Gimp Tutorial: Abstract Wallpaper in 10 steps

Following my series of Gimp tutorials, today I will show you how to create an abstract wallpaper. Some of the techniques I used here I took from some of my previous tutorial. It's a easy tutorial and I think u can do it in 10 minute..Click the image for larger view.


abstract wallpaper


So in this Gimp tutorial I will show you how to create this image in 10 Steps. The design is inspired by the amazing work of James White,I'm really fan of his work so I highly recommend you to check his work out..Click HERE to go to his flickr. I hope u enjoy this simple tutorial and do leave me some comment. I'll appreciate it..:D..
ENJOY AND CHEERS!

Before you try this tutorial,please download my trapezium brush where i made it by myself. You can download the brush by click HERE. After download it, paste the brush to Gimp folder.

1. Create a new document. I use 1600x1200.Fill the background with blackcolour.



2. Select the brush tool. and I'll using my Trapezium brush.Now let's edit the brush, to do that go to the brush dynamic options and for the values use the image below. I'll use white color for the brush.



3. Apply the brush.The best thing is play with the brush..





4. Then select the Rotate tool. Dont forget to tick the 15 degrees box. Then rotate the shape layer to 135 degree.







5. Then,create a new layer and apply the brush again.Repeat step 4(rotate it).



move it to the shape layer..






6. Create another layer and i'll named it gradient. Select Full Saturation Spectrum Gradient , 100 for the opacity and Linear for the shape.



7. Apply the gradient tool and set the layer mod to overlay.




8. Create another layer.I'll add some bubble effect there. Select the brush tool. and I'll using my bokeh brush. Click here to download it.(if you have done my Awesome Bokeh Effect in Gimp it's the same brush and you don't need to download it).Use white color for the brush.Then Select brush dynamic options and for the values use the image below.



9.Apply the bokeh brush..like the image below..





10.Finish..



enjoys!

I also included the Xcf file.
Click here to download the Xcf file used for this tutorial


24 Responses to "Gimp Tutorial: Abstract Wallpaper in 10 steps"

Anonymous said... November 4, 2008 at 11:40 AM

thanks! nice tuts..

Brandonel said... November 4, 2008 at 12:13 PM

pretty nice really though i just cant get my bokeh affect as good as yours here is my result

http://s307.photobucket.com/albums/nn281/brandonel1/?action=view&current=wallpaper.jpg

Putera Aladin said... November 4, 2008 at 6:34 PM

nice result..

can u post ur bokeh result..maybe i can give some tips for u..

Brandonel said... November 5, 2008 at 7:10 AM

sure here is my bokeh result

http://s307.photobucket.com/albums/nn281/brandonel1/?action=view&current=bokeh.jpg

Putera Aladin said... November 5, 2008 at 7:47 AM

Brandonel,u almost got the same result as me..nice job there! :)

here is my tips for u..

try to play a bit with the blurs to add more depth to the final design
to add more depth..create a new layer at the top..fill it with black and change the layer mod. try change the layer mod to overlay,softlight and u'll notice some different..:D

Brandonel said... November 5, 2008 at 9:26 AM

well i went over your tutorial again and realized the reason my bokeh did not come out the same as yours is because i was not paying attention and raced through the tutorial and i did not click on your pictures so to me it looked like the bokeh was smudges instead of the bubble like circles that it really is so i tried to replicate that anyway sorry for the long explanation and if you want here is the result that i got after paying attention

http://s307.photobucket.com/albums/nn281/brandonel1/?action=view&current=wallpaper-1.jpg

Putera Aladin said... November 5, 2008 at 4:52 PM

it's okay..i see improvement in your second image and good job!

Brandonel said... November 5, 2008 at 5:28 PM

thank you i know its not as good as yours but i will get there thank you for posting this tutorial

Putera Aladin said... November 6, 2008 at 10:34 AM

@ Brandonel

welcome..:D

cheers!

Salmen said... November 9, 2008 at 7:18 AM

Geart job...!!!

Putera Aladin said... November 9, 2008 at 7:51 AM

thanks salmen..:)

Markus_2889 said... December 15, 2008 at 2:31 AM

Wow very nice tutorial! Finally i draw something using Gimp! ;) ThankYou!|

Putera Aladin said... December 15, 2008 at 4:35 AM

welcome Markus..:)

SB Red Flag said... December 26, 2008 at 3:58 PM

This is a great tutorial! I got a nice result, and I added my own personal effects:
http://img444.imageshack.us/my.php?image=abstractwallpapermk2nv8.png

SB Red Flag said... December 31, 2008 at 6:21 AM

Did I say something?

Starlight86 said... December 31, 2008 at 7:16 AM

:) nice one there SB Red Flag..

SB Red Flag said... January 2, 2009 at 12:01 PM

May I have persmission to create a video tutorial of this, and upload it to youtube?

Anonymous said... January 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I used your tools and tutorial. Posted my results on my Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557600500&ref=profile#/album.php?aid=201363&id=557600500

SB Red Flag said... January 6, 2009 at 7:29 PM

May I have persmission to create a video tutorial of this, and upload it to youtube? Sorry for reposting this, but I would really like to make this into a video tutorial.

Starlight86 said... January 7, 2009 at 12:09 AM

sure.go ahead..but make sure to link back to this blog.thank you

andrew rivard said... January 12, 2009 at 8:59 PM

http://flytape8490.deviantart.com/art/Pieces-109050346

I didn't really like the jaggedy edges that were caused as a result of the rotation, so I used the oilify filter at default settings, and then added 3 or 4 non oiled ones to even it up a bit as it looked a bit messy. I also applied the layering/gausian bluring aspect presented in the Bokeh tutorial for the orbiting particles.

SB Red Flag said... January 24, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Your video is ready!
It'd HD!

Watch Video Tutorial

Starlight86 said... February 7, 2009 at 9:18 AM

wow..thanks for the video..

Anonymous said... May 31, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Nice tute. Clear instructions, good scrn shots so dead easy to follow and very pleasing result. Keep up the great work =)
-Daz

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