Light Painting in Gimp

This is my second Gimp Tutorial. The original tut was made by Fabio Sasso in his wonderful site Abduzeedo.I'm great fans of fabio tutorial.He has done the light painting tuts for Photoshop,Pixelmator,Firework and i decided to try the tuts with gimp.It took me an hour trying to find the right combination of effects and blend modes in gimp, and i did it! Here is my tuts;

If u don't have Gimp.You can download it here.It's free!

P/S : Click the image for larger view.


P/s: The original Photoshop tutorial can be found HERE.You also can find the Firework and Pixelmator tutorial version too in Abduzeedo site.

1.Open the background can download it from here.

2.Now get an image of The Beatles Abbey Road cd.Drag the The Beatles Abbey Road CD cover photo to the image .

3.Resize it to larger image using scale tool.

4.Use Path Tool(P) and create paths around the guy in the photo.

after that created a new layer and named it as Guy 1.Dont forget to chose your foreground color white and black..

5.Then Select>From Path(shift+v).it will select the path that you make using the Path tool.

Go to Edit>Strokes Path.Strokes Line is 11 px,Solid Color and Line style>Dash preset>Line and dont forget to click antialising.and then clik Stroke.Use the image below for reference and values.Click the image for large view.

6.The next thing is go to Select >None(Ctrl+D).

7.Repeat the steps 4 until steps 6 to other guy.

hide the The Beatles Abbey Road cd layer and u'll see the stroke line at the guy 1 layer.

8.Change the layer mode to soft light.Apply a Gaussian Blur with 2 radius.And then duplicate the guy 1 layer 4 times.After that create a new layer and rename it as rectangle.

9.At the rectangle layer,create a rectangle using the rectangle select tool(m).

10.The next things is go to Select>Border.Chose 5 pixel for border selection

11.Fill the border selection white our foreground color(white).Go to Edit>Fill with FG Color.

12.See those blue guides? Those are Guides.Just add a guide so we can align the rectangles like I did in the image below.. I like using them because it really help me.If you want to turn them on and off, go to View > Shows Guides

13.Duplicate the rectangle and align them.

After that merge down all the copy rectangle layer to one single rectangle layer.

14.Resize the rectangle a little bit smaller like the image below

15.Use the Perspective tool(shift+p)to adjust the perspective of the rectangles.

15.Change the rectangle layer mode to soft light and then duplicate it 3 times.Finished!

Final result!

Download the Gimp Xcf file here

hope u like it..i take no credit of this brilliant light painting all to Fabio Sasso(ABDUZEEDO).

8 Responses to "Light Painting in Gimp"

Anonymous said... October 13, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Awesome :) thanks for converting this great tutorial to gimp.

Starlight86 said... October 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM

welcome :)

Anonymous said... October 29, 2008 at 2:31 PM

this is great!....and the guy name is George Harrison!
thanks for the tut!

Anonymous said... October 30, 2008 at 5:59 AM

wth....atleast credit ABDUZEEDO

Starlight86 said... October 30, 2008 at 6:04 AM

"The original tut was made by Fabio Sasso in his wonderful site Abduzeedo..."

"i take no credit of this brilliant light painting all to Fabio Sasso."

i've credited Fabio Sasso(founder of Abduzeedo)..maybe you don't read this tut before comment?

Anonymous said... December 14, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Nice work. I like all your tutorial. Don't pay any attention to any of these idiots that bad-mouth you..

keep the good job..:)

Unknown said... August 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Keep Sharing...We care

Unknown said... August 10, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Nice idea... btw i would remove each 2nd (even) stripe (rectangle) on zebra...

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