Sunday, July 20, 2008

Customizing your Signature...

Helen left me a comment about my new signature and asked how it was created..so I thought I'd share some of the elements that went in to making it.

WARNING - The following information may lead you into another hobby...I WARN you, if you are computer minded...it is as addictive and as fun as quilting....

I spent A LOT of time this week browsing the internet for more info and tutorials on digital scrapbooking and I'm no way an expert, but I have learnt several new ways to make my pictures more interesting....Really it all started after I found Marica's blog...a fellow quilter who showcases her photography in the most beautiful way and I wanted to figure out how I, too, could do the same. At the same time, My Live Signature wasn't working and I thought it would be a great time to put my new skills to the test.

First you need some sort of photo editing software. I use Gimp...partially because we run on a Linux system and partially because it is FREE. Once you get the hang of it, it is as easy (or hard as the case may be) to use as Photoshop.

Next I gathered my supplies...like real scrapbooking it's all the graphics that make up an image...the background paper, the frames, the doodads (ribbons, buttons, etc.) I found these are easy to find on the internet. Here are 3 websites that can get you started. DigiFree, Krissy's Scraps and Shabby Princess. Like I said, they are just the start and they have links to so much more! (You have been WARNED...)

Next I went to Youtube and searched for digital scrapbooking and there is upteen links to good videos (here's just one user) that explain the process of layering up your image. Like the real thing it's just adding layer upon layer to create the design. So in the case of my signature I have a background picture, then a strip of white where the opacity has been lowered, then a stitching layer for the graphics that go along the top and bottom of the white bit, then a layer of doodads to make up the flower, then a layer of text. Once I was happy I merged the image as one, added a drop shadow and then uploaded it to flickr.

The last bit of info you need is the html. Which is the following

<a target="_blank"><img style="border: medium none; background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 0%;" src="INSERT THE HTTP LINK HERE" /></a>

Once you have mastered layering and using all those yummy graphics to create decorative pictures you can then explore other areas of gimp..like getting your pictures to follow a shape...like I did here.



12 comments:

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

That is so cool! Thank you for the tutorial :o)

Dandelion Quilts said...

That is pretty cool, Jane. It looks like you've found yourself a new hobby.

paula, the quilter said...

Thanks for the links, Jane! I've been meaning to download GIMP onto the laptop but have just not gotten around tuit. I just added a cloud-list of my Del.icio.us tags into my sidebar. Click on Digital-scrapbooking and it will take you to all the bookmarks I have in Del.icio.us under Digital-scrapbooking.

anne bebbington said...

Sounds amazing and totally terrifying - from the original technophobe (hence why my blog is so incredibly plain and boring)

jovaliquilts said...

So very cool ... I will definitely have to play around a bit! That summer photo/word is awesome!

Lynda said...

Wow, Jame! This gave me a headache just reading it! When I've taken some paracetamol, I'll be back and have a surf!

Holly Elam said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I use gimp for cropping and resizing pictures. But I haven't mastered the layering yet.

andsewitis Holly said...

You are certainly very creative, Jane. This and wordle are a lot of fun. Love your new siggie.

Leanne said...

Thanks for that.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love your page...I have never done digital...but adore scrapbooking.

Sipiweske Quilts said...

Thank you for the tutorial - I'll have fun playing with this. Digital scrapbooking is very addictive - I've been following along with different aspects of it for about a year now . . . but the things I learn go into other things besides scrapbooking pages - I think I've only done five actual pages. ScrapGirls is another great website and they email a free image or paper everyday . . . always something new in the in-box! Thanks again.
- Marlene

Carin said...

lalala not needing another hobby lalala! Jane yours look wonderful!