Swiss Army Knife

Posted by mikethedj4
Created Feb 1, 2011
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Learn how to create a easy, and simple swiss army knife, with just some gradients.




Today we're going to create a very simple swiss army knife, as seen in the preview image I made below.
swissarmyknife.png

Now we're not gonna go as deep as I did in that result, cause we're just doing something simple today.

So first off before we start this project make sure you have the Layer Effects Script from the GIMP Plugin Registry installed.

Now to begin out project we need to make a new project. (The dimensions don't matter, but I just used the default one)

Select your Rectangle Select Tool "R" and make sure you have rounded corners checked in your toolbox, and bring the slider all the way to 100.
swissarmyknifetut1.png

Make a new layer, name it "base" and make a selection you feel would be good for a swiss army knife, and then change your foreground color (FG) to #f95c4c, and your background color (BG) to #450101. Now grab your gradient tool (aka Blend Tool) "L" and make a gradient going down as seen below...
swissarmyknifetut2.png

Now make a new layer, and make your FG color white (#FFFFFF), and your BG color black (#000000) then grab your Paths Tool "B" and make a selection you think would be good for the knife...
swissarmyknifetut3.png

Now fill that selection in with a gradient going down, however make sure the bottom is kind of grayish. After you've done that, name that "New Layer" you're on "knife", and make another new layer, and name this one "indent". Then make a selection where you would stick your nail inside the knife in order to bring it out, like a real one has.
swissarmyknifetut4.png

Fill that selection in with black, and set the opacity of the indent layer to 70%.

You could repeat the process for the knife on the bottom of the "swiss army knife" but what would be faster is merge the indent layer into your knife layer, then duplicate it, and grabbing your Flip Tool "SHIFT+F" flip it horizontally and then vertically. You then wanna grab your Move Tool "M" and begin moving that "knife copy" layer, and if you hold CTRL while moving it you can get it right on the original "knife" layers vertical axis so you can have it directly centered with the swiss army knife it'self, and once you're done merge that layer down, and yours should look something like this...
swissarmyknifetut5.png

Cause the light source of our swiss army knife is on the top we need to select the bottom knife, and go to Colors/Brightness/Contrast and bring the brightness down, as seen below...
swissarmyknifetut6.png

Now select your "base" layer and go to Script-Fu/Layer Styles/Bevel and Emboss, and make sure to change "outer bevel" to "inner bevel" and leave the settings as default, then hit ok.
swissarmyknifetut7.png

Your swiss army knife should look like this so far.
swissarmyknifetut8.png

Notice you have two layer masks, merge thoughs together and go to Filters/Blur/Gaussian Blur, and give it a 30px blur.
swissarmyknifetut9.png

Press CTRL+F to repeat that filter, and then right click your "base" layer and click "Alpha To Selection" now select your "base-shadow" layer and go to Select/Invert "CTRL+I" and then hit delete.
swissarmyknifetut10.png

We now just made a very easy, and simple swiss army knife, you can then begin tweaking this however you want by adding screws, logos, etc: etc:

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