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Create Unique Alien Fluid Graphics Or Backgrounds
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Alien Fluid Graphics GIMP (GNU) - (With Colour Fill)
Alien Fluid Graphics GIMP (GNU) - (Without Colour Fill)

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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create unique alien fluid graphics or backgrounds using The Blend Tool and Layers.

GIMP Plugin Registry Note
To follow this tutorial exactly, you require a (Plastic) Wrap and a Chrome Filter; therefore, before you begin, close GIMP. Then download the Photo-Effects_20 Zip found in the link below. (It’s the first download under attachment, and the File’s Size is 27.22 KB).

http://registry.gimp.org/node/97

Once downloaded,
Unzip the file .

And then Copy and Paste the ev_iccii_photoeffects_246 Script into GIMP’s Scripts Folder .

To locate GIMP’s Scripts Folder, first right-click over the unzipped Script and choose Copy from the drop-down list. (This is for Windows XP). Then, to locate the Script Folder, click Start, then click My Computer then click the Folder that houses your Computer’s Program Files, (mine is named Local Disc C). Now, click open the Program Files Folder, then locate and click open the GIMP Folder. Then click open the share Folder, then click open the gimp Folder, and then click open the 2.0 Folder. You should now see a Folder named Scripts. Now, finish by right-clicking over the Scripts Folder, and then choose Paste from the subsequent drop-down list. Now, open GIMP, and you should see the newly installed Photo Effects filters - as illustrated below.

If you need further installation help, please
Link Here. Please be aware, I didn’t write the Script. Writing Scripts is an avenue I’ll be exploring later.



Notes
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.

Note
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).

Resize Images
Understand Layers
Create A Fill Layer
Understand Blend Modes
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

1/
Create a New (Transparent) Image, and set the following Width and Height and Fill with White attributes.

(Alternatively, set New Image dimensions of your choice).

Note
If you are not printing your work, set a Resolution of 72.000 Pixels. If you are printing your work, a resolution of 300.000 Pixels will be better.





2/
Now, tap your Keyboard’s D Key to set the default Black Foreground and White Background Colours.



3/
Then from the top menu, choose Colours and then choose Invert.



4/
From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Blend Tool.



And set the following FG to BG (RGB) Gradient. Then mark the Reverse box and change the Mode from Normal to Difference. And then set the Shape to Radial.

Difference Mode Note
It’s absolutely vital that you change the Gradient’s Mode to Difference.

                        

Now, left-click and stretch a small (circular) gradient onto the black canvas - as illustrated below.

 

Then apply a second small gradient (orb) - as illustrated below. To give the impression that the orbs are melding together, drag the second gradient line slightly over the first orb.

    

And then continue applying small circular gradients, in different directions and sizes, around the black canvas, until a corner, or the whole black canvas has been filled with alien-type gradient orbs.

Tip
To create the darker eye-type orbs, apply very short gradient lines in the direction indicated below.

   

For personal results, experiment with different gradient line directions. You are looking to create lots of contrasting orb shapes - slowly building up the alien effect.

Undo Tip
If you don’t like the look of an orb, press Ctrl then Z to return your image to a previous state, and then reapply the gradient line.

After you have filled part, or the whole black image with alien-type orbs, you are ready for the next step.



Save Tip
Now is a good time to save your work as a
GIMP XCF File.

5/
Now, Duplicate the Background Layer by clicking the following Create a duplicate of the layer tab.



6/
Then (working on the Background Copy Layer) - from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor then choose Photo Effects then choose Artist and then choose Wrap Effect. (Hopefully, you installed this Filter/Script at the beginning of this tutorial). Now, from the subsequent Script-Fu Wrap dialogue box, enter the following settings (or experiment) and then click OK.



         

7/
Now, activate the Background Layer (the Bottom Layer). And Duplicate it by clicking the Create a duplicate of the layer tab, just as you did back in
Chapter 5.
And Rename the Layer Chrome. (To Rename the Layer, right-click over it, then choose Edit Layer Attributes. And from the subsequent Edit Layer Attributes dialogue box, enter a new name, and then click OK). 
Layers Tutorial Here.



8/
Now, drag the Chrome Layer to the middle of the Layers Stack - as illustrated below.
                


9/
Still working on the Chrome Layer. From the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor then choose Photo Effects then choose Style then choose Chrome Image. (Hopefully, you will have installed this Filter/Script at the beginning of this tutorial). Now, from the subsequent Script-Fu Chrome Image dialogue box, enter the following settings (or experiment) and then click OK.

       

10/
Now, drag the Colour Layer Layer to the Top of the Layers Stack - and then position the Chrome Layer directly beneath the Colour Layer; as illustrated below.

Note
If you are happy with your bronzed-chrome graphic, then proceed to
Chapter 13.

         

Save Tip
Now is a good time to save your work as a
GIMP XCF File.

11/ (
Create A Fill Layer Tutorial).
Now, create a New Transparent Layer, and then set the Foreground Swatch to your Colour choice. And with the Bucket Fill Tool, left-click to fill the New Transparent Layer with your Colour choice; I am selecting a vibrant Shocking Pink Colour

     

Then position the Pink Filled Layer between the Chrome and the Background Copy Layer - as illustrated below.
 
         

12/
Now, activate the Chrome Layer.



And then change its Blend Mode from Normal to a Blend that works best with your alien requirements.

I’ve changed my Chrome Layer’s Blend Mode to Grain Merge

         

Tip
For personal results, alter the Background Copy Layer’s Blend Modes - and create an alien landscape that suits your needs. I changed the green background to Black by changing the Background Copy Layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

          

Save Tip
Now is a good time to save your work as a
GIMP XCF File.

13/
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.



14/
Congratulations, your unique alien fluid graphic is complete, and it is ready to incorporate into your artwork,
or to save.

Sharpen Tip
To create extra impact, apply a
Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.

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