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Image Manipulation Layers and Selections start learning

Only £2 for one months enrolment

The 'Image Manipulation Layers and Selections' video tutorials use a free open source image editing program called 'Gimp'.


Lesson 1

Elementary Layer Use

  • Duplicating layers
  • Creating layers
  • Open another image as a layer
  • Linking layers
  • Positioning layers
  • Active layers and potential errors
  • Opacity
  • Naming layers
  • Knowledge Quiz

Lesson 2

Introduction to Selections

  • Why selections are used
  • Selection tools overview
  • Resizing and moving selections
  • Mode, antialiasing and feathering

Lesson 3

Free Select

  • Using mode effectively
  • Create a cheat to enable easier selecting
  • Moving along a zoomed image while selecting

Lesson 4

Scissor Select

  • Interactive boundary
  • Selecting and editing the selection without the interactive boundary
  • Hue and saturation to change colouring
  • Desaturation

Lesson 5

Ellipse Select

  • Expand from the centre
  • Highlighting a selection
  • Add guides to selection
  • Fixed sizes and ratios
  • Adjust sizes and position accurately
  • Fixing red eye

Lesson 6

Rectangular Select

  • Overview of options
  • Rounded corners

Lesson 7

Fuzzy Select

  • Select transparent area
  • Adjusting threshold
  • Sample merged

Knowledge Quiz

Lesson 8

Copy and Paste

  • Using the copy and paste commands
  • Convert a floating section into a new layer
  • Anchor a floating section
  • Paste into a selection
  • Paste as a brush
  • Paste as a new image
  • Paste as a new layer
  • Copy visible

Animations and Videos Beginners Course! start learning

Only £10 for one months enrolment

The 'Animations and Videos Beginners Course' video tutorials use a free open source animation program called 'Gap for Gimp'.


Lesson 1: Using Gimp to create a simple animation

  • What an animation/video consists of
  • Using a 2 frame animation
  • Changing frame speed in Gimp
  • Using combine or replace
  • Moving the 2 frame animation by increasing the number of frames and canvas size
  • Resolving errors
  • Apply a background
  • Merging and renaming layers

Lesson 2a: Creating a simple animation in Gap

  • Creating/opening necessary files
  • Duplicating frames
  • Using move path and basic setup
  • Adding points
  • Previewing
  • Changing the speed factor
  • Inserting points
  • Saving points
  • Scale and modify
  • Rotating
  • Gimp animation creation vs Gap animation creation
  • Accept and create the animation
  • Using the vcr navigator

Lesson 2b: Layerstacks

  • Using Playback
  • Creating new source images from the original
  • Adding new source images to the animation
  • Understand layerstacks
  • Using layerstack to place the new image behind the original
  • Using x and y

Lesson 2c: Editing animations using layerstacks

  • Deleting layerstacks
  • Opening and using saved points

Lesson 2d: Adding more frames

  • Using image properties
  • Adding and duplicating frames
  • Using from frame and to frame in the move path
  • Starting a source image offscreen on one side and moving it offscreen on the other side of the animation

Lesson 3: Using the Control point buttons

  • Add point
  • Insert point
  • Delete point
  • Prev point
  • Next point
  • First point
  • Last point
  • Reset point
  • Reset all points
  • Delete all points
  • Create a simple path in Gimp
  • Grab path
  • Rotate follow
  • Saving and opening path points re-visited

Lesson 4a: Creating more complex source images simplified

  • Downloading and installing scripts in Gimp
  • Creating images using the scripts

Lesson 4b: Create an animation with a moving background

  • Create a moving background
  • Duplicating multiple frames to increase animation length
  • Add a second moving background to the end of the animation
  • Create a static source image with a moving background
  • Create a dynamic source image with a moving background

Lesson 4c: Change direction of the source image

  • Alternative method of adding new frames
  • Flip an image in gimp
  • Position the new source image accurately on the new frames
  • Scaling and rotating and opacity
  • Using the supernova filter in Gimp
  • Accurately working with frame numbers

Lesson 4d: Insert an animation within an animation

  • Using Gimp to create a spinning planet from a rock texture image
  • Re-visit speed factor
  • Insert the animation into an existing Gap animation

Lesson 5: Working with 'Green screen'

  • Extract frames from a video
  • Create a background using Gimp
  • Remove green background using Gap

Lesson 6a: Convert the Gap animation to an animated gif

  • Use Gap to convert the animation file to an animated gif
  • Optimize the gif for the web

Lesson 6b: convert your animation into a video format

  • Opening the master video encoder
  • Settings and parameters
  • Save your animation as an mp4 video

Lesson 6c: Extract frames from a video file

Lesson 6d: Crop and resize multiple frames semi-automatically

Lesson 7a: Using the storyboard to create a video

  • How to open the storyboard
  • Create a cliplist
  • Create a storyboard
  • Avoiding errors
  • Adding clips to the storyboard and cliplist
  • Adding clips from the cliplist to the storyboard
  • Determine properties of clips
  • Viewing multiple clips on the storyboard

Lesson 7b: Working with transitions

  • Adding transitions
  • Working with transitions
  • Viewing transitions

Lesson 7c: Create an mp4 movie from the storyboard

The 'Animations and Videos Beginners Course' video tutorials use the free open source image editing program called 'Gimp' and the animation package 'Gap for Gimp'.

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