Posted by: arizonad | June 15, 2007

Something Different (mini-tutorial included)

For those of you who are asking themselves, Does AZ Dawn do anything other than those girly little pixel dolls, the answer is yes. Every once in a while I try something else with the GIMP, though it’s not always good. This time, I like the results: a very simple but nice space scene.

nebula2.jpg

Last modified June 9, 2007. You may adopt it if you follow my rules.

Professional space artists have nothing to worry about from me, but it’s still pretty nifty. It was fairly easy to do, too. Here’s how to do it in GIMP:

  1. Make a star field. Any tut should do, but I used This One; it gives a nice diffraction spike effect on the brighter stars.
  2. Create a new layer. Go to Filters>Render>Clouds>Plasma. Repeat until you get a cloud pattern you like.
  3. Lower the layer’s opacity to 50% or less. Just make sure you can see some prominent clouds as well as darker patches.
  4. Set the Eraser tool on 1 pixel and Hard edge. Erase little bits over the brighter stars and a few tiny stars in the darker areas. You don’t have to erase over the spikes, though, just the star proper.
  5. Add details to taste. I created another layer, went to Filters>Light Effects>SuperNova, and centered the effect in a likely spot. You can add what you want to your scene: planets, galaxies, spaceships, etc. You’re on your for make those things, though.

Hope that was a clear explanation. If not, you can leave me a constructive critique in the comments. I don’t mind.

AZ Dawn

Edited for clarity on June 26, 2007.

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