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Uploaded: December 10, 2010
Artist: Kilian
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 14
Updated: December 11, 2010
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Well this is my first Gimp-tut :D i had to upload it in english just for this tut :D so i hope its useful to you and you enjoy coloring your drawings :)

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how to color in gimp

How to Color in Gimp

how to color in gimp step 1

STEP 1.

At first you just have to open your drawing (a scan or something like this) with gimp.
 
how to color in gimp step 2

STEP 2.

Now go to Colors- Adjust Brightness and Contrast and change the bars to the same position as mine. Now you should have your drawing in black. After that make a new Layer, transparent.
 
how to color in gimp step 3

STEP 3.

Now go to the background-layer and delete all unimportant lines. Then go to Select- Bya color. Then click on a black point in your drawing, now your drawing should be selected.
 
how to color in gimp step 4

STEP 4.

Now it should look like this picture. You have to go to the new layer, you made before (in red).
 
how to color in gimp step 5

STEP 5.

Now choose Edit- Fill with FG-Color. Pay attention: Your Foreground color has to be black!
 
how to color in gimp step 6

STEP 6.

Disable the selection. If you now making the background inactivate, you should see your drawing on a transparent background.
 
how to color in gimp step 7

STEP 7.

If you activate the background, you can delete the lines on it. But JUST on the background. The drawing lines in the new layer should rest there!
 
how to color in gimp step 8

STEP 8.

Now work on the new layer. Color your drawing with the pen, the brush and the bucket fill tool. Take your time and do it right. Use the colors you want, you also have to add any shading-parts.
 
how to color in gimp step 9

STEP 9.

Now use the blur. Switch the rate to 100% and blur all the point where two colors or more are mixed. For example the shadow-parts. Don't blur the black lines!
 
how to color in gimp step 10

STEP 10.

Now duplicate the layer (Layer- duplicate Layer) and work on the new layer ( the one above). Now choose Filters, Blur- Gaussian Blur. Put the data to 4px and push ok.
 
how to color in gimp step 11

STEP 11.

Go to the unblured layer and choose Select- by color and click on a black part again. Now the black outlines should be selected again.
 
how to color in gimp step 12

STEP 12.

Change to the first layer (the duplicated layer)and go to Edit- Fill with FG Color. Black has to be the FG-color again.
 
how to color in gimp step 13

STEP 13.

Now you can disable the selection and the outlines should be re-tightened. Now make a right-click on the first layer (the duplicated layer) and select 'merge down'. Now your layer are combined.
 
how to color in gimp step 14

STEP 14.

Now you can make any background you want to. I hope you had fun working with gimp :)