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Jensen/MBV banner Tut

shazza_109
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Joined: 30 Sep 2007, 07:54

17 Jun 2009, 14:22 #1

Hello Lovies! I've come back with another Tutorial for you all. This Tutorial was requested by the lovely ilaria. Hope you find this easy and fun :D

This is what we will be making


Ok, now everyone knows how to start off. Open gimp of course and follow through to File>New>and select you size. For my banner I set it at 500X200 and the resolution at 100 --Ignore my sizes in the screencap, its from my other tut :P--- Screencap!

STEP 1: Now we start the magic. Fill your background black (#000000) and put in your image. The Image is important, you don't want it to have too much of a bright background so try something that's in the middle. If you have a bright background you can burn down the BG later in the future steps, though for beginners it gets hard. My picture I've chosen is from the Jensen Ackles' Movie My Bloody Valentine. Which is here >> Image!

STEP 2: Put that in and re-size it to fit. I put my down too 387X210 and placed it where I wanted it.

STEP 3: I white balanced it by going to Color>Auto>White Balance and the Filters>Enhance>sharpen and put it to 20. After that I found it a bit dark on Jensen's face so I wanted it brighten so I headed up to Levels (Color>Levels) and set it to this setting >> Settings!

STEP 4: Now we start to make the image work into the black background. We fetch our eraser fuzzy circle brush size 17 and set the brush options on Opacity: 80% and scale: 10.00. Start at the end of the image AWAY from your main are (Jensen) and remove patches of the picture. It should look like this now >> Here!

STEP 4: Next we smooth out Jensen's gorgeous face to make a bit of soft look surface. Click on the little icon that looks like a water drop and put its opacity at 80% then brush slowly across Jen's checks, forehead, chin and a bit on his neck til its smooth but natural looking.

Tip: After you have done all this SAVE your image before going any further

STEP 5: Next starts the little tricky part, but its the pretty part. Duplicate your layer of Jensen and then go to Color>Desaturate>and click on Lightness. Once that's done your duplicated image should be Black and white :D Set that layer's mode you just turned B&W to "Lighten only"

STEP 6: Continuing on with the tricky part. Grab your B&W image and move it down from the colored Jensen Image, just away from his face a little. Put it where you think it suits the most. Grab the eraser again and remove any little areas of B&W from the colored Jensen's face. You can leave a little bit on so it looks blended together. Once that's done Save your image again

STEP 7: Next adding a scratchy texture to the banner. Here is one >> Scratchy Texture Set that layers mode to "lighten only" and place it where you want it.

STEP 8: Add this texture who is by Sanami >> and set its mode to "lighten only" and place it under the two Jensens with the small writing showing. It says "Choose what to believe" which I think works well with Jensen's character Tom.

Tip: You can add your own text (Name of Jensen's Character or quote) instead of using the texture, but best keep the color of the text white for a nice effect

STEP 9: Add your border. Add a new blank layer then head up to Select>All. Ants like lines should be moving around the outside of that layer. Make sure your paint is white then click Edit>Stroke selection and set it to these settings >> [url=http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc25 ... cap1-2.jpg] Here!
and click "stroke"

Well there you have it! All done and looking smack-o :P

Here is what it should turn out like. Hope my instructions were easy and it turn out similar to this :D Hope too see some of your work!



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ilaria
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17 Jun 2009, 15:40 #2

thank you so much for this :hug:
these are mine but unfortunately there is the same lightness :huh:
yours are so bright




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17 Jun 2009, 16:48 #3

Great tut!! I love your banners you made with it :wub:
I didn't really follow step by step as i use photoshop but this is what i came up with

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17 Jun 2009, 17:51 #4

ok I'm a stupid,mine sucks
how did you make jensen's face so bright ? :(


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shazza_109
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18 Jun 2009, 02:14 #5


ilaria: The banners look good! Just a few tips.
The first banner, Jensen's face to just a bit too big. Just re-size it down so you can get in his head more into the picture....Just right click the image and click further too Layer>scale layer. Another thing is in both banners the B&W images are right next to the colored, just move them downwards.

I do like the second banner. Great picture to use.

Now as you said about brightening up your images, well they are bright lit pictures already so it be wise to darken them to get a nice glow. Just go back up too Colors>Levels and play with the levels to get it darkened. Hope that helps :D

Don't give up, Honey. If you need help i'm always here :)

xLozx: For a person to use a Gimp Tut and really be using a PS its a fabulous effort :D Love the glow on his face and shine. Well done







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18 Jun 2009, 10:04 #6

thanks a lot for your patience :hug:
here my other bad attempt


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18 Jun 2009, 10:53 #7

ilaria @ Jun 18 2009, 10:04 AM wrote:thanks a lot for your patience :hug:
here my other bad attempt
Awww ilaria, you are most welcomed :D

Love the new banner! And it does not suck *Smacks* :P Colors look good and great pic to use, very cute. Black n' white image would just need to be a few centimeters down and closer to colored Jensen, but other than that it looks fabby!! :D Well done, Honey. Keep going at it.





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18 Jun 2009, 11:17 #8

thank you so much!!! :hug: :hug:


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18 Jun 2009, 11:25 #9

ilaria @ Jun 18 2009, 11:17 AM wrote: thank you so much!!! :hug: :hug:
Most welcomed, Honey! *Beams* :hug:





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19 Jun 2009, 10:19 #10

Thankies hun :hug:
Wicked banner Ilaria!!!
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25 Jun 2009, 07:50 #11

ahh amazing tutorial!
I really love that banner you did and I'm so glad you made a tut for it! :D
I made 3 banners
original:


Another MBV banner:


Dean banner:


thanks again! :hug:
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25 Jun 2009, 10:15 #12

Fantastic outcomes, Honey! :wub:





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25 Jun 2009, 16:19 #13

aww thanks! :wub:
I forgot to ask this before... what font did you use in your second MBV banner you showed us?
I really like it! :)
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27 Jun 2009, 03:24 #14

Supernatural_luver @ Jun 25 2009, 04:19 PM wrote: aww thanks! :wub:
I forgot to ask this before... what font did you use in your second MBV banner you showed us?
I really like it! :)
It's called Christopher :D





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27 Jun 2009, 14:33 #15

Awesome love your tut, I just done with True Blood; Jessica Hamby. ^_^

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