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Old 03-21-2010, 02:53 PM
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Default How to make a beam using GIMP. ~Requested by abbeyadorable9215~ COMPLETED

Ok so this is how you make a beam using GIMP 2.6, as requested by Abbey.

Okay so~

1.) Open up GIMP. (Obviously)
2.) Open the picture you want to have a beam around.
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3.) Add a new layer.
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Here's what the new layer should look like:
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4.) Select the "Paths tool."
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5.) Create a path around your pic, curving where necessary. (This part takes practice.)

NOTE~ Make sure you are on the "new layer!" Click the image to open in full size.

6.) "Stroke path." Make sure you use the paintbrush.
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This is how it should look so far: Click the image to open in full size.

7.) Go to "Filters", "Alpha to Logo", then "Neon."
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Here's what the neon screen should look like: Click the image to open in full size.

8.) Choose your color. "Glow color." (I'll use pink.)
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Here's how it should look:
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9.) Delete the black layer. Merge the "neon tubes" and "neon glow."
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10.) Use the eraser Click the image to open in full size. and eraser every other line. Make sure you're on the "neon glow" layer.

11.) Merge layer down.
12.) Save.

Here's the result!
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Hope this helps!
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Thank you so much! But do you have any tips to get the beam as circular looking as it is in the picture? Mine looks so much like a triangle.
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You're welcome!

Like I said it just takes practice. But you can make it more round by taking the anchors and expanding them. Like this:
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Ohh!! Okay. That works a lot better now.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:34 PM
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LOL Good. I'm glad!
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Old 03-21-2010, 04:06 PM
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Coolio!!!
That looks really nice!

Here's a better one than the one on the front page:
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awesome!! I have a problem though... for whatever reason, the gimp I have (looks the same and everything as the one you have except) doesn't have the thing for one of the last steps. its the thing that says "merge", the thing that is on, I do not have for whatever reason. is there a way I can put it on? if this is confusing (which it kinda is to me) I will take a pic, and show you what I mean

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Old 03-21-2010, 05:46 PM
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yeah can you do that? LOL
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