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13 March 2013

How to Make a Pinwheel Pattern

A Gimp 2.8 Tutorial


A pinwheel is defined either as a toy that has a set of thin vanes that are arranged like a fan on the end of a stick and that spin like a wheel when air is blown on them, or as a type of firework that spins like a wheel. A pinwheel pattern is, similarly, a pattern that takes the form of vanes arranged regularly into a circular shape.

This novice-level tutorial describes how to create this pinwheel pattern.


Mallard Wing Pinwheel

from this vane-like image of a wing that was cut from a photo of a Mallard duck.

Mallard Wing


06 March 2013

GIMP Magazine Issue 3


GIMP Magazine Issue 3


News Flash!

GIMP Magazine Issue 3 is now available. You can download it for free, or buy a print or tablet copy.

The featured article this issue is an interview with Andrea Zanovello, a master of HDR photography and short focal length lenses.

Other items include:

  • An article on motion photography by Ian Muttoo
  • An interview with photographer Cyril Bosselut
  • An article on G'MIC, a filter plugin for GIMP
  • The first installment of The Hunt for Wilber comic
  • A tutorial about creating rotoidoscope patterns with G'MIC
  • A tutorial about achieving weird photo effects with layer modes
  • An article that compares various features of GIMP and Photoshop
  • A review of the G'MIC filter plugin
  • A review of The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons: A Field Guide to Japanese Yokai by Matthew Meyer, which he illustrated entirely using GIMP

The three G'MIC-related articles were written / edited by me. This is my debut as a writer in a published work. Be sure not to miss it!