Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Flower Script - how-to

How To Make Your Own Flowers (or Snowflakes!) With Joel's Abstract-Flower Script

1) You'll need to have a copy of the free GNU Image Manipulation
Program (GIMP).  You can get it from

2) Once you have the GIMP installed on your computer, create a file
that has the script text in it and call it something like

3) Put that file in your GIMP scripts directory (on my computer, with
the default install, that directory is C:\Program
Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts )

4) Start up the GIMP

5) Create a new image.  This is going to be your petal, which will be
repeated around a circle when you run the script.  (You'll probably
want to create it with a transparent background so that it can easily
be incorporated into other things).  Draw on the image with the
paintbrush or (probably for better results at least getting started)
the pencil tool

6) When you're ready to try making a flower, go up to the Filters
menu, then down to Extensions, and click "Abstract Flower"

7) Tell it how many pixels you want your image to be moved out from
the center of the flower that will be created

8) Tell it how many petals you want the flower to have

9) Click okay and watch the fun animation of the rotation progress bars

10) Admire the nifty result

11) (optional) Merge all visible layers so that you're left with one
that contains the entire flower image

12) (optional) Repeat steps 5 - 12, get a feel for how it works, and
make awesome designs!


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