Friday, September 16, 2011

Quick Tip: MyPaint and GIMP Template



I have been working with GIMP a lot lately and also playing with MyPaint. I have seen some very good paintings done with MyPaint and I love the feel of the brushes. But I have always been able to control my canvas size and resolution. But MyPaint doesn't allow you to set either from scratch. This is one method that gets around those issues.

I created a template in GIMP and set the dimensions to what I need.  I left the resolution to 72dpi due to the fact that MyPaint will only save to 72dpi (at this time.)  I can get a good print quality as long as the canvas size is larger than I need. For example, an image with 2400x1332 resolution at 72dpi has a canvas size of 33 x 18.5.  Setting the resolution higher than what you plan to use it for offers the benefits of cleaning up brush strokes. The last two things I do is add a visible border around the edges on a separate layer. I use it as a visual reference when I import it into MyPaint. The last thing is to save it to the OpenRaster format (.ora).

Hope this helps,
Steve

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