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Tutorial: Create futuristic looking tech pattern

Written by , translated by redforce · Created on Feb 22, 2008, last updated over 3 years ago CC BY-NC License
Create futuristic looking tech pattern

Motivation

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.

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Edusoares
over 1 year ago

Thanks from Brazil.
Obrigado do Brasil.
: )

Zaldusk rated this topic with 5/5
almost 4 years ago

Awesome, I love it! Thank you!

gimp user
over 4 years ago

coool thanxs

Dark Angel
almost 5 years ago

Thank you very much;

Wonderful work.

7rev
about 5 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 - http://forums.jokerice.co.uk/showthread.php?p=20333#post20333

and once again, thank you very much!

falloutboy
over 5 years ago

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

myname
over 5 years ago

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

zissan
over 5 years ago

thanks
looks like a magic.

Anonymous
over 5 years ago

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

Zavael
almost 6 years ago

perfect and great :) thanks man

Robert
about 6 years ago

Yes very nice tech looking pattern! Thanks

Gimper member for about 6 years Gimper 1 comment
about 6 years ago

nice work devv, might come in handy

thanks

Pixkid member for over 6 years Pixkid 4 comments
about 6 years ago

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