Creating blend effect using gimp

Using gimp we can create animated gif image with a blending effect, that is one image blends into another as shown below.

 photo linux_is_freedom.gif

Here is how we can create the above animation in gimp.

First we need the images we need to use for the blend effect, in the above animation we have used the following three images created using gimp itself.

 photo linux.jpg

 photo is.jpg

 photo Freedom.jpg

They can be created using the logo creation tool available under file->create->logos and the above effect is glossy.

Once the images are ready, open gimp.

click on

file->new

choose a template size bigger than the biggest of the images to be used in animation and click on ok.

Drag and drop the images into gimp in the order in which the images have to appear in the animation.

For the above animation we will drop “linux.jpg” first, then “is.jpg” and then “”freedom.jpg”.

 photo layers.jpg

Now click on filter->animation->blend.

 photo blend_menu.jpg

The following menu will appear.

 photo blend_options.jpg

The number of intermediate frames decide how slow the transition from one image to another should happen. In the above animation we have chosen the number to be 20 to make the transition happen slowly.

The blur option is to choose how much should the image blur before appearing and disappearing, the above animation has 0 blur. Click on “ok” and wait for gimp to do the magic. Once done we should see a new window as follows.

 photo after_blend.jpg

To preview the animation click on filter->animation->playback

Click on the play button to see the animation. If the animation is satidfactory close the preview and save the animation by clicking on

file->save as

Enter the name and add the extension .gif example blend.gif

save_as photo save_as.jpg

A menu as below will be shown, click on save as animation and click on export

export_animation photo export_animation.jpg

In the next window we can choose the delay between individual frames, but in this case we can leave it as default and click on save and the animation should be ready.

final_save photo final_save.jpg

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Creating fire animation using gimp in linux

Here are the steps to create an animation, using gimp, as if an image is on fire as shown below.

To be able to create the animation we will need gimp along with the additional gimp packages, i.e. gimp animation packages gimp-gap and gimp-plugin-registry . To install these extra packages in debian based systems run the command

sudo apt-get install gimp-gap sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

Note: In the post we will add the fire effect to the image of a logo the same can be done to any other image.

Once the installation is successful, launch gimp and go to

file->create->logos->BasicII

Type the text for which the fire animation has to be added, we have used the text Fire. Choose any color of your preference.

We should see a window as below.

Now click on one of layers to which the animation has to be added and go to

Fx-Foundry->animaton->Fire animaton

In the menu that is shown we can choose

How many frames of fire animation has to be added, more the number of frames more detailed the fire will look

Overlap flames: How many frames of fire flames will overlap with each other.

Gradient: The color of the flames

Framerate: How fast should the flames appear, smaller the number faster the flames will appear

Angle: The angle of the flames

Distance: How high should the flames be, bigger the number higher the flames, hence the fire appears bigger.

Background: The image on which the flames should appear.

Now click OK and wait for gimp to do its magic. Once done, we should see a new window as below.

To see the animaton in a preview click on filter->animation->playback

Click on the play icon to see the animation.

If it is satisfactory then close the preview and save the animation by clicking

file->save as

Enter a file name with .gif as extension and from the file type options at the right bottom choose .gif and click on save.

A prompt will be shown confirming whether we need to save the file as animation or single image, select save as animation and click on “Export”

In the next window we can choose whether the animation should run once or continously by checking the loop forever box.We can also specify the delay between frames in case it is not mentioned in the layer attributes.

Now click on save. The fire animated image should be ready to use.

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Creating fire animation using gimp in linux

Here are the steps to create an animation, using gimp, as if an image is on fire as shown below.

To be able to create the animation we will need gimp along with the additional gimp packages, i.e. gimp animation packages gimp-gap and gimp-plugin-registry . To install these extra packages in debian based systems run the command

sudo apt-get install gimp-gap sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

Note: In the post we will add the fire effect to the image of a logo the same can be done to any other image.

Once the installation is successful, launch gimp and go to

file->create->logos->BasicII

Type the text for which the fire animation has to be added, we have used the text Fire. Choose any color of your preference.

We should see a window as below.

Now click on one of layers to which the animation has to be added and go to

Fx-Foundry->animaton->Fire animaton

In the menu that is shown we can choose

How many frames of fire animation has to be added, more the number of frames more detailed the fire will look

Overlap flames: How many frames of fire flames will overlap with each other.

Gradient: The color of the flames

Framerate: How fast should the flames appear, smaller the number faster the flames will appear

Angle: The angle of the flames

Distance: How high should the flames be, bigger the number higher the flames, hence the fire appears bigger.

Background: The image on which the flames should appear.

Now click OK and wait for gimp to do its magic. Once done, we should see a new window as below.

To see the animaton in a preview click on filter->animation->playback

Click on the play icon to see the animation.

If it is satisfactory then close the preview and save the animation by clicking

file->save as

Enter a file name with .gif as extension and from the file type options at the right bottom choose .gif and click on save.

A prompt will be shown confirming whether we need to save the file as animation or single image, select save as animation and click on “Export”

In the next window we can choose whether the animation should run once or continously by checking the loop forever box.We can also specify the delay between frames in case it is not mentioned in the layer attributes.

Now click on save. The fire animated image should be ready to use.

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Creating letter drop effect using gimp in linux

Here is how we can create the animated effect of letters dropping on to a page, as shown below, using gimp.

Note:This was done using gimp2.6

First to be able to create the effect we need to install the additional gimp package called gimp-gap i.e. in ubuntu based systems run the command

sudo apt-get install gimp-gap

After the installation is done launch gimp and go to

file->create->Fx-Foundry->animation->letter Drop

We will see a prompt as shown below.

In the text field enter the text for which the animation has to be created.
The foreground color is the color of the text and the background color is the of the background of the text, we can choose the color we want by clicking on each of them and selecting from the range of colors .

Letter delay field is to specify the delay between the letters appearing in the animation
Word delay is the delay between words in case there are multiple words in the text
Starting size is the size of the font with which the animation will start, the size will slowly decrease with each fram giving the dropping effect
The ending size is the final size of the text.
Frames per letter is the number of frames that you want to use for every letter in the animation. The more the number of frames the more detailed the animation will look.
Click on Ok and wait for gimp to do the magic. Once it is done we should see the following screen.

To check if the animation suits your requirements you can see the preview by going to

filters->animation->playback

The following window will pop up, click the play button on the top left to see the animation.

If satisfied with the result, close the preview window and Click on

file->saves as

Enter the name for the file and add the extension .gif at the end.
In the file types option at the bottom right chose gif.

The prompt will be shown asking for confirmation whether the image should be stored as animation or as a flat image, choose save as animation

If the image size is big,a prompt for cropping the image might appear, choose crop and see if it affects your image or not.

The final prompt will allow to choose whether the animation should loop for ever or not.

The delay between frames can be specified in this has been specified next to layers itself, thus you can leave the default value of delay between frames as it does not affect the animation.

Click on save and the letter drop animation should be ready for use.

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