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My first GIMP video tutorial - lighting and bump mapping

Filed under: Tutorials and HOWTOs by Hari
Posted on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 09:57 IST (last updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 @ 15:19 IST)

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I thought it would be cool to create a video tutorial showing how easy it is to use GIMP to create 3d objects using lighting and bump-mapping effects, combined with the 2d blending mode. More than words, this video shows how simple GIMP really is. Writing a full fledged tutorial would have complicated the whole process. I created the following video using XVidCap.

(Yes, YouTube does blur the video even though I tried to keep the captured region as small as possible)

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15 comment(s)

  1. that was a nice presentation

    Comment by Logesh TamilSelvan (visitor) on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 @ 15:42 IST #
  2. Thanks, Logesh.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 @ 17:06 IST #
  3. That's it. I'm putting Linux on my thumb drive (maybe PendriveLinux even) just so I can use the Gimp without Winblows getting in the way.

    Comment by RT Cunningham (visitor) on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 @ 19:30 IST #
  4. RT, that's a good idea.

    There are awesome GIMP screen videos on YouTube by people who really know how to tap its full power. You should check them out.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 @ 19:41 IST #
  5. I will.

    Comment by RT Cunningham (visitor) on Tue, Nov 20, 2007 @ 19:54 IST #
  6. RT: You do know that there's a Windows port of The Gimp right? It works quite well, used it all the time on Windows, or when I'm stuck with a Windows install.


    Comment by drew (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 03:08 IST #
  7. Coool!!

    Comment by Sudipta Chatterjee (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 03:12 IST #
  8. Drew, I think RT knows it. But I think the Windows version isn't as stable as the Linux one. GTK on Windows is clunky and not as elegant as GTK on Linux.

    Sudipta, thanks. :-)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 07:27 IST #
  9. The Gimp has become my favorite because of its cross platform compatibility. This is also why I use an app such as OpenOffice. Its more about the fact that it works on many platforms, so I don't have to aquire a new skill set every time that I sit down to a computer.

    Comment by MrCorey (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 09:17 IST #
  10. Mrcorey, you're right. Photoshop is still the commercial tool of choice for image editing. But as you say, there's a lot you can squeeze out of GIMP.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 09:41 IST #
  11. From the looks of their download page for the latest stable release, Gtk is no longer a requirement, only for the 2.2 releases.


    And when I ran it with Gtk, I never had it crash on me, it's as stable as it comes on Linux from what I've seen.

    Comment by drew (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 10:40 IST #
  12. Oh scratch that, Gtk is needed I think since it's listed on the Sourceforge.net files listing with 2.4. Seems kind of misleading from that one page not mentioning to download Gtk as well. Not sure though, I don't have a Windows host to install on.

    Comment by drew (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 10:43 IST #
  13. Drew, I've not used GIMP in Windows for a long time, but at that time GTK did have some problems on Windows and GTK apps tended to crash all the time or render fonts improperly. I'm not sure about how it is now though.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 11:37 IST #
  14. I had it at my previous employer just a few months back, it's greatly improved as it was the only application that wouldn't crash randomly. ;)

    Comment by drew (visitor) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 18:18 IST #
  15. Oh, I see. Thanks, Drew. yes, it's the best cross platform image manipulation tool at the moment.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 @ 18:26 IST #

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