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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-25-2010, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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You have a picture of a friend, family member, a pet or anything else and you want to create a pattern. Problem is you don't have a photo editing program like Corel Draw or Adobe Photoshop. Spending a $100.00 dollars or more for the software is out of your budget. Here's two "free" programs you can download.
GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
Inkscape. Draw Freely.
The first GIMP is great for creating portrait patterns, landscapes, etc. The second Inkscape is great for designing clocks, keychains, name plates, etc. Both are easy to learn. I provided a link below to a site that has video step-by-step tutorials for both. With a little practice you'll be making patterns like the pros.
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Here's an example of a pattern I made using GIMP of my grandson in his little league uniform.



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Great! Thanks for those links Frank! Where in CT are you located?

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Our daughter just lost their 14 year old Lab, and I want to do a scroll for them. Could you go through the steps using GIMP to create the pattern?
That would also make a good sticky in this forum topic.

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Hi Mike:

That would be quite the project for me. My graphical skills are somewhat limited. I think it would be much easier to check out the tutorial. I can try to post some basics later on.
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LOL I asked that before looking at the tutorial link. Thanks.

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I usually go in photoshop for some Tiling ... Filling is easy to use
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I am downloading it now will see if i can get a sticky together.
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From what i can see up to now inskape works best for the final layout and gimp works well for the preparation work from the photo.Will display some stuff i"ve been working on shortly.Sorry been busy making plans on sketchup.
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