Ok Firstly This is probably going to be the longest post i will ever make.
Secondly, This will be my first guide to doing anything.
So be prepared for things that don’t make complete sense.
Thirdly I don’t know if there is already one out there so i thought hey why not do something constructive?
This guide is very basic but it should hopefully help people out whether they want to start designing with gimp or just need some help getting their stuff into woot.
(Optional)The Pantone Color Palette ( Unfortunately i don’t remember where i found one, but you don’t necessarily need it. Woot will translate the colours you choose into pantone colours when it prints, but its still nice to have it)
And look at the unofficial derby rules thread as well. has plenty of useful tips and bits of information. Not much point of submitting an entry if it gets rejected straight away?
Oh yeah, read the Help for explanation on how to correctly use gimp and the tools.
Ok here it goes…
Ok lets start with The print ready file. Click File>New. Set the dimensions for your drawing ( i go with 2400 x 3000 /3000 x 2400 to start with depending on whether you want it landscape or portrait.
Then click advance options and change it to 300 dpi.
Now draw your design how you likel using paths or pencil or whatever ( TIP: when using the eraser, make sure to tick hard edge so you don’t get fuzzy edges to your lines) Make sure to keep all the colours on separate layers when colouring in.
Are you done and happy with it ? Good. Now Save it ( if you haven’t already ) And now click Save as and change the file extension from XCF to PSD i.e. Awesomedesign.psd . And Voila!! It’s ready!!
But Wait!! You still have two more things to do !!
For the shirt comp you will need to download the template from the site i mentioned earlier at the begginning of this post ( It’s been a lon time since then ain’t it?) Now open it up and save as an XCF file.
Now choose the shirt colour you want and make it so its the only one visible. Now click > edit >Copy Visible.
Then Click File >New and create a 600 x 600 file with 72 dpi. Paste the shirt in and it will come up with floating selection. make it a new layer. Now. Go back to your Print ready file, make sure all the colour layers you want people to see on the shirt are visible and click copy visible. Now go back to your shirt comp and paste it in making the floating selection a new layer again . Now scale this new layer with your design on so it fits on the shirt ( it needs to show where the design will be placed on the shirt if it gets printed) .
Is it where you want it? Good. Now save it as a normal xcf file ( so you have a back up if it goes wrong ) and then save as a JPG extension .
i.e. shirtcomp.jpg . It will come up with a new window. click export ( if it comes up) and make the slider up to 100 and save Now it should be done!! Now you’re two thirds of the way there!! Way to go!!
Ok now its time for … the design detail !!! This is the design thumnail that you’ll see on the main derby page.
IT MUST BE 250 X 250 IN RESOLUTION AND MUST BE A GIF , JPG , PNG FORMAT).
So create a new file dimensions 250 x 250 with 72 dpi. Now go back to your Print ready File. Using the selection tool create a selection box with dimensions 250x250 and click copy visible from the edit menu . Go back to your thumbnail file and paste it in.
Does it look good? If it doesn’t , experiment with different parts of the design as to which look best. If it looks good, save it as an XCF ( as a backup if it goes wrong) and then follow the steps earlier to save the file as a jpg. Now it should all be ready to submit. Go to the derby page, click submit entry put the files in their respective fields name then submit!!!
If anyone has any comments or feedback or anything, then please reply to this thread.
I know its not that great but i just thought that since there were often a few entries that look like they were done in paint or had no shirt comp or things like that, they could do with a bit of help.