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Tutorial: Create a mystic chaos Voodoo-Pattern

Written by · Created on Jul 06, 2007, last updated over 3 years ago CC BY-NC License
Create a mystic chaos Voodoo-Pattern

Motivation

This tutorial shows you a simple effect which should look like mystical symbols of witches (Voodoo). I hope you understand it well, because it's my first (english) tutorial.

Tutorial details

  1. 1

    Of course we make a new file first. I take a size of 1000×400px, its the double size of a regular signature. (I do this for a better look, you can make it smaller later of course) Background-color: White

  2. 2

    Filter / Artistic / Cubism. Look at the values of the picture.

  3. 3

    Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur: 2px.

  4. 4

    Now the picture is little blurred. Do Filter / Edge-Detect / Edge… now and take these values. You can play around and take what you want.

  5. 5

    We’re almost done now ;) But the picture looks boring without color. You can colorize it by your own. I took these values (Colors / Colorize):

  6. 6

    Optionally you can duplicate the layer and set the layers mode (fint it at top of the layers dialog , above all layers) to “Addition”. The pattern looks much more saturated then (see left side of the image below, the original is to the right).

  7. 7

    Done ;) Have fun with this kind of background!

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billy
over 1 year ago

im awesome

hihi
about 4 years ago

what also looks cool: at the end, do colour select and select the black area, then do bucket fill->pattern fill-> starfield-> fill whole selection

bananalover rated this topic with 5/5
about 4 years ago

cool tut, easy and simple but very effective :) i find it works fine on step 5 with colours-colourise...

SDORT
over 5 years ago

Some of yous got an old version thats why its different

spotty
almost 6 years ago

love the three dimensional effect on this background. :)

candicenixon
about 6 years ago

Forgot to mention:
Circle Depth Perception: 100.00
Offset angle: 0

candicenixon
about 6 years ago

After the last step, I did

Filters/Distorts/Polar Coordinates then unchecked "to polar" and "Map Backwards" and left "Map from Top" checked. Gave it a different sort of look anyway :)

Sarah
over 6 years ago

Nice tut! simple but very good for a bg!

Phillipe
almost 7 years ago

First tutorial i've used to create GIMP background. Very good and well explained. Thx

Jazmine
almost 7 years ago

oh well who cares about those little mistakes,

that wus a good turtiol [sp?]

i got it in the first shot

devvv member for almost 8 years devvv 1413 comments
about 7 years ago

Thanks, i added it to the text now. The Tutorial is based on 2.3.18, so it's Colors / Colorize ;)

Lorrnae member for about 7 years Lorrnae 4 comments
about 7 years ago

#5
Another one
Layers/Color/Colorize

Lorrnae member for about 7 years Lorrnae 4 comments
about 7 years ago

CORRECTION-
Number 5 is
Filters/Color/Channel Mixer

Lorrnae member for about 7 years Lorrnae 4 comments
about 7 years ago

#5 could be to
Filters/Color/Colorfy or Filters/Color/Channel Mixer

Lorrnae member for about 7 years Lorrnae 4 comments
about 7 years ago

Number 4 is wrong. On the english version it is actually

Filter/Edge-Detect/Edge