Sign up now! · Forgot password?
RSS/Atom feed Twitter

Tutorial: Create futuristic looking tech pattern

Written by , translated by redforce · Created on Feb 22, 2008, last updated almost 5 years ago CC BY-NC License
Create futuristic looking tech pattern


This is one of these simple to do tutorials, but the effect just looks cool and pretty futuristic. So I've written a tutorial for it. Enjoy!

Tutorial details

  1. 1

    Create a new image: 640×480 px. The Background should be plain white. Now choose Filters / Render / Clouds / Plasma.

    Take these values: 10.000 / tubulence: 7

  2. 2

    Go to Colors / Desaturate: Brightness and choose OK.

  3. 3

    Now we’re giving our pattern the special look which it will have at the end. We’re using the Dilate filter, a very simple filter that smallens the dark areas in an image. Don’t be confused if you look at the quick description when hovering the entry in the filter menu – I think currently in Gimp 2.4.4. this is a wrong description.

    Choose Filter / General / Dilate.

    After this repat that filter 30 times. Use CTRL+F to repeat the filter quickly.

  4. 4

    Got to Filter / Map / Make seamless.

  5. 5

    Sharpen the picture now using Filter / Enhance / Sharpen: ~85.

    Now we’re giving our picture some color: Use Colors / Color Balance
    Shadows: -50 | 30 | 30
    Mids: 0 | 30 | 50
    Highlights: -65 | -40 | 20

  6. 6

    If you zoom into the image very closely you’ll notice some gradients that are not very nice looking.

  7. 7

    To get rid of this we use Filter / Blur / Selective Gaussian Blur.

    Values: 5 / Max Delta: 13

  8. 8

    Now we want to have some cool glowing edges so that everything look really future style like.

    Zoom back to 100% (do this fast by clicking the “1”-key).

    Click “duplicate layer” in the layers dialog or just use the hotkey: CTRL+SHIFT+D

    On the duplicate use Filter / BLur / Gaussian Blur: 10.

    Set the layers mode (directly above the opacity ruler in the layers dialog) to “Lighten only”.

  9. 9

    Thats all, we are finished! The softer result is in the left part of the picture below.

    Option 1: If you want your edges to be sharper and more clearly looking use Filter / Enhance / Sharpen (40/50) again on the background-layer.

    Option 2: If you want the whole picture a bit darker (less white glow and more saturated colors) simply create a new totally black layer above all layers and set the layers mode to “Overlay”.

    Have fun with this ;) Hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial.


Post your own comments, questions or hints here. The author and other users will see your posting and can reply to it.

Of course, you can also ask in the chat.

Subscription management

Please log in to manage your subscriptions.

User rating

This topic (Create futuristic looking tech pattern) has been rated 5.0/5.0.


As a registered user, you can rate articles and comments, attach files to comments, subscribe to topics and you don't need to solve CAPTCHAs anymore.


almost 3 years ago

Thanks from Brazil.
Obrigado do Brasil.
: )

Zaldusk rated this topic with 5/5
over 5 years ago

Awesome, I love it! Thank you!

gimp user
about 6 years ago

coool thanxs

Dark Angel
over 6 years ago

Thank you very much;

Wonderful work.

over 6 years ago

Thank you very much! it was very easy to follow and simple to make! :)

I added in a few things, but here is the attempt i made -

and once again, thank you very much!

almost 7 years ago

I actually did it! As what the others posted above me: It's simple yet awesomely looking! :D

almost 7 years ago

Didn't see the gradients on step 6, so step 7 wasn't needed. Using GIMP 2.6.1

about 7 years ago

looks like a magic.

about 7 years ago

Wonderful! I did whaqt you said as extras, both together and separately. I also messed with the colors. It looks great! Awesome!

over 7 years ago

perfect and great :) thanks man

over 7 years ago

Yes very nice tech looking pattern! Thanks

Gimper member for over 7 years Gimper 1 comment
over 7 years ago

nice work devv, might come in handy


Pixkid member for almost 8 years Pixkid 4 comments
over 7 years ago

Wow... really simple yet really awesome! Thanks for sharing.