Thursday, January 28, 2010

Art 101

As much as I love running around naked, it’s just not always practical. There are times when you just have to let someone else have a turn. On this particular day our model did not show up and I was not fast enough to volunteer!

This is actually a class in GIMP the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It’s similar to Adobe Photoshop and free to download (google it) and while i haven’t completed all the assignments yet, I’d thought I’d share my first few with you.  Yeah, I already know my way around Photoshop, but I have my reasons for wanting to learn about GIMP too.

So this was Assignment #1, Take a picture, save it to your hard disk, and upload it to SL. By this time in the class our model had arrived, lovely isn’t she? Since I use Emerald I get to play with a lot of Windlight presets that come with the viewer. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what preset this is, I tend to flip through them till I find one I like, and almost never remember to write the name down.

Assignment #2 was a little freeform. We had to read the tutorial, then crop one of our own images to 8 ½ by 11 ratio (or as I did, 11 by 8 ½.)  I went behind the school building to the beach and played with Windlight some more. I think it turned out rather well. I used a subtle face light to illuminate my model (me) and only needed a minor adjustment to the color levels The cuffs are by Bondage Witch and I love them. I’m not so fond of the collar, but the cuffs are so pretty I put up with it.

I’m still working on assignment #3, it’s a little more involved and my first couple of attempts have not been very good. Hey, it’s a learning process. I’ll share it soon.


  1. I would LOVE to be a photographer for you, Zimmi.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed the class, dear. Looking forward to seeing the rest of you assignments. Its only ashame you didn't let your fellow art lovers know where it is and who runs it. :)