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    How to make a Nice,Easy Forum Signature Using GIMP

    To start out, your probably wondering what the heck is G.I.M.P? GIMP is a GNU Image Manipulation Program, which in easier terms is Photoshop. GIMP is free, so it's a great fix towards paying for Photoshop which cost is outrageous. You can download it here. GIMP works for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and later and also comes in many different languages.

    Step 1. Well you've installed GIMP and your wondering where to start? Click on the File->New tabs and set up a new image with the following dimensions,Height: 150 and Width: 600. These are biggest dimensions allowed for TPG forums. Something I recommend is, instantly save at the start so you can save quickly and you can always come back to it when you need too.


    Step 2. You have your blank white image, and it's time you find some images to place in the sig. My favorite site to use is Planet Renders. You do need an account but it is well worth the annoying registration. I decided to just search "Sniper", and after going through a couple pages of cut-outs of snipers from different games I decided to use this one:Sniper. I copy and pasted the image into GIMP and scaled it with the scale tool (Shift+ T) and moved it into a good position. Now your wondering, well its just a black background and I don't want that! Well, by using the Fuzzy Select Tool you can select parts of the image and by using the background eraser, you can take away parts of the image. A reason I chose the image is because 1.It looks nice. 2. I was able to cut out the background very easy. Some images you have make a path around the part you want cut out which takes time and effort.


    Step 3. You have your image in and now its time to put in your own background. I decided to search in Google images "Gun backgrounds". And came up with this: Background . You copy and paste it in the image and adjust the layers so it's behind the sniper image and well it doesn't come up. Well, this is what you have to do.1.Select the sniper using the Fuzzy select Tool 2.Left click on the sniper layer and select "Add Alpha Layer". What this does it lets you use background eraser tool to make things transparent. So go through it selecting each part of the layer and remove the background of the image, soon your new gun background should show up.


    Step 4. You have your sniper and your gun background, and the only thing missing is well your name! So click the Text Tool, and create a text box in the image. Add in your text and move the box where you need it. To adjust the color,font, and size, go to Window->Dockable Dialogs-> Tool Options. That should bring up the menu to adjust everything. Also a great site for free fonts is dafont.com. After that you can adjust opacity and other things that get complicated but overall you have just completed your first own signature!
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    Conclusion: Before you start using GIMP, theres a few things you have to understand. GIMP is free and compared to Photoshop in user friendlessness and options, Photoshop sweeps the competition. That being said if your looking into some serious editing, I would highly recommend buying a version of Photoshop. I personally own Photoshop CS5 and absolutely love it. Well thanks for reading and good luck!
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    Savage.. not too shabby! After your final, image, tho, if you'd just toss a closing paragraph.. only needs to be one to 2 sentences.. just a finisher.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkerxes View Post
    Savage.. not too shabby! After your final, image, tho, if you'd just toss a closing paragraph.. only needs to be one to 2 sentences.. just a finisher.
    Roger!


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    Last edited by Savage; 03-19-11 at 12:44 PM.
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    Hows that?


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    buenisimo! I will give it a true going-through later this evening.


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    very nice and helpfull

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkerxes View Post
    buenisimo! I will give it a true going-through later this evening.
    I hope that means good hahaha


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    Quote Originally Posted by gatita_andy View Post
    very nice and helpfull
    Thanks!


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    Update?


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    poobleeshed.


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