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Scroll Saw Portraits Using Gimp - Bonus Videos

gimp tutorial class pattern making video

We’ve been progressing through this class fairly well. Once we get to the base pattern, much of the rest is personal interpretation. We’re basically just cleaning up the base pattern and making decisions about what remains and what needs to be removed. This can be intimidating, especially if you are new to the process. So, I put together a 3 part video series as I work the portrait from the base pattern to the finished pattern. Sometimes watching someone else work makes it easier and you can pick up a lot of additional tips. I’ve posted these bonus videos below. You can also download my project file by clicking here. The file is a zipped file of about 5.2 megs. Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy the show! :popcorn:



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Thank you so much for your hard work in putting these videos together, it is very much appreciated... I have learned a lot in your classes on pattern making.. Thank you again...
Hi Travis:

Great stuff! Thanks for all the time and effort involved in creating this series of instructions. I look forward to applying the lessons learned on future projects.
Great three part video on what you do to make a pattern Travis. I'm about to start on a pattern this evening of my stepdaughter and her fiance and will be trying it with Gimp following your tutorial. Hopefully the picture I want to use is well suited for pattern making. I'll post the results when I have it finished.

Thanks again for all the hard work on this tutorial series and the video of you creating the same pattern.

Awesome m8 thx :)
Thanks ever so much for the tutorials. They're great, especially for a newcomer to scrollsawing like myself. I have chosen a photo of my two young children. I am having trouble deciding how to deal with their laugh i.e. they are showing tongue/teeth. Do you have any tips other than choosing a different photo!

Also, does photoshop have any significant advantages over GIMP?

Many Thanks
I'm glad you're enjoying the tutorials. We'll be starting a new one next week learning to use Inkscape.

For laughs, I usually like to outline the bottom of the teeth without any detail and filling in the mouth area with black if appropriate. I try not to give too much detail for inside the mouth, but rather hint toward what you're seeing. Here's several examples of teeth from various desingers. This should give you a feel for how to approach it.

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As far as Photoshop, it is a much nicer program with much more flexibility. Unfortunately, it has a pretty steep learning curve and is terribly expensive. Unless you're doing graphic art or photography work in a professional setting, I wouldn't bother with it. I feel GIMP fulfills all the needs I have as a pattern designer. However, if you decide to buy a professional graphics suite, check out the Village Store under the Software category. We've listed a number of professional graphic suites, Photoshop being among them.
Thanks Travis. That's really helpful. I think I'm getting the hang of it. I'll look forward to Inkscape.

On a different note I tried to upload a photoin bragging rights (I haven't tried before) but it said the file was too big. I tried a zip file instead but it said that was not allowed. ??

I'm glad that helped. The inkscape class should be fun.

Zip files are not allowed at this time. I probably won't allow zip filetypes. They can harbor all kinds of nasty things, plus its a lot of extra work for those who want to take a look at what you have. You can shrink down your picture in GIMP by going to Image>Scale Image. That will make your file size smaller. Be sure to save it as a JPG at 80 quality. That should get you where you need to be so you can upload it. I hope this helps. Let me know if you run into any problems.

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