Gimp Class 02: create repeat patterns from real sketches and watercolors

Gaia Marfurt, Illustrator and Surface Designer

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4 Videos (35m)
    • IntroGimpC02

      1:42
    • GimpskillshareC02L01

      18:03
    • GimpskillshareC02L02

      6:43
    • GimpskillshareC02L03

      8:08

About This Class

Create repeat patterns with the free software Gimp, using illustrations made with a traditional medium, watercolors, gouache, pencils...imported on your PC with a scanner or a good digital camera.

For this Class you don't need to have a tablet.

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I was asked from Parmeet Arora Bori how to fill a background with a pattern. When you are finished creating a pattern, you can do: edit-copy the visible and then edit-paste as new pattern It's something similar to creating a new brush, but you create a pattern that you can reuse many times. Before creating the pattern I usually resize the image, making it smaller (if I'm working on a 2000x2000 pixels image for example, I reduce it to 800x800 or less). When the pattern is created, please remember to "undo" the resizing, because it's important to have the original pattern big! Ok, then you can just go on the background layer and do edit-fill with pattern In this way you should have a window where you can choose the pattern you wish. I'm going to make a class where I teach you better it! :)
Gaia Marfurt

Illustrator and Surface Designer

Thank you This was a really useful tutorial.you make it pretty easy to understand. I have been trying to look for programs other than Adobe and thsi might be the solution. Please can you let me know How do you fill a layer with your pattern?
Enjoyed seeing how to make repeating patterns with watercolored painted items and applying a watercolor texture to a background and changing its color. Thanks, Gaia!

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Gaia Marfurt

Illustrator and Surface Designer

Hello, I'm Gaia and I'm a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer. I use to work with open source software like Gimp and Inkscape. I wish to teach you how to draw and create repeat patterns with these two free softwares.

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