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GIMP Grunge Background Tutorial

    • 1). Download and install grunge brushes for GIMP. Visit a website where they have free grunge brushes for GIMP, such as free-brushes.com or DeviantArt.com and download the brush files. Then use your file manager to drag the file into the "brushes" folder inside the GIMP folder. Do this while GIMP is not running, or restart GIMP when you're done so you can see the brushes.

    • 2). Click on the "File" menu in GIMP and select "New" to create a new file. Set the dimensions to the size you desire. You can either make a tiled background, which is a smaller swatch that will repeat across the page, or a full page background that does not repeat. A full page background may have edges that are distinctly different than the rest of the page, which is typical of grunge backgrounds.

    • 3). Fill the page with the color of your choosing using the Paint Bucket tool and setting the foreground color to the color you want.

    • 4). Choose the paint brush tool and select one of the grunge brushes in the tool options. Click on the brush tip chooser and pick the brush tip you want. Select a color using the color for the brush image. It works well to pick a much darker or much lighter version of your main background color.

    • 5). Make a new layer by clicking on the "Add Layer" icon in the Layers dock.

    • 6). Click anywhere in the image with the brush tool. Repeat this as many times as you want, with as many different brushes as desired. Use large grunge brushes or increase the size of the brush tip in the brush tool options to give a grungy texture to large sections of the page. Apply smaller grungy design elements to any location in the page. Repeat with another color if desired.

    • 7). Click on the "Map" option in the "Filters" menu of GIMP and select "Make Seamless" from the menu that pops to the side. This is an optional step, if you want to make a seamless tiled background.

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