I am just getting my teeth into Gimp and am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination! I'm a developer trying to make myself a bit more useful on the design front.

Anyway, I am modifying an image for a friend and I basically need to redraw the image from scratch as all I have is a low res version of the original. This is the image:

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You can see what I am faced with. I have been playing around with the path tool which I can create a love heart with, but I'm struggling with how to recreate the way the love heart in the image tapers to thin. Does anyone have any pointers for how I should go about tackling this type of problem?

Many thanks for any help!

5/10/2011 3:07:00 AM

I would start by blowing up the image you have in order to use it as a template. So I might center your 69x75 px image in say a 76x76 canvas and flatten it. Then I would scale the thing up to final or twice-final size, preferably by an integral amount (200%, 300%, etc), like to 1520x1520. You will then have a dirty image to "trace".

I'd put a blank white layer underneath it for viewing when you hide the template. Then start work with new fully transparent layers above these two layers. You can use the path tool to make paths for, say, the lower half of the "heart" by laying the path along the edge of your template image, making it nice and smooth and checking how it really goes by temporarily hiding your template layer.

When the path is good, you could stoke and fill (like Ray says) or more directly, if you have made a closed path, convert the path to a selection by right-clicking the path under the paths tab of the "layers, paths,..." window, and choosing that option from the context menu that appears. With the selection you can fill the red for the tapered lower half heart onto the transparent layer. With the template hidden, you should have one piece of you result. Do similar for the other pieces, and you can flatten everything into final form. Be sure to occasionally make backup files at various stages along the way.

5/10/2011 5:12:00 AM