Gimp Software: Making Shapes

In Gimp software, the path tool is a powerful tool, which uses smooth mathematical curves instead of your own shaky mouse trails. It makes complex selections specifying certain points that are connected together by a curve. If you would want to make a box, you would specify four points, one for each corner of this box. Note that corners must not be 90 degrees. Immediately after your fourth point, press and hold the control key, then click on the first point to close the path. Remember, you can also use paths to create polygonal shapes if you do not pull out the handles.

Step 1: Have the Software Ready to Use

You must have the Gimp software installed and your PC and ready to use. If you come across any issues in your installation, make sure that you firewall is turned off and try again. Now, open the Gimp software by double clicking on its icon on the desktop and or by clicking on start followed by all programs. Then, locate it in the menu.

Step 2: Create Image

You should create an image for your project by making the size 256x256 pixels, and on the type option, choose RGB. Note the background should remain white. The dock has the layer tab and optional paths tab; this includes undo, layers, channels and paths. The tabs may also use image, followed by dialogs, then layers-and-image, dialogs and lastly paths.

Step 3: Create Left Side of the Shape

You will create a transparent layer and name it left-side so that you will know which layer you are working on. Check the layers dialog in order to keep this layer active. Alternatively, you can click on the layer’s name to keep it selected. Take the path tool and create a shape that will resemble one side of the box.

Next, choose a color for the gradient. Preferably choose white to be your foreground color, and dark red as your background if you want to make the box red. Start from the top left of the selection, and drag the gradient far down to the right.

Step 4: Create Right side

Create a new layer, and give it the name right-side. By using the path tool, try creating the other side of the block and then select it. Now, select the tool for gradient and still keeping the chosen colors, start from the left and go to near the selection’s lower right corner creating your gradient. This will give a gradient that is darker for the shadowy side.

Step 5: Create the Top Side

Make the top side and give it the name top-side. Then, pull a gradient to the right from left. If the shading has come out right, you can have the image flattened. This lightens the dark colors a bit.

Step 6: Merge Layers Together

Now, you can choose image, followed by flatten image in order to have the layers merged together. You can now save the image, and you will be left with a perfectly shaded cube.