September 13, 2009

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Wave Tutorial

I’ll show you how to make an abstract wave, its really simple!

Wave

WAVE

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a cool wave with some colour. Made in GIMP.

Redone in GIMP, original idea from Fabio:abduzeedo.com

Begin by opening up Gimp –> making a 1600 x 1200 with 300dpi page and its transparency.

opening up Gimp

opening up Gimp

Now grab the paint bucket and fill it black:

fill it black

fill it black

Now select a colour (mine is FG:Blue BG:Black).

select a colour

select a colour

Then use the Gradient Tool (set to FG or FG and BG) and set to Radial.

Gradient Tool

Gradient Tool

Then do a stroke like below (middle to bottom right corner):

Stroke Path

Stroke Path

Should look like this:

Like this

Like this

Now create a new layer (call it: Lines):

Create a new layer

Create a new layer

Then go Filters –> Render –> Clouds –> Solid Noise:

Solid Noise

Solid Noise

Then choose Seed: Randomize , Turbelant, Detail: 15, X: 16 Y: 0.1

Settings

Settings

Then grab the lasso tool and draw a wavy outline, should look like this:

Draw a wavy outline

Draw a wavy outline

Then go Selection –> Invert or (Ctrl + I):

Selection --> Invert

Selection --> Invert

Now press Delete!

Delete

Delete

Now create a New Layer, name it Colour:

Colour

Colour layer

Then grab the Gradient Tool (Linear), and set to Full Colour Spectrum, and set to Overlay

Gradient Tool: Overlay

Gradient Tool: Overlay

Stroke across the wave, like below:

Stroke across the wave

Stroke across the wave

Should be like this:

Like this

Like this

Now Selection –> Deselect or (Ctrl + Shift + A)

Selection --> Deselect

Selection --> Deselect

Add some text (mine: scottphotographics.com)

Add your text

Add your text

Now apply some Filters –> Sharpen –> Unsharp Mask

Unsharp Mask

Unsharp Mask

Settings

Settings

And that’s it!

Finished

Finished

I hope you like it and credit goes to Fabio: abduzeedo.com

The final result!

The final result!

Written by Mike

Michael Scott is the publisher and photographer behind Scott Photographics! He is very passionate about his photography and enjoys sharing the best of his experiences for others to enjoy too! Contact Mike via email!
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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sep 10 2010

    Hi Jason,

    To Unsharp Mask on the ‘Lines’ Layer (coloured wave), go Filters>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask and the settings are around: Radius: 60, Amount:.5, Threshold: 2.

    Sorry about the poor screenshots, I’ll have to redo this sometime.

    Michael

  2. Jason
    Sep 10 2010

    Can’t figure out how to do this unsharpen mask thing–which layer are you supposed to be on? What settings do you use for this???

  3. Michael
    Apr 20 2010

    Hey,

    You need to set the new layer (COLOUR) to OVERLAY mode (on the layers tab)

    I hope it works now :)

  4. Bre
    Apr 20 2010

    It didn’t work…
    I did everything up until the part where it said add a new layer and name it COLOUR but after that part with the line going through…it didn’t work >_<; help plz?

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