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Retro Background Script by fence-post Retro Background Script by fence-post
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!

Art
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:icondragonflame95:
dragonflame95 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconimgrinningplz: Thank you! This is exactly what I needed!
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ShawtJyrarph363 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This doesn't seem to work for me, can you still make them without the script?
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:iconjessica94ere:
jessica94ere Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
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 ...
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:iconroxiful:
roxiful Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
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 :)
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:iconhozbebsgame:
hozbebsgame Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
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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:iconkirstie-elizabeth:
kirstie-elizabeth Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice.
Although I can't seem to find it anywhere and I've refreshed my scripts...?
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fence-post Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
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.

Art
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kirstie-elizabeth Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist 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.
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fence-post Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
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.

Art
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:iconrelhom:
relhom Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!
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scarlettveith Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008   Digital Artist
Cool! Thanks for this! :D
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
You're welcome!
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:iconmichaelsboost:
michaelsboost Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a brush for this
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
ok.
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:iconmichaelsboost:
michaelsboost Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you post a tut on how to make scripts, cause I'm itching to learn how???
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
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.

Art
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michaelsboost Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Hobbyist 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.
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coreper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
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!
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Glad you like it! Thanks!

Art
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
too bad i can't Super-Favorite this... :S
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:iconneedcoffee:
needcoffee Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Great!

ps: works with 2.5.x (linux), too.
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Thank you!
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BLUE-F0X Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice update.
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Thanks! I've made one more improvement that removes a "halo" from the edges of the sunburst. Try redownloading.
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:iconmistertreat:
MisterTreaT Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Another job well done.
I wish I had the patience/attention span to do things like this... I envy you sir.
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Thanks! I'm having WAY too much fun! I've made one more improvement that removes a "halo" from the edges of the sunburst. Try redownloading.
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:iconthemesshall:
TheMessHall Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008   Interface Designer
Great script, thank you :)
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
You're welcome!
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:iconlordhelmchen:
LordHelmchen Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
cool script ^^
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Thank you!

Art
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:iconbrandmaier:
brandmaier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
yay - so long I've been waiting for this script
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Glad you like it!
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
nice script!
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
Thanks!
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
could it also be possible to choose where you want the lines to gather, instead of the defaul middle?
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Ultimately, that's my goal. Here's what the script description states:

"The defaults work pretty well on most size images, but anything above 1024 X 768 or so, the center point gets offset. I don't quite understand all the math behind the script, but ultimately, I want to be able to add an option where the user can set the center point."
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
oh ok
make sure you let us know when you manage to get that option!
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
The new, retro script is available which lets you choose where to put the center of the "sunburst". Have fun and let me know if you run into any snags with it.

A
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
wow
thanks!
ill download it right now!
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:iconfence-post:
fence-post Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
You're welcome. I've made one more improvement that removes a "halo" from the edges of the sunburst. Try redownloading.
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thanks!
I love the script!
One thing keeps bothering me though:
When I want to add 23 or more stripes on a 400*300 px image, I get a layer filled with the selected FG color. Maybe it is a good idea to draw some kind of outline off the lines, so you will keep the lines-effect, even if you use more than 22 lines...?
Let me know what you think.
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fence-post Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Will do, but I actually may have to figure out a completely new way to do it because I can't seem to get my brain around the programming the original script writer used. Not that he did anything wrong, but it's just really complex. But, who knows?!
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:iconcoreper:
coreper Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
?
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a2j3 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Great work fence. :#1:

:hug:
Jo
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Thanks, Jo!
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:iconphotocomix-resources:
Oh to be pedantic Xtns menu as convenction is for script that create a new image, meaning here that they don't require a imagine open, but they just create a new one.

So maybe Filter/render/ may be a more correct location for the menu entry
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Actually, I've given the correct menu location. The reference to the Xtns Menu is to show folks how to refresh their scripts after saving them.

I'll be modifying the script so that it add a new layer and fills it with the selected colors. Thanks for the suggestion.

Art
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:iconphotocomix-resources:
You are right i overlook a line of your comment.
you place the script exactly where should be
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:iconphotocomix-resources:
Cool script, i like it you started from few time to wrote script, but you have a clear idea of which script may be useful.

I read Fingolfin objection but that may be said for all script, that basically are created to automatize manual operation, so well they can even push to be lazy, but that is up to the users

Only one question you said that user has to create a new transparent layer before run the script, but why?

I mean will be no possible for the script as very first operation add that transparent layer that is needed?
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Glad you like it! Actually, fingolfin was just kidding....ya gotta scroll down to the bottom of his post to see that he really likes it. He was just playing with me! ;)
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