Create a Userbar in GIMP


I have seen many beginners make Userbars, and they have been doing things wrong, so here I am to make a guide on making Userbars. Not only will I teach the basic steps of making Userbars, but I will cover color choice, sprite choice, etc.

[1] Making the Userbar
Here are the basic steps of whipping up a Userbar.

Note: This tutorial is made for Gimp, but it is easily converted to PhotoShop

Step 1

Make a new image, 359 x 19 px

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Step 2
Use the blend tool to create a gradient with two colors of your choice.

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Step 3

On a new layer, use the fill tool on Pattern Fill to fill the the layer with the scan line pattern, which you can get here. Set that layer to about 30% opacity

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[spoiler=How to Install ScanLine Pattern]

Step 1
Download the Pattern from the link above

Step 2
Save the file to C:\Documents and Settings\[font=Courier]Your User Account[/font] Name\.gimp-2.[font=Courier]Version Number[/font]\patterns

Step 3
Restart Gimp (or start it if you didn’t have it open)
[/spoiler]

Step 4
On a new layer, use the Elliptical Select Tool and select the top portion of the image, fill it with white and set the layer to about 35% opacity

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Step 5
Now, go to The Spriter’s Resource and get the sprite sheet of your choice. On a new canvas, paste the sheet in and use the rectangle select tool to select the sprite of your choice. Paste it into your Userbar on a new layer, get rid of the background using the fuzzy select tool, and position it

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Step 6
Now, using Visitor TT1, type your text in either black or white size 10 and position it on the opposite side of your sprite

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[spoiler=How to install font]
1. Extract the files out of the .zip file
2. Move the .ttf file to C:\Documents and Settings\[font=Courier]Your User Account[/font] Name\.gimp-2.[font=Courier][Version Number][/font]\fonts
3. Restart Gimp
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Step 7
Now duplicate the Text Layer and move the copy under the original. Go to [font=Courier]Layer>Layer to Image Size[/font] then [font=Courier]Layer>Transparency>Alpha to Selection[/font]. Now go to [font=Courier]Select>Grow[/font] by 1px. Now use the fill tool on [font=Courier]Fill Whole Selection[/font] and fill the selection with the opposite color of your text color.

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Step 8
Now go to Filters>Decor>Add Border with the X & Y size to 1px and the color as black.

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Your final product should turn out like this:

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That’s it on making the Userbar, now we go to color choice

[2] Userbar Color Choice

Userbars may seem simple, they are, but there are things that make your Userbar good or bad. One of those things is Color Choice.

When choosing colors, you want to make the blending flow. By that I mean you don’t want a quick blend that is just, for example, red to black, as it creates a weird effect. Something like blue to a lighter blue would be ideal. You also want something that matches you’re sprite, for example:

Good:
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Bad:
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Notice that the Red/Black one doesn’t look as good as the Blue/Lighter Blue one.

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