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Bill Gill

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  10:38:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This post is separate so it won't distract from the Crew Lounge Season's Greetings thread.

Some of you may have read on the forums that I use GIMP (a free, open source program similar to PhotoShop) for a number of model RR projects ranging from editing photos for magazine articles to creating background scenes and "Letterbashing" computer fonts to replicate hand painted lettering for signs http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45147&whichpage=1

This year's NEB&W holiday card is an example of how useful and versatile GIMP can be. The card began with a neat photo of an autumn scene on the NEB&W featuring the covered bridge at Bartonsville, VT taken by member James Lauser a couple years ago.

Using GIMP, James' photo and 8-9 photos I took around my neighborhood, his original image was transformed into a fantasy wintery scene for this year's card:

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  10:50:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Bill!

Love the tree on the auto and the snow piles on the engine. Very artistic!

in Michigan

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  12:52:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very nice Bill. Merry Christmas.



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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  1:00:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Donít be too modest. Thereís a lot going on there the get your ideas from in your head, thru the GIMP program and onto Ďpaperí or more properly, into pixels.

Well done.

Karl Scribner
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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  1:21:17 PM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Very nice Bill,
Your work with Gimp is amazing.
Merry Christmas!

David Guffey

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  1:29:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill, that looks fabulous!
great work in piecing that winter image all together.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  1:40:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice, Bill!
Merry Christmas!

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Bill Gill

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  3:05:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Pete, Bob & Karl!
Thanks, Dave - I like the challenge of trying to get GIMP to do things I haven't seen it used for previously. There were a couple new ideas tried out here.
Thanks, Greg & Jeff!

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Carl B

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  4:14:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've had Gimp for years and haven't used many of these features, but I'll be looking at it more closely now! Thanks, and well done Bill!

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Frank Palmer

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  5:04:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The older I get the Gimpier I get.

Very cool Bill. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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Bill Gill

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  7:09:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Carl. There's lots of GIMP features I haven't tried either. Just like anything new to me It took fiddling with to see how to make it do what I wanted, but then some of it felt natural.
"Very cool Bill. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr." Thanks, Frank, coming from someone living in Florida and whose Christmas card has people at the beach, that means a lot :)

Edited by - Bill Gill on 12/15/2017 9:12:56 PM

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Posted - 12/15/2017 :  7:45:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great Christmas Card Bill. Excellent work. The moon must have been out on one of those outdoor pictures you took.

Merry Christmas.



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Bill Gill

Posted - 12/15/2017 :  9:12:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"The moon must have been out on one of those outdoor pictures you took." Bernd

Thanks! Yes it was a small part of a shot taken on a walk a couple years ago, before I fiddled around with it for this project.

Edited by - Bill Gill on 12/15/2017 9:16:38 PM

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Crew Chief

Posted - 12/16/2017 :  01:40:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"baby its cold outside " , very nÓce

merry christmas

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Posted - 12/16/2017 :  08:07:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautifully done, Bill!

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Michael Hohn

Posted - 12/16/2017 :  09:32:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Iím told by a coworker who returned from Syracuse that this is the way NY looks right now. Hopefully, the car in the scene doesnít have far to go.

Beautiful work.

Have a great holiday!


Nobody living can ever stop me, as I go walking that freedom highway -- Woody Guthrie

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