Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Tiptoes Christmas Little Planet


This year's festive jigsaw puzzle is a little different in that its a small planet scene. The image was taken at Dreamers, which offers a great Christmas scene to help immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the season. The location description says,

Bundle up the little ones for a family trip full of winter activities, an advent calendar by Tiptoes, and visit Santa to send a letter to the North Pole!

This jigsaw puzzle is available to download and keep, so you can solve it in your own time, or you can play it below on this page. The downloadable version however is a little more difficult. 


Grab the jigsaw puzzle from Gumroad. Just scroll a little, then add zero for price, and hit the 'I want this' button.


To view the  puzzle here full screen click the icon to the lower right. There are also icons to the lower left that will show a ghost image of the puzzle as well as a thumbnail.


If you like this jigsaw puzzle, then we have more for you here on Gumroad. All are free.


 Enjoy solving this festive jigsaw puzzle, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!

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Merry Christmas Jigsaw 2019

Each year we like to say thank you to all of our blog and Facebook followers by creating a free Christmas themed jigsaw puzzle. The image for this year's puzzle was taken at Pemberly, a very picturesque sim brimming with a wintery and festive atmosphere. The description on Second life Destinations is quite detailed:
Step into a magical wonderland this holiday season, and feel the cold air dance across your face. Warm yourself with a mug of hot cocoa, as the frosted air pinks your cheeks and nose. Step away from the ordinary and feel yourself transform in the festive environment. Walk the winter paths, as you listen to the sounds of the frozen ground crackle under your boots, and lose yourself in the lights. Take a ride on the train, to relax, and to let the environment come to you. Take the ski lift up to the lodge, and warm up next to the crackling fire. Play a game with your loved ones as snow covers the ground outside. Whatever you find yourself doing at 'The Forest' this holiday season, you will surely feel the magic at every turn

Once you've finished exploring Pemberly you can  download the jigsaw puzzle by clicking the Gumroad button below, then play whenever you like.

Alternatively the puzzle can be played below. To view fullscreen, click the icon at the bottom right of the puzzle. 

Whether you decide to play the puzzle here, or download and keep it, we hope it brings you lots of fun. If so, grab more of our puzzles on Gumroad.

To have your location or venue highlighted as a SL-Inspiration jigsaw puzzle, and shared with the Second Life community, send a notecard with details and a landmark to Lusus Saule.

Finally, we'd like to wish all of our followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we thank you for all of your support!


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Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle 2018

For the past three or four years, each Christmas SL-Inspiration has created a free jigsaw puzzle using a Second Life location as the subject. This year we're pleased to continue that tradition with an image taken at Snow Falls, which as the name suggests offers a wintery and scenic view full of opportunities to take festive snapshots, along with a garden and gacha archade.

Once you've downloaded a copy of the free jigsaw puzzle, simply unzip it and click on the jigsaw icon to start playing. This year we've included a festive tune to listen to as you solve the puzzle. As always, the file is stored on Google Drive which scans items for malware so you can be sure the download is safe, although if you prefer an embedded version of the jigsaw can be played on this page. If you find the jigsaw image below is too small click on the icon in the lower right corner to maximize the view.

We hope you'll enjoy solving this jigsaw puzzle, and you'll have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year!!!

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How To Create A Christmas Wreath In Inkscape

Producing festive graphics is all part of the holiday season for many designers and artists so in this tutorial we'll show you  how to create a Christmas wreath in Inkscape. The initial steps may seem a little involved, but after a little preliminary work the wreath quickly takes shape.

By following this tutorial you'll learn how to add a shape to a path, select multiple paths and join them with the Union tool, as well as rotate items accurately with the Transform tool, and at the end of all that, you'll have your very own Christmas wreath to decorate.

Creating The Christmas Wreath In Inkscape

1/ To make Inkscape a little easier to use for this tutorial there's a few things I prefer to do before starting. Select File > Document Properties (Shift + Ctrl = D) to open the above window. Under the Page tab deselect Show page border.

2/ Now under the Snap tab drag the top slider all the way to the left. This will stop the edges of two items from snapping together. Often this leads to edges overlapping and looking bad.

These two steps aren't essential for this tutorial but they're steps I prefer to employ.

Adding A Shape To A Path

Adding a shape to a path is a  technique that comes in handy for other projects so is useful to know and keep in mind.

3/ Select the circle tool and hold down Ctrl and Shift as you drag out the shape so its perfectly round. The circle should have a fill colour but no stroke.

4/ With the circle selected hit Path > Object to Path (shift + Ctrl + C). Inkscape will now recognise the circle as a vector object rather than a shape.

5/ When selecting the paths edit tool (shaded in blue in the above image) the circle will now display four nodes. Select the one to the left and delete it by hitting the icon highlighted in blue.

Now select each node in turn and hit the icon highlighted in red. This will make each node a corner, although you may need to drag in the handles to get a well defined shape.

If you're not sure what each of the node tools do, whilst you're selecting the 'Make selected nodes corners' tool, hover the cursor over each to bring up a tool tip message. This will explain the name of each node tool and what they do.

6/ The circle we started with should now look something like the image above.

7/ Select the node to the right then hold down Ctrl  and drag it further to the right to form the shape above. This shape will be added to a path in a few steps time.

8/ Using the Bezier tool create a line that looks something like the line in the image above. The angle in the line is created by clicking at that point whilst drawing the line.

If you're unsure which is the Bezier tool, hover your cursor over each of the tools to the left of the Inkscape window and a tool tip will appear with the name of the highlighted tool.

9/ With the Paths editing tool selected click on the central node and then select the 'Make selected nodes symmetric' icon. Drag the handles of the central node to form a gentle curve, similar to the above image.

10/ Now select the elongated triangle shape we created then hit Edit > Copy. Now select Path > Path Effects (Shift + Ctrl + 7).

11/ The Path Effects panel will now be docked to the right of the Inkscape window. Hit the plus sign (highlighted in red).

12/ The above window will now open. Scroll down to the Pattern Along Path option and click Add.

13/ The docked Paths Effects panel will now look like the above image. As you can see the Pattern Along Path option has been added along with a few options.

Remember we copied the triangle shape we created. To add it to our line, make sure the line is selected then hit the clipboard icon (highlighted above in red) to paste it.

14/ The path we created with the bezier tool should now look like the above image. If your path shows just an outline use the Fill tool to create a solid path. You may also need to remove the stroke if the path has one.

The elongated triangle shape can now be deleted.

The width of the path can be changed by either using the option in the Path Effects panel (highlighted in blue in step 13), or by dragging the handle that appears as a small circle to the bottom of the path. Drag the handle gently in very small increments or the path will alter dramatically.

15/ If you need to, use the nodes at the top and in the middle of the path to smooth out the curve and make it less acute.

We have now completed adding the shape to the path, and we can use this to build up our Christmas wreath.

Uniting Multiple Paths To Form One Object

16/ By duplicating the path we have created and using the Unite Paths tool we can build up the appearance of a fir tree sprig to create the wreath with.

To begin with we'll need to rotate the path from its base, so we'll need to change the centre of rotation. Do this by clicking twice on the shape with the Selection tool, so the rotation arrows are visible.

Around the centre of the shape is a small cross hairs (highlighted in red, above). Click on this, and whilst holding down the left mouse button, drag it to the bottom of the shape. The shape will now rotate from this point and make it much easier for use to fan out a few copies.

17/ With the shape selected hit Edit > Duplicate (Ctrl D). Click on the path twice so the rotation arrows are visible, then grab and drag a corner arrow to rotate the path. Duplicate and rotate about five paths until you have something similar to the above.

18/ Drag your cursor over all of the shapes you've created then duplicate them. Before deselecting anything hit the Flip Horizontally button (highlighted in red, above).

19/ Making sure you still have the duplicate set of shapes selected, position them to form the shape above.

20/ Once the shapes are in place deselect them then drag your cursor over all the shapes so everything is selected. Go to Path > Union (Ctrl + +).

21/ Now all of the shapes have been joined to form one path. Thats pretty much the intricate work done and creating the wreath will now become much quicker.

Adding Colour

22/ To complete the appearance of a fir tree sprig we'll colour a number of duplicates of the unified path, starting with a light green for the first one, then use progressively darker  greens for each duplicate path. Altogether there will be four paths, so four different shades of green.

Select the path then hit Object > Fill And Stroke (Shift + Ctrl + F). The Shift and Stroke panel will now be docked to the right of the Inkscape window.

Inkscape provides a number of options for adding colour to a project and it is entirely a matter of personal choice which you use. Here the HSL option was used. Click in the green section of the top band then use the lower sliders to lighten or darken the choice of green.

23/ Once all four shapes have been coloured arrange them close together as above. Drag the cursor to select all four objects then select Object > Group (Ctrl + G) to group them together. Now create a duplicate of the grouped objects so you have something like the image above.

Using The Transform Tool to Rotate Objects

24/ We're now going to rotate the two items and group them together. First select the object to the right then hit Object > Transform (Shift + Ctrl + M).

25/ The Transform panel will now be docked to the right of the Inkscape window. Select the Rotate tab and enter the amount of rotation for the object, (highlighted in red, above) . In the drop down window make sure the degrees symbol is selected.

Here 30 degrees has been added but you may need to add a different angle of rotation depending on your design.

Select the Rotate Clockwise icon (shaded in blue) then hit the Apply button.

26/ Now select the duplicate object to the left of the one we just rotated. We want to rotate this by the same amount but in the opposite direction so without changing any settings hit the Rotate Counter-clockwise icon.

27/ The two objects should look something like this.

28/ Bring the two object together so they look similar to the above then group everything.

29/ Duplicate the grouped object and drag the duplicate below the original. Duplicate again and drag the object below the other two so all three are arranged similar to the above. Group the three objects together.

30/ Create a large circle with just an outline and no fill.

31/ We'll use this circle as a guide for the shape of the wreath, so start by placing the fir tree sprig object so its centre lines up with the circle. Make sure the circle is the top object by hitting Object > Raise To Top (Home).

The circle will be deleted later so its needs to be easy to select.

32/ Duplicate the object and position the copy along the circle as shown above. Only the top of the copy should be visible so if the lower part is above the original object, hit Page Down a few times to lower it.

33/ Continue duplicating the fir tree sprig object, positioning, rotating and hitting Page Down until a circle of objects has been created. The circle can now be selected and deleted.

34/ Drag the cursor over all of the objects to select them then make a duplicate. Now rotate the duplicate to add greater depth and texture to the wreath.

Your Christmas wreath is now complete and ready to decorate however you want. We hope this tutorial has been useful and you'll enjoy making more Christmas decorations with Inkscape. Merry Christmas to all our followers, and a Happy New Year.

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Free Christmas Icons And Gimp Brushes

To help all our faithful followers get into the festive spirit we have a collection of icons for you to use in your own designs, and to go along with them a set of Xmas themed brushes for Gimp.

The icons come in a collection of coloured images...

 ...and in black and white to add lots of variety. The Gimp brushes use the same images but will allow much greater freedom in colour, size and design options. The Gumroad download button is at the bottom of the page.

How To Install The Gimp Brushes 

Installing the Gimp brushes is a simple process but for those who are unsure what to do, follow these steps.

1/ Navigate to the location where you downloaded the brushes and icons folder and unzip it.

2/ Right click on the folder containing the brushes and select Copy.

3/ Navigate to Local Disk (C) > Program Files > Gimp2 > share > gimp > 2.0 > brushes then in the brushes folder paste the brushes. There’s no need to remove the brushes from their folder unless you want to. Keeping them in the folder can make them easier to manage if you decide to remove them at a later date.

4/ After hitting paste you may see the above window. Click Continue and the brushes will be added to the Gimp brushes folder.

5/ The image above shows the brushes after being pasted to the Gimp brushes folder.

6/ The next time you open Gimp you’ll see the brushes have been added to the brushes panel. Simply select the brush in the Tools Panel, select a brush from the Brushes Panel  (as shown above) and they’re ready to use.

Enjoy using your new brushes and icons, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle 2017

This year's Christmas jigsaw puzzle image comes from The Pulse, a club in Second Life owned by Anna and Gus Flannegan. Anna has done a wonderful job once more in setting up the club for the festive season, and if you would like to see it for yourself, simply follow the link above. The club offers spaces to explore, as well as providing some very photogenic areas. You can even catch me DJ-ing there (check the calendar here for times). To find out more 'like' and follow the Pulse Facebook page and keep up with what is happening there each day.

You can choose to play this jigsaw puzzle either on this page, or you can click the link below to download your own free copy to keep . If you choose to download the puzzle you will of course be able to solve it offline and at your own leisure. The downloadable version is a tad more difficult and comes with a festive tune to listen to as you solve it. The download is stored on Google Drive so you can be sure there's no nasty things included with it. Whichever you decide to do, enjoy your jigsaw puzzle, and have a very Merry Christmas from everyone at The Pulse and SL-Inspiration!

Download your free jigsaw puzzle here.

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