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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:10 pm  (#21) 
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That looks great, Oregonian!

Thanks. It's a very interesting technique.
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Going off topic a bit, I've been to about a dozen Grateful Dead shows and the ones in Eugene were by far my favorites. What a scene!
Lucky you! My youngest daughter and her husband live in Eugene. Do you live in the Northwest?

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:08 pm  (#22) 
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I love the script, however I tried following your steps and am totally lost on your selections. After you do the alpha to select and click on the rectangular select tool, Clicking the selection and draging to the center top, just creates a box where dragged. No luck following the instructions.

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:17 pm  (#23) 
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Nevermind! I got it!

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:03 pm  (#24) 
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I've updated the "mini-tut" so that hopefully it is a little more clear.

Basically, steps 1 through 3 aren't absolutely necessary. Steps 4 through 8 describe using the Grid filter and Rotation Tool to render diagonal stripes -- the only thing atypical about this is that they are rendered on the Quickmask channel (to produce a selection, and ultimately a path).

Since the rotated diagonal strips selection has its corners missing, we need to select a rectangular region that is completely covered by the strips. Steps 9 and 10 (in addition to steps 1-3) use the original text region that was previously warped. If you just used the Rectangle Select Tool to reduce the size of the selection (holding down SHIFT+CTRL while making a rectangular selection within the stripes selection), this would still work to produce warped stripes. However, if the rectangle is a different size than the original text region then the warped stripes would be a different size (relative to the size of the original warped text). If the aspect ratio (width:height) is different from the aspect ratio of the original text region then the angle and width of the warped stripes (relative to the original warped text) would be different.

By making the size of the original stripes rectangle the same as the size of the rectangle of the original text, the result of warping the stripes will match the result of warping the text*. This is probably not that important in most cases.


* If the accuracy of my warping algorithm was more precise, the stripes selection (after step 8) could just be intersected with the original text layer ("Layer->Transparency->Intersect With Selection"), and the resulting path warped to produce a perfect overlay. However, the warping produced by the script is not precise enough to rely on this.

@ Oregonian, I was a Seattle-ite about a decade ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:53 pm  (#25) 
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The thought of making a poster with several different envelopes is intimidating. I think fitting path-envelopes to fill the poster and then doing the text for the separate envelopes would probably be the easiest way. I think it would be stunning if it's possible to do.

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:50 pm  (#26) 
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it doesn't work at all for me...is it because I am still using gimp 2.4?


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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:51 pm  (#27) 
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is it because I am still using gimp 2.4?
Probably so. Saulgoode would be the final authority there though. It's a fun script to play with. I've been working on a kind of poster but so far I don't like what I have. I'll just keep on playing with it though. What I have in mind isn't what I get on the canvas ... as usual. :-D

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:58 pm  (#28) 
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haha, I seem to have that same problem with most of the posters I make!


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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:05 pm  (#29) 
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this is real cool, if i could remember how i did it would be nice but it eludes me at the moment. =P

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 Post subject: Re: Warped text
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:30 pm  (#30) 
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put on your thinking cap!!! awesome.


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