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Clear Globe Containers in GIMP

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This was a very challenging accomplishment for me. I tried to mimic a PS tutorial, but with a different method for creating the globe. The difficult part was not creating the sphere, but turning it somewhat transparent. I was really new to GIMP when I attempted this, but I think I did alright. Hope you enjoy it.

The tutorial is in html format. Just download the zip file to your hard drive, double-click to open, extract to your desktop (or some other convenient location) and double-click on the html file. The tutorial will open up in your browser.

Let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Cheers!

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Alvin-Alwahaibi's avatar
I have question can i use map filter to make it as glass or plastic cover
Alvin-Alwahaibi's avatar
and thank u again from this tuto i know how to make glass and shiny metal line ^^
Alvin-Alwahaibi's avatar
ho cool to see person help people out .. thanks ur tutorials are osome and helpful
just wandering did you know how to make "plastic wire in gimp"
junior-j178's avatar
This is a great tutorial. I made a globe but like a complete idiot i forgot to save. Cue computer crash. :crash:
fence-post's avatar
If only the "cue" was known, we could be better prepared. Sorry you had that trouble, but glad you found the tutorial beneficial!

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junior-j178's avatar
Yes we could, alas.
Kreuger's avatar
I'm a bit confused with this. When I created the globe, it started a new canvas thing. Is that supposed to do that and then later do I copy it to the first one onto the globe layer? Or how is it supposed to work? Using gimp 2.2.13.
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Hi, Krueger!

I'm not really sure I exactly understand your question, but I'll give it a shot....

When you create the globe, you can create it on a new canvas if you want, but it's not absolutely necessary. Once you have the globe in place, I recommended that you duplicate the globe "layer", not the globe image (there's a difference between the two...you duplicate the layer by selecting the layer in the layer dialog window and at the bottom of that window there is a button that looks like 2 sheets of paper...click that button to duplicate the selected layer.). Once you do that, select the duplicate layer, which should be above your original globe layer, and go to Layer Menu > Merge Down to merge those layers together.

Now, if you did create your globe on a new canvas, you certainly can copy and paste it onto the other globe layer if you need to, but as I said above, you don't really need to do that.

Not sure if this answered your question, but I'll be glad to help you out in any way I can.

Take care.

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Kreuger's avatar
When I did it, it started a new image type thing. Like I still had the one with the layers I had made but a new one opened up with the globe in it. If you're still not sure what I mean, I can put up a screenshot. I know I can just copy it over I just wasn't sure if that's how it was supposed to work. I know how to duplicate the layers and that though.
fence-post's avatar
I didn't know how much you knew about GIMP so I wanted to give you as much information I could. It sounds like you're on the right track. It's not supposed to work like that, and I'm not sure why it opened up a new image with the globe, but as long as it's not creating any other problems, I'd just go with it.

Let me know if I can be of more help.

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Kreuger's avatar
Yeah I guess it's hard to know without me mentioning, isnt it? :p Thanks. Ill give it a whirl again tomorrow.
fence-post's avatar
Let me know if you run into anymore snags, ok?
Kreuger's avatar
I'm having trouble getting the rim, sidewall and shelf done. See here [link]
fence-post's avatar
Sorry about the delay in responding. I'll take a look at it later tonight and see if I can give you some help. If worse comes to worst, maybe we can set up an IM session or something.

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geminigriffin's avatar
I think this is great but I was wondering how to make totally glass globe like a crystal ball. I would need a tutorial on it. Do you know where I can find one/ this was the closest I found of to it on GIMPTalk. I am still going to make this. But I am making a picture that requires a globe that is more like a crystal ball. So I hope you can direct me or show me how to make a crystal ball from a tutorial you make. I am not picky as long as I get to make it.

Take Care
fence-post's avatar
No, at the moment I don't have anything definitive for you. A couple of things I suggest, however, might add to the realism. Try add some "reflections" of an object or objects in the upper regions of the globe. This will give the appearance that the globe is actually reflecting objects in front of it. Another thing you might try is using the displace map or the I-Warp filters to distort anything "behind" the globe a little bit. This will give the appearance of the glass refracting light entering it and distorting the image behind it due to the differences in densities (I think I've described that correctly) Don't know if this helps or not, but it's all I've got at the moment.

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geminigriffin's avatar
Well once I make the globe I will try that out if I can figure out how to do it. thanks take care
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lifebtbHobbyist Digital Artist
BTW, your original tutorial is still up and available at GimpTalk. Here's the direct link: [link]
fence-post's avatar
Thanks for the comments and the post of the original link to the tut. I'll probably be directing all future tutorials at gimptalk to here.
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lifebtbHobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, cool! I had read this tutorial a while ago on GimpTalk.com, knew it was familiar. Then I realized it was you that wrote it in the first place. :) Great stuff, really enjoyed it. Helped me a lot with different spheres and bubbles. Thanks!

~lifebtb
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Scyrens Traditional Artist
that is so wicked
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Thank you. Maybe one day I can improve on it. I know so much more now about GIMP than I did way back then!

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