Create an Energy Explosion with Gimp

In this tutorial you learn how you can use some of gimps unique feathers to create an awesome energy explosion.
Gimp Tutorial: Energy explosion

Step 1: The beginning of the energy explosion

Create a new image of 640px by 400px image.
Go to Filter > Render > Fractal Explorer.
Go to the tab Fractals and choice Snow_Crystal and press Apply and OK

Energy explosion: Snow Crystal

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur
Use the following settings.
Blur type: Zoom.
Blur outward is checked.
Blur Parameters, Length: 256.

Energy explosion: Motion blur

Step 2: Improve the explosion

Duplicate the explosion layer.
Flip the copy vertically (Layer > Transform > Flip Vertically).
And change the blend mode of the top layer to Burn.

Energy explosion Blend mode Burn

Step 3: Add some lens flare to the explosion

Create a new layer (this layer has to be on top) an fill it with black.
Go to Filter > Light and Shadow > Lens flare. Place the center of the lens flare about 10 pixels out of the center.

Energy explosion: Lens flare

And change the blend mode of this layer to Addition.

Energy explosion: blend mode Addition

Step 4: Give the energy explosion an extra boost.

Create a new layer and fill it with white.
Lower the opacity to 80 so you can see the underneath layers.
Activate the Ellipse select Tool and make a selection of the center of the explosion.

Energy explosion: Selection

Make sure the foreground color is set to black.
Go to Edit > Stroke selection.
Click on Line style and set the Dash Pattern to Dense dots. The other setting are the standard setting (line width: 6px, solid color, ...)
With the opacity of this layer back at 100 you'll get this.

Energy explosion: dashed lines

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.
Use the following settings.
Blur type: Zoom.
Blur outward is checked.
Blur Parameters, Length: 256.

Energy explosion: Dashed lines with motion blur

Change the blend mode of this layer to Soft Light and lower the opacity to 80 and the energy explosion in finished.

Energy explosion

Posted on 14 July 09in categorieEffects.

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