Creating a Metallic Ribbon in GIMP

It’s possible to create a nifty metallic ribbon for cards, animations, or anything else you like in GIMP with just the path tool, and the blend tool. Create large droopy bows. Build elaborate rows of ribbons. Fill them with psychedelic gradients. These ribbons are easy to create once you have some practice.

1. Click on the “Path Tool” in the tool box. Outline one side of the ribbon with the path tool.  

2. Click on each line segment in the ribbon outline and pull it to curve the line. Stop when you’ve created a nice curved shape.

3. Press enter to create a selection from the path you’ve outlined.

4. Click on the “Blend Tool” in the tool box. It looks like a square with a gradient from black to white.

5. In the options menu for the blend tool, click on the gradient button and select a metallic blend from the pre-loaded blends. This ribbon is made using “Metallic Something”.

6. Click and drag the cursor across the curved selection. Release the left click button and the blend tool will fill the selection with the metallic blend. Pull the cursor in any direction over the selection to create the impression that light is striking the selection from that direction.

7. Repeat steps one through six, creating a completed ribbon. Start with the two ribbon lobes and the center button…

Move onto the tails of the ribbon…

Finish with the ribbon strap.

Have fun with your ribbons. Create large droopy bows. Build elaborate rows of ribbons. Fill them with psychedelic gradients. These ribbons are easy to create once you have some practice.

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Posted by Hope in Drawing, Featured Articles, Special Effects, Tips & Tricks on 12 12th, 2012 | no responses
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