Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Learning Curve vs. New Baby

Well, I'm starting to get a few moments here and there to scrap more, recently. We adopted an 8 month old baby in August and since I am a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) I have been VERY busy. Did I mention we have a 3.5 year old, too? If you're a mom, I KNOW you can feel my pain! LOL! That said, my learning curve on GIMP has been virtually NON-EXISTENT! I sometimes wondered if I was ever going to digi-scrap again.... :(

Today I was playing around with a photo, trying to make it look like those old prints with the white border around them.... Well, I used the "rounded rectangle" feature on it under the "select" menu option (I think) and was able to make the corners of my photo rounded. It was very cool!

Here's the scoop on the rounded corners:

1. Place your photo or whatever in a new window by itself (mine was part of a LO that I was working on, so I did "copy" and then "paste as new")
2. Choose "select" from the drop down menus, then choose "rounded rectangle"
3. I chose 5% radius for my little photo and it turned out great, but you can fiddle around with the number to find what works best for you
4. Once you have the rounded corners on your screen, choose "select" then "invert"
5. Choose "edit" "cut" and this should cut off the rounded corners from your picture

Pretty cool, huh?

Happy New Year and happy scrapping!


teddyprayer said...

Glad to see you back :) Congrats on the new addition to your family (even if it was a while ago)

If you want just a plain white border around your pictures (without the rounded edges) you can do that with "stroke selection". Make sure your foreground colour is white, select your picture (I do that with select by colour set to 255), and then stroke selection at about 40 or so . . . it's nice and easy (and it took me SO long 'til I figured that out).

BTW, the old photo script-fu also has a neat effect . . . but it's for if you want to turn your pictures sepia . . .

Jen said...
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the GIMP 4 Digi-Scrappers said...

Well, I make a white border by duplicating the layer and then "fill with background color" (which is white), then move it to behind the original layer and scaling it larger until the white border shows enough to my liking. It seems to work well enough, but I will try your method. It's delving into new GIMP territory for me! ;)

Randi said...

jen! congrats on your forever family -- miss you too! just read my blog and updated -- it's been ages. If you get this, please email me -- I have a job for you LOL!! best, as always!

the GIMP 4 Digi-Scrappers said...

Oh, it's been too long since I read my email! LOL! Nice to hear from you, Randi!! :D How's the business coming along? I haven't had a chance to take a peek over there lately. HUGS, Hon! I will head over there right now. :D ~jen