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GIMP Tutorial Shimeji Making by The-Lovely-Fagot GIMP Tutorial Shimeji Making by The-Lovely-Fagot
Well, I noticed that there wasn't a tutorial for making Shimejis with the Gimp Program. And it is a little different than using Photoshop... Just some extra steps that you need to be weary of.

But yeah. I do hope that this helps becuase I remember I was talking to a user who was a little frustraited that they had to go by Photoshop tutorials for making a Shimeji.

For those of you who do not know what a Shimeji is, it is a Japanese program that allows little chibis to walk around your screen and give you hell by reproducing like crazy and throwing your conversations out of the screen. They are a lot of fun. here is the link for the English version, in which you can also get a Link Shimeji thrown into the pack.

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I did not make the England base. It is not mine. It's :iconcrazy-chibi:'s work. You can download England here:

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If you wish to download GIMP click on the link below. It's free.

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I have this tutorial on youtube, in case if there is any confusion. I personally like having somebody explaining and me seeing at times when I am learning something... So here's the link:

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:iconcachomon:
Cachomon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I've tried to add this deviation to my shimejis group, but it expired *^* we are still growing and I hope you join and share with everyone all your fantastic shimeji pieces or tutorials like this one!! *A*

Here it is~ :iconshimejidesktoppets:

Keep up the great work! *A*
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:icononeirophantom:
OneiroPhantom Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, even if it's kinda old! ouo Finally I can TRY to make a Phantom shimeji since I can't seem to find any... >.>
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:iconvampiregirl1312:
vampiregirl1312 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for this!! I actually started making a shimeji today!
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:iconblackkleptomaniac:
blackkleptomaniac Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for your tutorial~ :3
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:iconlaurafmeis:
LauraFMeis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for this! great! :D
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:iconadrianerkul:
adrianerkul Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
hey i have seen your video on youtube it is little help but this is a better version
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:iconwinged-dawn:
Winged-Dawn Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the tutorial! Shugo Chara Shimejis, here I come!
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:iconthecannibalwolf:
TheCannibalWolf Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I don't get it, so when you open the Png image the shimeji will appear?
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
When you open up the image on GIMP, it will appear, then you just go and draw over it. And save over the file. Then if you open the shimeji program, the image that you replaced will appear.
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:iconmaisunadokei1856:
Maisunadokei1856 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Thank you very much for thinking about Gimp users *-*. I'm no good at drawing, but I'll probably try this out someday !
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:iconmisakimaebara:
misakimaebara Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry to bug you but mind if I ask something?
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:iconoracia:
Oracia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are brilliant. The second I find my tablet pen, I'm making a shimeji.
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:iconcatcrackers69:
CatCrackers69 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have a question...

I already know how to go about doing it. The problem is, I would like my character to do his own actions... instead of the actions of the shimeji that's being used as a base. My question is how many from are giving to each action? I would like to know how many the program uses so that I can make it more original.

Ex: Walking uses 3 frames. One for each foot and one for standing.

I would like to know how many are used for multiplying, eating, sitting, reading, falling, holding the screen etc... (anything that isn't walking essentially.)
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
It is possible, but you have to know how to do coding.
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:iconquincygirl93:
Quincygirl93 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!! I use GIMP.
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:iconninetailsgirl:
ninetailsgirl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Can you do this on Paint.net?
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:icont4pew0rm:
T4pew0rm Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you probably can.
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:iconninetailsgirl:
ninetailsgirl Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
cool
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
What's that?
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:iconninetailsgirl:
ninetailsgirl Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
It's I guess a different version of Photoshop.
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:icontyphloser:
Typhloser Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to do onnneeee <3 I love Shimejis and want one of my characters. (Too bad I suck at this LOL) Hopefully this will help. I'm using a Link as my base >.>
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Gorillaz-Virus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
CAN you make Them with photoshop?
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
You can if you want. I personally suck at PS, though...
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:iconprincess-mia62:
princess-mia62 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can you make Shimeji's in only MS Paint?
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
It's not recommended to make them on only MS Paint. The reason for that is that you want them to be png and Paint, although you can save them as a png, will end up having a white background around the drawing and when you have it move around on your computer screen, you will not be able to see your background. Only the white background behind the shimeji. To remove that white background, you NEED a program like PS, GIMP, Sai, ext. that can remove the unwanted background.
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:iconprincess-mia62:
princess-mia62 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right... -sigh- I was just wondering if there was some magical way to make a transparent BG in Paint.
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Not that I know of. And I doubt it. But Gimp is a free program, so you can download that.
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:iconprincess-mia62:
princess-mia62 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is? Where might I find a download for this Gimp?
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
I have it on my description.
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:iconprincess-mia62:
princess-mia62 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Found it! Thank you!
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
no problem. Gimp works very similarly to photoshop in some ways. But I will say this, if you are using a Mac, then Gimp does not work that well. You have to double click EVERYTHING just to make it work right and it's very frustrating.
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:iconkujariku7:
KujaRiku7 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Thank you. This tutorial is very helpful. <3 Maybe now I can make a Ghirahim.
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:iconask-theicetwins:
Ask-TheIceTwins Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I'll be using this soon! Once I get my new laptop (and hopefully tablet) I'll be making Shimeji everywhere! Thank you <3 !!
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:iconfierying:
Fierying Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
may i ask? r we allowed to just edit it with any appication or only ps or gimps?
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Each program has their own way of working on some things. You can experimenter if you want.
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:iconmelispanda:
melispanda Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I did everything it said, but when I saved, it didn't ask me to export anything. It just saved it. Help?
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Can you explain better?
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:iconmelispanda:
melispanda Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I did everything you said to do, but when I tested it, it didn't work.
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Tell me exactly what you did.
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:iconmelispanda:
melispanda Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
everything it said in your guide. downloaded the shimeji I wanted, made all the extra layers, did the lineart, colored it in, did the visible thing, then saved it, but it didn't do anything.
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
You may have downloaded the shimeji wrong. Or the shimeji you used had something wonky when it opened. I would suggest downloading the Iggy shimeji I used (make an extra copy of him if you want), take all of the images you have made and replace them with the Hetalia shimeji I told you to save. Then open that particular shimeji and it SHOULD work.
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:iconmelispanda:
melispanda Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I just tried it. It still didn't work.
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
I don't know what to tell you then.
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:iconmelispanda:
melispanda Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
alright. I'll try it. Thanks.
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:iconswiftywish:
Swiftywish Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
but.. how do you make it move, and do whatever it wants..? o3o xP im wanting to make my own too
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Download a working shimeji and copy it. Take the copied one and work with the images there. When you are done, open the one you made and it SHOULD work like a normal shimeji.
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:iconkaoru24:
Kaoru24 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
using this for future reference! thank you!
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UlquiorrasLover Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
i have a question how do you open the files? do you have to extract them first cuase what i did first was rename the folder it was in then went to the pictures of the character but i couldnt open it with GIMP even when i went to GIMP first and tried opening it from there and i saw your turtorial on youtube i like this one better^^ <)
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PsychoticHeart Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
yay i just got GIMP was wanting t make my own lil shimeji, but i still have some Qs:
sooo i first tried to edit the Denmark download using MicrosoftPaint(i know it sucks so bad), then i got gimp and tried using that, but the background is still white. I also tried just simply first opening my Paint-edited one, then made a new transparent layer, then sort of got it all transparentyish(by randomly clicking things ^^;), but i still have no idea what in Hell i'm doing here(am horrible with tech stuffs ^^;) soooo ya i need help making it look transparent for the background without having to go back and y'know, trace over every lil line, maybe instead just simply change the background? That's the only thing white and it makes my lil shime lok like inside a white box of doom!!! plz help! :iconbegplz: iluvyoulongtimeifyouhelp~!
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:iconthe-lovely-fagot:
The-Lovely-Fagot Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
If I were you, go and redownload the Denmark Shimeji. The white background on Paint basically ruined it since it really doesn't support png files...
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