Customising Printable Blood Bowl Pitch with GIMP – Changing Colours

This is the first of a few small guides that I will put out to show how to make simple changes to the Blood Bowl pitch that I made. In keeping with the spirit of giving the pitch to the community, I’ll be using GIMP which is also free.

So, the first things that you need to do are…

Get GIMP and install it.

– Download the latest version of HairyPete’s Blood Bowl Pitch XCF file.

Step 1: Open the file. You’ll see something like this…

Step 3

Step 2: Click on the foreground colour at the bottom of the Toolbox.

Step 2Step 3: Pick the colour that you want for the left hand side of the pitch in the Change Foreground Color window and click on OK. The foreground colour in the Toolbox wil change to the colour that you selected.

Step 3Step 4: Select the Bucket Fill tool from the toolbox and make sure that the FG color fill type is used, that the affected area is set to Fill similar colours and that the finding colours settings are unticked and that the thresehold is 0.

Step 4Step 5: Next we need to select the layer that we want to apply the changes to. Select the Layers tab from the dock on the right and select the ‘Left markers bg’ (this is the layer that controls the colours on the left hand side of the pitch).

Step 5Step 6: To change the colour click on a blue section and let the fill tool do the rest.

Step 6Step 7: To change the colour of the right hand side repeat the steps above starting at 2 but select the ‘Right markers bg’ layer in Step 5.

The background of the pitch can be changed in exactly the same way but by selecting the ‘Pitch bg’ layer. I’ll cover making a more complex pitches in another tutorial.

Don’t forget to save your new file at the end.

To create a file that you can submit to a printer you will need to do the following.

Step 1: File -> Export As

Step 2: Select ‘PNG Image’ from the dropwown box where it says ‘All Images’.

Step 3: Select the folder that you want to save the new image to and enter a filename.

Step 4: Click on Export.

Step 5: Adjust the compression level to get a file size that you printer can accept (you want the best quality that you can get) – I’ve used 9 with good results. Set the other settings as the picture below and the click on Export and wait for the process to finish. The new file will be exported to where you set.

Hope this is enough to get you started. I’m only a learner myself so if there is a better way of doing anything that I’ve described then please let me know.

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