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Knotwork Tutorial for Gimp by CryoSphinx Knotwork Tutorial for Gimp by CryoSphinx
:star: Making Knots with Gimp's Path Tool. :star:

I may make another, but I think I pretty much covered everything you need to know to make this style of knots.


Let me know if you find this tutorial useful or confusing. Any questions, comments, or critiques are welcome.

The end result of the knot can be seen here: [link]

And if you are looking for a similar tutorial for Inkscape you can find it here: [link]
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InuyashaRules6596 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im having trouble at the top making the second smaller circle, the first circle always disappears when i start the second
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Paths created from selections are set to invisible by default. Once you've created one, you will have to set their visibility in the Paths window in order to see them on the canvas.

Let me know if this solves the problem.
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InuyashaRules6596 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yay i figured it out :D
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InuyashaRules6596 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay well honestly ive never really worked with that dialog box so is it the same as the eye thing in layers?
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gimpparadies Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
wow - what a great work - can I translate it for [link]
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:iconcryosphinx:
CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure. Just link back to the original and it'll be fine.
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Dawn-Shade Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WHAT?? This is possible in GIMP??
Awesome!! Never thought of it
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:iconcryosphinx:
CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, and it's possible for any other program that uses vectors (like Inkscape) too. :D
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gunnar120 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I'm having insane difficulties at the point where it says; Take the paths tool again, select the circle and add control points where it intersects with the line. Then delete the unwanted points to make it look like the picture on the right.

Please help!
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FPToller Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm having the same difficulties -_- can't seem to work it out at all, would really appreciate your help with this :)
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:iconcryosphinx:
CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you be more specific?
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FPToller Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't work out for the life of me how to get rid of the two lines in the centre of the circle when deleting the control points. The circle just shrinks and flattens the lines but i can't remove them from the middle to get the right shape :/ I hope that's slightly more helpful - maybe not lol!
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you tried erasing the lines before erasing the control points?
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which part? Adding points or deleting the unwanted ones?
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gunnar120 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Nothing, I just had a preset on the wrong selection. I'm good now though. Sorry for bothering you. ._.
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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ken261 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
That's just too cool.
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:iconcryosphinx:
CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh? Cool. I dunno if I plan on doing anything like this anytime soon, but this has taught me some interesting features of GIMP :D
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
VERY VERY cool tut! Thank you! I appreciate the work! I know already how I'll use it too! :D
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:iconcryosphinx:
CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo! Whatcha gonna do? :eager:
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
I'm interested in doing scrimshaw. But, I don't have any micarta ([link] a good ivory substitute) But, I do have a crap load of ceramic tile chips. Was thinking of trying to etch the glazed surface. Not sure how it will work out. But, a Celtic/Viking/tribal knot would be a cool design for one.
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds neat. :D
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Thanks! :D

If it works I'll post some pics on DA. (gotta get some India ink before I can test it out)
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Xecaria Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You make it look simple! I've been drawing Celtic Knots on paper for a while, never thought to do it on Gmip. Good job!
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, but they ARE simple! The hard part is the inspiration. :nuu:

And if you're interested in drawing them up digitally, check out the Inkscape tutorial as well: [link]
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great!!!
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:iconcryosphinx:
CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting... I'll have to save this for future reference.
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bonzaialsatian Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
great tutorial! i've always wondered about a good way to do these :)
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you find this kind of knot work interesting, you should check out my Inkscape tutorial: [link] I find the process to be a bit more intuitive in that program.
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bonzaialsatian Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh cool, thanks. that's really useful :)
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can this be done in photoshop or specificallly gimp? ;)
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't used Photoshop in several years so I can't say for certain, but I think it's possible.
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's good to know. I'd love to try this tut out but I don't want to go through the hassel of getting gimp unless i really need it ;)
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could try Inkscape, it's easy to install and operate, quite robust (and best of all it's free).

Check out my other knot tutorial for it: [link]
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tip and tut i think both will come in handy ;)
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AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow definitely something i wanna try ;)
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ArtemistheCresselia Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;A; That. IS. Amazing. You won the Game, sir.
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :iconfingerdanceplz:
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vveste Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Thank you so much for this tutorial, this is helpful, not only for knots bu in general!
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! And thank you too. :D
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Dweran Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice tutorial! This looks like a good way to get clean, crisp precise knotwork made quickly; I'll have to remember this...
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Dweran Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Btw, I added a link to this in my comments here: [link]
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:iconphilho:
philho Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good work and an impressive result to motivate people! :)
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Nice tut! I use same principle in corel... Thanks for sharing!..and the effort... P.
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Chrysshart Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
very nice. I've heard of GIMP but have never used it. This is a beautiful knot *and* a great tutorial! good job :D
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CryoSphinx Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)

You should try Gimp out, it's pretty good. (And free)
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