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Retro Background Script

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EDIT: 10/9/2008: Updated script to work in GIMP 2.6. If you have the previous version installed, please delete it from your computer to avoid conflicts.

Let me know if you run into any problems with it.


This script will create the a retro style background similar to the background in the preview image.

Click on the download link to the left and the script will open.

Prior to me learning to write scripts, I figured out a simple way to create retro-style backgrounds and posted a tutorial here: Retro Backgrounds in GIMP The "guts" behind the tutorial was through the modification of one line of code in the default GIMP line nova script. Well, since then, I've learned quite a bit and have modified the default script further to allow the user to select the foreground and background colors (or leave the background color transparent).

Just click on the download link to open the script in your browser window and then save it (File Menu > Save) in your GIMP scripts folder (ie....C:Program FilesGIMP-2.xsharegimp2.0scripts)

Then, go to the main GIMP window (not the image window) and choose the Filters > Script-FU > Refresh Scripts. Go to the Filters Menu > Render > FP Retro Background... to access the script.

The greater number of lines you use, you must set the Sharpness Value Lower or you won't see results.
Let me know if you run into any snags.

Cheers!

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dragonflame95's avatar
dragonflame95Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconimgrinningplz: Thank you! This is exactly what I needed!
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ShawtJyrarph363Student Digital Artist
This doesn't seem to work for me, can you still make them without the script?
jessica94ere's avatar
Oooh! I've been looking for something like this for AGES to help me out with my graphics making :D It's gonna help SO very much! Thank you for making it! :D I'll be sure to make something for dA so's that you can see my style and how I use it et cetera ...
roxiful's avatar
Wow, thanks for the script! I've been loving those retro backgrounds for a while, I've just been too lazy to make them myself :)
hozbebsgame's avatar
it just comes up with a page of writing stuff.

Is it meant to?

I'm new to the scripts thing... but i w a n t t h e r e t r o o :/
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kirstie-elizabethHobbyist Photographer
Very nice.
Although I can't seem to find it anywhere and I've refreshed my scripts...?
fence-post's avatar
I assume you're using Windows? If so, do me a favor and open up the scripts folder and look for the retro script. Does the icon look different than the rest? If so, I've got a good idea what's wrong. Otherwise, I'll try some other options to see if we can get you up and running. Sorry you're having difficulty with it.

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kirstie-elizabethHobbyist Photographer
For some reason it's the only one I see. I've got some screenshots though. The icon is the IE icon if it helps any. And yes I'm using Windows XP Media Center.

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those are the screenshots. Thanks.
fence-post's avatar
Thanks for the information. Simple solution. First: delete the IE icon in the scripts folder. When you opened the script in IE and tried to save it, it was saved as an html file, which GIMP doesn't recognize. Download the script again and when it appears in your browser window, select all of the script (Ctrl+A) and copy it to your clipboard (Ctrl+C). Next, open up Notepad (something like Start > All Programs > Applications > Notepad). Paste the script into Notepad (Ctrl+V). Then, go to File > Save. Under text name, give it any name you wish, but make sure you add an ".scm" to the end (remove any default extension that Notepad tries to give you). Then, under Save As Type, choose "All Files." That's very important. Hit Save, Refresh your scripts or Open GIMP and you should see it. If not, let me know. Windows is notorious for acting up with scripts and this is one of the workarounds.

Hope this helps.

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relhom's avatar
relhomHobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
scarlettveith's avatar
scarlettveith Digital Artist
Cool! Thanks for this! :D
fence-post's avatar
You're welcome!
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michaelsboostHobbyist General Artist
I have a brush for this
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michaelsboostHobbyist General Artist
Can you post a tut on how to make scripts, cause I'm itching to learn how???
fence-post's avatar
Check out my journal. I have links to all of them there. I'm also planning on doing a Live Chat Session at the Dome about creating scripts. Don't know if you saw my post or not.

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michaelsboostHobbyist General Artist
Not yet I'll check it when I get home, cause I don't remember my password, I had them all saved in notepad on my pc at home.
coreper's avatar
nice!
i really like the new addon
when i read about "a sun in the middle" i had my doubts, but it definitly is a great new feature!
thanks a lot ;)

btw: i tried i out with default settings with red and white, and a 50px sun: it reminds me of the japanese war flag! :P
great job!
fence-post's avatar
Glad you like it! Thanks!

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coreper's avatar
too bad i can't Super-Favorite this... :S
needcoffee's avatar
Great!

ps: works with 2.5.x (linux), too.
fence-post's avatar
Thank you!
BLUE-F0X's avatar
BLUE-F0XHobbyist Digital Artist
Nice update.
fence-post's avatar
Thanks! I've made one more improvement that removes a "halo" from the edges of the sunburst. Try redownloading.
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