GIMP For iOS? Follow up

Just a quick follow up to our latest post, about the possibility of GIMP for iOS. Since I obviously can’t use GIMP on my iOS devices, I’m going to tell you what I use instead of GIMP.

I use a free app available on the AppStore called Pixlr Photo Express+ for most of my editing. For the few things I don’t use Pixlr for, I use an app called Aviary. In general I would say that Pixlr is much better. The only thing I don’t like about Pixlr is that there is no free select tool like there is in GIMP.

There is An app called Adobe Photoshop Touch (I don’t have it, maybe I will get it soon), but it is pricey at $9.99, but it does have a free select tool. (It has pretty much all the features of Photoshop.)

Photogene is similar but only $2.99, but it does not support layers. It does, however, have FTP export, something that Photoshop touch does not have. Overall, I would say that Photoshop touch is better, judging from it’s specs.

-The Editor
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Tutorial: Deadliest Soccer Ball

I’ve gotten several positive answers to my question as to whether I should make a tutorial about how I made my, “Deadliest Soccer Ball,” and so I decided to make one. I got one comment saying, “YES!YES!YES!” So, here we go:

The soccer picture that I used can be downloaded for free at

For the mouth, I just went to Google Images and searched for “lion roaring” to get my picture. However, if you want the exact picture that I used, click here. Just right-click the picture and click “Save Image” or “Save Image As” to save it to your computer. (If you’re wondering why I used a different link for this image, just look at the URL after you click the link. It is HUGE.)

Before we start on the actual picture, let’s get a few things straight. First of all, I create the “Deadliest Soccer Ball” picture using GIMP. (It can be downloaded for free at However, GIMP is very similar to Adobe Photoshop, so if you have Photoshop, don’t worry, this tutorial should work just fine for you. Second, I don’t have the video add-on for my blog, so that is why this is a picture tutorial instead of a video. Third, if you feel like you missed something, check the text in the tutorial. I am not putting a picture for every little step, so some things will be in the text. I have, however, put pictures for all of the more complicated steps. I am assuming in this tutorial that you have a basic understanding of how GIMP works. Without further ado, let’s start editing!

First, open your soccer picture in GIMP (or Photoshop). Then go to your file menu and go to “Open as Layers” and open your lion picture.

Make sure your lion is facing the right way. If not, use your flip tool and click the lion picture to turn it the right way. Next, use your free select tool and carefully click all around the mouth and select it. Then in your Layer dialogue right click on the lion layer and click “Add Layer Mask”

The following menu should open:
The settings are good as long as “White (full opacity)” is selected.¬† Make sure that’s the case, then click “Add.”

Then right-click on the lion layer again and click “Apply Layer Mask.”

Next, go to your Select menu at the top of the window and click “Invert.” Next, on your keyboard press the x key while holding down ctrl. (I don’t know what the Photoshop keyboard shortcut for this command is…) now you should just have the mouth. Make sure that no other part of the lion picture still exists. Go into the Select menu again, and click “None.” Now use your move tool to move the lion picture around to check if any parts of it besides the mouth¬† are still around. If there are, get your rectangle select tool and roughly select the area. Then press x while holding down ctrl to remove the selected area (if it deletes part of the soccer picture too, look in your layers dialogue and make sure that you are applying the delete to the lion layer).

Now use your move, rotate, and scale tools to position the mouth on the soccer ball. This is what it should look like now:

Now, this part is more detailed, so make sure to pay close attention. Go into your layers dialogue and select the soccer ball layer. Your layers dialogue should look like this:

Now get your clone stamp tool and ctrl click anywhere on the grass. Start painting over the soccer ball. Try to clone from similar areas, i.e. if you are cloning the grass to the area of the ball where the blurred grass is, clone blurred grass. Try cloning from different parts of the grass until you get it looking the way you want. I recommend using a fuzzy brush for this.
OK, this looks pretty good. If you want, you can also clone the silver parts of the ball to cover up the logos, like this:

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Feel free to comment, tell me how it went…

Until next time,
The Editor.