GIMP Dust Demon Signature
1) Create a new document 450x150 pixels
2) Filter >> Render >> Clouds >> Difference Clouds
We are looking for some contrast, one way to create some right off the bat is by checking the "Turbulent" box. Play around with the X and Y sliders to properly scale the clouds. Check the "Randomize" box. Hit OK
3) You will see a similar result:
However we are looking for more black, so let's invert the colors by going Colors >> Invert
4) Select the Smudge Tool and make sure you check all Brush Dynamics and most importantly the "Apply Jitter" check box:
Start smudging the clouds with an abstract brush such as the Galaxy, Big brush:
Notice how the jitter creates some nice hard and abstract edges.
5) Create a new layer and select the brush tool . Use a regular round brush and paint white stripes in one direction:
6) use the Smudge Tool with the Galaxy, Big brush again to blend these lines in:
And now repeat this step with parallel black lines:
Bringing In The Render:
7) Insert your render into a new layer and position it using the Move Tool and scale it appropriately :
If your image has a background (like mine) remove it using a round soft eraser tool:
Blending In Your Image:
8) Before you continue it's important that you make your render layer the same size as your image by going Layer >> Layer to Image Size
9) optional: go Image >> Mode >> Greyscale to keep the entire image in black&white. Color is usually the last step to worry about.
10) Highlight your Render layer and duplicate it then hide the duplicates by clicking on the eye:
11) Use the smudge tool with the setting you've been using all along to smudge the viable layer in the direction of your flow:
12) Click to create a new layer and use the brush tool to create new flow lines near your render:
Use your Smudge Tool again to blend these in:
13) Create a new layer and select your brush tool and choose a very large soft brush. Set your color to white.
click to create an appropriate light source. You may leave blending mode on normal or change it to screen, lighten, etc,.
14) Bring a new duplicate of your render to the top but make sure that it's under step 12's layer:
Drop the opacity of this layer to around 50%
15) Create a new layer and select the gradient tool then select the following gradient:
16) Drag from left to right to apply the gradient to the new layer
Set the blending option to overlay and drop the opacity down to around 75% Congratulations, you've completed the tutorial
Please no ripping and ask me if you wish to use this siggy or post my tutorial elsewhere. Also available on: http://ub0rgamerz.com/forums/forum/12-graphics (Not sure if this is still live)