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cuyler_morgan asked me how to crop and resize this pic in GIMP:



Step 1:

Open your picture:


In the toolbar, click on the rectangle select tool.


Step 2:

Drag the rectangle over the picture in the spot you want, making sure to keep the dimensions exactly even:


For example, I dragged the corner carefully around until I got 190x190 in the bottom of the window. northern_star reminds me that you can also press and hold the SHIFT key after you start dragging, and the selection will stay completely square.

Step 3:

Go to Image--> Crop to Selection.


Your image should now look like this:


There is also a Crop Tool, which you might like to use better. saavikam77 says: I actually use the crop tool to crop. Just click and hold where you want the upper left corner to go, drag until you have a square selection, and let go. Click anywhere inside the selection, and voila! :) Cropped.

Step 4:

Resize the image by going to Image-->Scale Image:


In the dialogue box that pops up, change the width to 100, and make sure the link is still connected. Press Tab on your keyboard, and the height will automatically change to 100:


Your picture is now cropped and resized:


Now, that looks a bit oversharpened to me. Sometimes this happens when resizing a picture. I like to Filter-->Blur one time before resizing, and then Filter-->Enhance-->Sharpen after resizing. This gives me this look instead:



In the end, that's really up to you! Hope this helped. :)

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cricketgrl
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I see more and more people using Gimp lately. I should totally DL it just to check it out. :D

Thank you for the tut. i'm really horrific at making icons D:
htbthomas
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
It's really powerful once you learn how to use it! It really confuses people at first though. Feel free to click my tutorial tag to get started, I think my tuts are pretty simple.

What do you use now?
saavikam77
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
I actually use the crop tool to crop. Just click and hold where you want the upper left corner to go, drag until you have a square selection, and let go. Click anywhere inside the selection, and voila! :) Cropped.

Thanks for the tip about sharpening and blurring. I've done several icons where I would like to have done that.
htbthomas
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
I've used the crop and the resize tool to do these jobs, too -- but for some reason I like using the selection tool! However, I'll add your info to that part of the tutorial, just in case she likes that better, too. :)

I can't remember who told me to do the blur/sharpen thing, but it really helps when the icon is oversharpened! :)
cuyler_morgan
Aug. 10th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!! Lol, I honestly love you
htbthomas
Aug. 10th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Love you back! ♥

I'd love to see some icons that you cropped and resized this way. :)
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