Gimp Tutorial: Paths – The Basics (Vector Art Series Part 1)

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Please comment and rate videos – this will help other people find them by ranking them higher…it takes a second 🙂 — The basics of drawing using the paths tool. This is part one of an on-going series of tutorials on creating Vector Art. This one is particularly basic, but you gotta learn to walk before you run, eh? My aim over the series is to teach you the skills needed to create the sort of vector art you can see all over, on various web designs and in the awe-inspiring video linked to here: (Some deviantart: Shortcut keys: b = paths tool shift+click handles = symetrical handle manipulation ctrl+click on end anchor = join paths ctrl+click (on the line)= create new anchor mid-line shift+ctrl+click on anchor = delete anchor Please have some patience with this series…it will need a lot of tutorials, but it’ll be worth it in the end! I should also point out that I am not an accomplished vector artist (yet). I have been figuring this stuff out for a week or so…as I learn more I will pass it on to you guys. I AM NOT AN EXPERT! I hope you enjoy the series, and please comment or mail me with any queries it may generate.


itsIsaacofOhio says:

oh god i never new how to select to a closed path, that helps sooooooo much!!! for my vector at least.

86controlagent says:

“I’m gonna assume you know nothing.”

That, my friends, is what makes a good tutorial.

86controlagent says:

Literally the only reason I downloaded GIMP and am watching this video

PrinzessanNana says:

Exactly the same reason why I’m watching it. 😉
But it’s really useful. 😀

andybeta404 says:

^ yes! xD

MrChristurley says:

ive already added the shadow i wanted to add and i cant figure out how to remove the path from the picture

MrChristurley says:

anyone know how to get rid of the path from the picture when your done with it?

Carl Towns says:

G’day Mate! It’s been a while since you posted this but knowledge is timeless. Thanks for simple, metered (as opposed to break neck speed) instruction. I used to use Coreldraw X3 when I had a vinyl graphics company, but it was $400 USD. Now I am finding myself needing a good graphics program to do vector art and I find Gimp is pretty awesome. Thanks a lot! Gimp is conceptually different than Coreldraw but I an leaning towards Gimp as being superior. Anywho! Thanks again! HOOROO!!

gallifreyentimelord says:

alot of people do

Pikamander2 says:

Don’t use GIMP for making ponies. For vectoring, Inkscape is superior in every way.

Asfian11 says:

Stroke path isnt working for me D:

Alexander Graymark says:

Hahahahahaha. Me too.

BiGBLUE925 says:

im confused i made a vector from my drawing of johnny cash using wintopo freeware. now its just a bunch of lines that look my drawing. if you could help i would so so much appreciate.

Tearahk696 says:

Heck yeah! /)

sbb85 says:

excellent stuff, learnt a lot

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susan devy says:

thanks ! I never knew path tool can do this trick

dlanornoz says:

Thx!! Usefull!!!

Kagamine Rin says:

omg thanksss

TomoyoTatar says:

thanks for video ^_^

nameisistasue says:

Great Mate, helped 2 undastand them fiddly anchor points
Thanx x

cstumpism says:

link rot 🙁

kalabog76 says:

or you can check on the channels (mask?). Mine turned out that I’ve been stroking path or selection but the layer was the channel.

malgalin says:

@Whimsion321 I am from the UK (Essex) and have a British (Estuary) accent.

kalabog76 says:

check your active layer.  you maybe painting onto invisible layer maybe?

Whimsion321 says:

Why is everyone from Texas and everyone has a British accent?

Ahahhahaa Alamaa Mamma says:

try to ‘drawr’ it, oh god i luv this kid

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