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Friday, February 10, 2012
This tutorial is of my own creation and any resemblance to any other tuts is purely coincidental. This tutorial is for personal use only, using it for monetary gain is against our TOU's.
Supplies:
Gimp Tube of choice. I am using the art of Victoria Fox. You must have a licenseto use these tubes. The tube I am using is coming soon to PTE HERE. Texture from crazykira HERE Brush set from Axeraider70 HERE. Get the gimp version of the brushes HERE
Fonts- Quinfo Bold & 1 Snappy DNA
-File>New 600x250 px.
-Change your foreground to to white. Change your background to eb2b42. Select your gradient tool. I'm using FG to BG (RGB) and bi-linear. Press ctrl on your keyboard and click the middle of your canvas. Drag to the left. Rename this layer gradient.
-Open tube close up. Filters>BlurDuplicate Layer. Select the flip tool and click canvas. Layer>Merge Down. Change the mode to hard light. Rename this layer tube blur. -Open texture 01m-03. Move under the tube blur layer in the layer box. Change the mode to soft light. Filters>Enhance>Unsharp Mask. Rename this layer texture.
-Open tube again. Duplicate 9 times for a total of 10. Arrange the tubes across the canvas.
-Merge the 10 tube layers together. Move the merged tube layer under the texture layer. Change the mode to soft light. Rename layer tube merged.
-Open tube 1 more time. Make the top layer. Layer>Scale Layer 75%. Place tube to the far left of canvas. Filters>Light & Shadow>drop Shadow 2, 2, 2, black, 50. Duplicate. Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur on default. Change the mode to soft light. Lower opacity to 60. Merge the blured tube, tube and drop shadow together. Rename layer main tube. -Layer>New Layer. Move this layer under the texture layer. Select the paintbrush tool. Change your foreground to black. Select the galactic 8 brush. Randomly click the canvas. Lower the opacity to 50. Reneame layer brush. -New layer. Move this layer below main tube. Select the rectangle tool. Make a thin selection at the bottom of your canvas.
-Change foreground to eb2b42. Select the bucket fill tool and fill selection. Filters>Noise>RGB Noise on default. Add new layer. Change foreground to black. Fill selection. Select>Shrink 3. Press delete on your keyboard. select>None. Repeat drop shadow. Merge down. Rename this layer rect.
-Select the text tool. Set size to 20. Foreground to black. Using the Quinfo Bold font, typer your name 3 times (or how many ever times it takes to fit in the rect). Move this layer under the main tube. Place your name on top of the rect. Lower opacity to 60. Rename layer name repeat.
-Add your name again with the 1 Snappy DNA font. Make this the top layer. Rename this layer name.
-Now lets add our border. Add new layer. Make this the top layer. change foreground to f30622. Change the background to white. Layer>Transparency>Alpha To Selection Add gradient. Shrink by 5. Delete. Add new layer. Bucket fill with black. Shrink by 1 and delete. Add new layer. change foreground to white and background to f30622. Add gradient. Shrink by 3. Delete. Repeat noise. Add new layer. Bucket fill with black. Shrink by 1 and delete. Select none. Merge these 4 border layers together. Rename layer border.
-Add your copyright.
-Save here as XCF image. We will need to reopen it later for the avatar.
-Merge these layers together: tube blur, texture, brush, tube merged & gradient. Raname this layer bottom. -Merge these layers together: copyright, border, name, main tube, name repeat & rect. Rename this layer top. -Now you should have 2 layers. -Add new layer. Move this layer below the top layer. Rename this layer 1. Filters>Light & Shadow>Gradient Flare.

-Add new layer. Rename 2. Filters>Reshow Gradient Flare. Change the radius to 100.0. Click ok.

-Add new layer. rename this layer 3. Reshow gradient flare. Changeradius to 120.0. Click ok.

-You should now have 5 layers. -Make the bottom layer active. Duplicate this layer 2 times for a total of 3. Make top layer active and duplicate 2 times for a total of 3. -Next we need to rearrange our layers to get ready to animate. Arrange your layers like I did in the picture below.

-Now we need to merge some layers. Merge top copy #1, 1 & bottom copy #1 together.

-Merge top copy, 2 & bottom copy together.

-Merge top, 3 and bottom together. Now you should only have 3 layers.

-Go to Filters>Animation>Playback to see your animation in action.

-If you are happy with it, it is time to save. Filters>Save As

AVATAR:

-Open the XCF image we saved earlier. Make all of the layers above the tube blur layer invisible by clicking the eye next to each layer. edit>Copy Visible.

-File>New 150x150 px.

-Edit>Paste As>New Layer. Name this layer bottom.

-Add your name. Name this layer name.

-Add border. Merge border layers together and name layer border.

-Add copyright. Name this layer copyright.

-Merge all layers (except bottom layer) together. You should have 2 layers.

-Add new layer. Move this layer below the tube layer. Name this layer 1. Gradient flare- change radius to 20.0.

-Add new layer. Name this layer 2. Gradient flare- change radius to 40.0.

-Add new layer. Name this layer 3. Gradient flare. Change radius to 60.0.

-Duplicate bottom layer 2 times. Duplicate top layer 2 times. Arrange the layers like the picture below.

-Merge tube copy #1, 3 & bottom copy #1.

-Merge tube copy, 2 & bottom copy.

-Merge tube, 1 & bottom. Now you should have 3 layers left.

-Go to playback to see your animation.

-If you are happy, as the same way we did for the banner.
You're finished!

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