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Fun Designs - More creations using GIMP

Updated on November 8, 2011

More Fun Design Techniques Using GIMP

Workshop OPEN. This is the second GIMP lens* to explore the capabilites of the application and to share some tips to using features in the program. I will show you step by step how to create the 'Flower and Bee' image. We will also create a banner. *You can explore any of the lenses in any order.

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Steps To Creat Mosaic Designs


Open your photo in GIMP.

GIMP Features:

Select 'Filters' and scroll down to 'distorts' in the drop down menu. Next, slide over and down to 'Mosaics'. The Mosaic Tool Window will pop up and you may adjust the settings. Adjustments are numerous, so for this example we will leave all settings on default. You can see a preview of what the image will look like after the transformation.

If you like on 'OK' and wait for the program to transform your image into a mosaic.

The next step I took in making the flower and bee mosaic image, was to crop the photo around the best section of the image.

To do this, select the 'crop tool' from the GIMP Main dashboard. It looks like an exacto knife on the newest version. Double click on it so that the tool options box will pop up. Put a check (by clicking on it ) IN the box next to "Current layer only," this will assure that you only crop the top layer of the image (the background can be cropped later after one more step).

Now, draw (by dragging your mouse)a square around the part of the image you want to keep in the final cut. If you drop the square off a bit, you can move your mouse toward the edges of the square and a small image will appear that looks like a T. The top edge of the T (the long side), can be scooted to move your square into the position that you want it.

Once you have the square right where you want the cut, then push 'enter' on your keyboard.

Now you have your image transformed into a mosaic, and cropped to the size you want it.

How To Make A Banner with GIMP

Step by Step


Click on 'File'

Select 'New'

Set image size to one of the following sizes:

Tip: You can create the larger size and then save it and resize for your smaller sizes. This way you will have the best quality images. Better to scale down than up (the image gets pixelated - thin and torn spots - when it is enlarged too much)

Banner Sizes:

Group Banner (for Squidoo) 725 x 125 px

Lense Banner (like the ones above) 449 x 78





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  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    7 years ago from Chico California

    Thank you GrammaLinda, Thank you. The closest I can find to a line art technique would be the coloring pages technique I explain on however, it isn't going to start out as "quality" you may need to use a contrast fine tuning to get the results you are looking for.

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    Linda Pogue 

    8 years ago from Missouri

    Unfortunately, GIMP is not a user friendly or intuitive application. It takes some time to get up to speed. It is a good, free, open source program, though. Thumbs up! I will be back to review this one again. If you can, I would like to see instructions on taking a photo and changing it to quality line art. Thanks!

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    8 years ago

    This is something I'd like to learn but I have no idea where I'd find the time. I'm not much of an artist so I need all the help I can get! :D

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    Nancy Tate Hellams 

    9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

    I have never used GIMP. There is so much that I want to learn.

  • GypsyOwl profile imageAUTHOR

    Deb Bryan 

    10 years ago from Chico California

    Your avitar is exceptional! I adore the ocean and have created several designs with GIMP using that theme. Your avitar is amazing! Thank you for dropping by my lens :D

  • The Eclectic Muse profile image

    The Eclectic Muse 

    10 years ago

    I love the gimp!!! I've been using it for a few years for art and photo touch up. (I created my avatar with gimp). Great lens!


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