How To Create Watercolor Logos with GIMPHow To Create Watercolor Logos with GIMP https://logosbynick.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/gimp-watercolor-logos-1024x602.png 1024 602 Nick Saporito Nick Saporito https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/d9a1bc4f29b2352da1ce14ad033328ab?s=96&d=mm&r=g
In today’s tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use GIMP to create a watercolor logo from a photo of your choosing. The following is just a brief outline of the steps taken to achieve this effect. For complete step-by-step instructions with voice narration, please watch the video tutorial at the top of the page.
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The first step is to open the photo you’d like to reference as the outline for the logo. For this tutorial I’ll be using the following dog photo. You can download a copy of the photo if you’d like to follow along with what I’m doing.
Now we are going to create a new transparent layer on top of the photo and use the Paths tool to create an outline around the subject and fill it in with black.
Next we will open up another image separately for use as the watercolor paint. It is advised that you pick a colorful photo that utilizes all of the colors you’d like included in your logo. The example photo I’m using is linked below.
Now we will use the Oilify filter to make the photo appear as if it were comprised of watercolor (or oil) paint. Based on the photo you’re using, I suggest playing with the settings to get the desired effect just right.
Once that’s set we’ll grab our silhouette from the previous image and place it on top of the floral photo. Make sure to place the silhouette in the exact area that contains the colors you’d like included. You might want to bring down the opacity so you can see what’s directly underneath it, and you’ll probably have to scale and move the layer accordingly.
Now we just have a add a black layer mask to the flower image and fill in the silhouette area with white in order to reveal the watercolors behind it.
To help sell the effect even more, grab the paintbrush, use the Splats 01 brush, and add a couple of brush strokes onto your layer mask to create some paint drops. Make sure you have your foreground color set to white in order for the watercolors to be used.
Once you’ve done that we are pretty much done. You just have to apply the layer mask to finalize the effect, then you can add some text if you’d like, or export it as a transparent PNG so you can work with it in Inkscape or Illustrator.
If you have any questions just leave a comment below, and as always, thanks for watching!
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Hi Michelle, I did not hotlink to the Pixabay site. If you copy the image address you will see that the photo is hosted on my server. I linked to their site to give them credit, but that is not hotlinking. Hotlinking would be if I displayed their image on my site directly from their servers.
would you mind showing us how to preserve
the collar on the dog after it’s a silhouette and make it white or whatever color we want.
I have been trying to figure this out for a while or you possibly have done this in a video
already and I just haven’t found it, if so could you point me toward it because I missed it.