw instead it has better quality down sizing
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30 Apr 2014   #1415
nommy the first

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional
 
 

Great work everyone!

Gandalf, something that might be useful for GIMP (also a snip from the GIMP tut I am making for ThrashZone):



Custom Made Sig and Avatar [15] 1. Custom Made Sig and Avatar [15]
Installing Layer Effects

Please do the following to enable "one screen mode";
  1. Start up GIMP by clicking on the and typing in "Gimp" in the search bar.
  2. Now in the menu list in GIMP, click on Window and then on Single-Window Mode.
    Custom Made Sig and Avatar [15]-001.-enable-single-window-mode.png

You can download the Layer Effects plugin here.
Of the three offered downloads, make sure to choose the top one.
Custom Made Sig and Avatar [15]-002.-layer-effects-download.png

After downloading the file, paste it in the following directiry and restart GIMP afterwards;
C:\Users\<<User Name>>\.gimp-2.8\scripts

This plugin is required so that you can add various effects such as drop shadows, inner glows and strokes.



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Setting up the default image

Now that we have installed GIMP and the required plugins, let's make sure that GIMP will have the correct image size and specifications set.
  1. First open GIMP.
  2. Now click on Edit and then on Preferences at the bottom of the menu.
  3. A new window will pop up. Click on Default Image, which is the seventh option.
  4. Change the Image Width to 1300 and the Image Height to 300.
  5. Now under Advanced Options, change Fill With to Transparency.
  6. In the Comment section you can put whatever you want, for instance that you have created it.
  7. After changing everything click on OK and restart GIMP.
  8. This is how everything should look after changing it;
    Custom Made Sig and Avatar [15]-003.-preferences-default-image.png


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Following option one will result in the Layer Styles addon, with which you can easily add strokes, bevels, shadows, glows and such, it's basically the GIMP variant of Photoshop's Layer Styles.

Option two is purely optional. 1300x300 is just the size that we make signatures at. This way we can put much more details in them. This will result in signatures with a higher quality. After creating a sig on that size you can resize them to the applicable 650x150 size

Do note that this is a snip from my upcoming GIMP tutorial and that you don't really need to follow it if you don't want. But if you do decide to follow it, I'd love to get some feedback (was it easy to follow, are some things unclear?).

Also Mike, an FYI; the tutorial will consist out of three parts. The first part, of which this is a snip, will consist out of installing GIMP and making it ready to use and installing all addons and such. The second part will be the actual tutorial, it will teach how to create a basic signature with banner and all. Nothing fancy, just a basic sig. The third part of the tutorial will teach how to export the gimp file, save it as a .png and how to resize it from 1300x300 to 650x150.
How does that sound to you? Also do note that I have a custom theme installed in my GIMP so that it looks different and that the tut will be made with Gimp 2.8.10 (originally 2.8.8, but I plan to reinstall Windows soon ergo update all software).


Cheers,
Nommy


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30 Apr 2014   #1416
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

A question Stefan. Why chose the scm file rather than the python script?
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30 Apr 2014   #1417
nommy the first

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional
 
 

To be honest, no idea
I simply chose the scm file because the file size is smaller and, to my knowledge, there is no difference between them other than that.

After rechecking the page, the Python version has this in the installation how-to:
Quote:
On other operating systems, you might have to do something else to make it executable.
I chose the scm version back when I created that part of the tut because I didn't quite trusted that bit, and hey, better safe than sorry


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30 Apr 2014   #1418
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I believe the python is too buggy ?
Script-fu is pretty stable and about all you really need,
I would how ever increase the ppi options to a higher amount of resolution,
It does make a huge difference resizing

P.S.
Look forward to it Stefan
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30 Apr 2014   #1419
nommy the first

Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit Professional
 
 

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I would how ever increase the ppi options to a higher amount of resolution,
It does make a huge difference resizing
Got it, will change the DPI to 300 rather than 72.

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Look forward to it Stefan
So am I I made that part a month or so ago, and seeing it posted here does make me want to finish the tut
The only problem I really have is that SF only allows so and so much attachments, so I really need to look out there.
I really can't give an estimate as for when the tut will be finished, internship + moving to a new house really takes up all my spare time, but I recon that I can have it finished for the biggest past somewhere mid June.


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30 Apr 2014   #1420
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good sig for PCHF Gandalf.

Stefan I also will look forward to your GIMP tut. As for images, I don't know if it will work here, at PCHF I wrote a tut with too many images, limit 10. I saved it with 10 then Edited it and I could then add some more.
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