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Melted Wax / Chocolate / Brains / Zombie Guts Mega-tutorial

#1 User is offline   edvard 

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:11 AM

OK, first post, first tutorial. :shock:
I've been lurking for a while here and finally have something to contribute. Hope you like it.

DISCLAIMER: Any resemblance to any tutorial living or dead is purely coincidental. I came up with this totally on my own.
If anybody knows of a similar tutorial, please let me know.


I Googled all over the place looking for a tutorial like this one, but never found any.
Actually this WAS inspired by the Plasti-Wrap effect screenshots at Guicon's site where you can get the Plasti-Wrap script (which this tutorial requires).
Once I figured out it was the Solid Noise Cloud he was using as a base layer, I was off and running.

Get the Plasti-Wrap script here: http://guicon.110mb....pts:Plasti-Wrap
On with the tewt...


PART 1 - In which we attempt to create a multi-colored "melted wax" texture.

Step 1 - In which we start with a multicolored background with Plasma Cloud.
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In case you haven't done so already, download and install the Plasti-Wrap script from the address above.
Open The Gimp and make a new canvas: File - New
Size it however you want (I used 640 x 480 @ 72 dpi for the example)
Fill with a Plasma Cloud: Filters - Render - Clouds - Plasma
Keep hitting the "New Seed" button until you get a cloud with a good variety of colors in it, and press OK.
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NOTE: If you prefer a single color for your wax, then just start by flood filling the new canvas with your favorite color, or Colorify a Plasma Cloud (makes for interesting texture)
TIP: Using a nice shade of Brown will result in something that looks sort of like the surface of a Chocolate Candy (Yum!)
To Colorify: Colors - Colorify, select a color and click "Custom Color" to tweak it.

Step 2 - In which we add a bubbly/ripply effect with Solid Noise.
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Make a new layer: Layer - New Layer
Render a Solid Noise Cloud on it: Filters - Render - Clouds - Solid Noise
Select "Turbulent" for a more 'bubbly' final result and play with the X and Y controls if you like.
Press OK when you're happy.
In the Layers tool tab, set the Layer Mode to "Hard Light".
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"Multiply" and "Darken Only" will work also, but will make a darker image.
(this may be useful later, in Part 2...)

Step 3 - The final step in which we apply Plasti-Wrap to make a glossy surface effect.
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No need to make a new layer, the script will create one.
Select the Plasti-Wrap script (you did download and install it, didn't you?): Filters - Light and Shadow - Plasti-Wrap
The default settings will work for now, you can play later, although setting the "Final Layer Copy" to 2 or 3 will lighten the results a bit.
Press OK.
In the Layers tool tab, set the Layer Mode to "Addtion" to lighten it further.
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Voila'!! Melted wax texture to put in a sig, wrap around a cylinder, or whatever.


PART 2 - In which we alter our methods for some gruesome Brains/Zombie Guts textures.

Step 1 - In which we start with a different sort of background.
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Same steps as Part 1, but with a couple of tweaks:

For Brains, you'll want a fairly uniform color (probably a pastel-ish shade of red like 'ffc4a0), so either fill with a solid color or Colorify a Plasma Cloud with your desired color (instructions in Part 1, above).
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For Zombie Guts, we've a little more tweaking to do:
Render a Plasma Cloud with the "Turbulence" set to 3 for a more 'blotchy' texture, and Colorify with a darkish midtone red (try 'ff6060').
Select the Brush tool and the "Galaxy, Big" brush.
Set the Opacity to 50 or 60 and the brush Scale to 2.00
Click the Foreground Color to make a new color and set it to some shade of muted Green (try '3f883d') and just click in a few random spots. Not a whole lot, just enough to give it a little "gangrene".
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Step 2 - In which we add veins (altogether now... "Eeewww")
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I wish Gimp had a "Veins" plugin (I suppose some sort of fractal would do), but Lava does a great job at getting the results we need.
This is a totally new step from Part 1:
First, we'll render some Lava: Filters - Render - Lava
Set the gradient to "Default" (the one that's a plain black-to-white gradient) and make sure "Separate layer" is checked so we don't need to make one.
Click OK
Select the Lava Layer and invert the image so we're left with dark 'veins' on a white background: Colors - Invert
In the Layers tool tab, set the Layer Mode to "Multiply"
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Step 3 - In which we add the bubbly/ripply effect.
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Make a new layer and follow instructions as in Step 2, Part 1, but definitely check the "Turbulent" box in the dialog.
NOTE: Set the Layer Mode to "Multiply" for more creepiness, "Darken Only" for a little more light.
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Step 4 - In which we apply Plasti-Wrap to make it look wet and squishy
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Same as Step 3 in Part 1, no changes.
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Voila'! Greasy Grimy Zombie Guts and BBBRRRRRAAAAIIIIINNNNNSSSSS!!!
Perfect for your creepiest sig or Zombie game splash screen!


There are a lot of weird things you can do with this just by changing the Layer Modes and trying different colors, so if anybody has any good tweaks to this tutorial or some ingenious uses for the resulting textures, post them here, I'd love to see what you can do!
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#2 User is offline   ccbarr 

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 02:51 AM

heh, very kewl tutorial. It was pretty easy to follow your instructions. With tweaking one can end up with lots of various interesting results. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. It was fun to do!

Here is one result that I got following along (somewhat):

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In the pic below, I colorized the "vein" layer to a dark reddish color and set it's mode to Multiply at an Opacity of 70% to try to simulate more real veins. Probably another bluish vein layer would make it more realistic. Here is that result:

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 06:20 AM

Great big gobs of greasy grimey zombie guts
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Glad you like the plugin :)
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 01:04 PM

Very well written tut, with great result. Thanks

The plugin is awesome!!

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#5 User is offline   edvard 

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 04:34 PM

Newt, you got an interesting texture there. 8)
How'd you do it? Is that a touch of the 'Sparks' brush I see in there?
Glad you all liked the tewt, I'm going to experiment with applying the resulting texture and see what happens...
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Posted 09 January 2009 - 06:49 PM

It's not too complicated, but there are lots of steps. Suffice to say there's no brush work, although that is possible.
Its mostly multiple layers with varying attributes on the solid noise plugin, plus a few other tricks I've learned over the years.
I've been meaning to expand on plasti-wrap for a while, I might see about setting up a tutorial on Guicon later on.
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Posted 10 January 2009 - 12:34 AM

Newt I love your result, it's grotesquely terrific :wink:
I'll have to have a go at it.
Great tut edvard:)
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Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:50 PM

This is a GREAT tutorial and script! I previously made a script to animate "blobby lava" (never posted the script), but here's what it looked like (Click thumbnail to see it in action) It's not the greatest example.:

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I took that script and used the steps in this tutorial to create "gooey animated guts" I love it! Looks like a spastic colon in action....EWWW! (Click the thumbnail to see it in action):

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And some "plain ole animated goo."

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I'm gonna script the whole thing. Took a long time to do by hand even with the plastic wrap and my blobby lava script. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

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#9 User is offline   edvard 

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 11:19 PM

@fencepost: Glad you like the tutorial. Those are some seriously freaky animations (EEW, indeed...). Nice work!

@Newt: I didn't realize you were the author of Plasti-wrap. Thanks for a really cool script, and if you need testing on a new version, let me know. I'll give it a workout! :D
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Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:27 AM

Well Im not exactly the author, I didnt write the script, I came up with the steps, and Kward, a member here wrote the script-fu.
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Posted 18 January 2009 - 11:04 PM

EEEWWW! Gross! Awesome! :D

Heehee. This is an excellent tutorial. Ive seen something a bit like plasti-wrap on an old version of photoshop, but it wasnt exactly the same. Good job on the script, Newt, and good job on the tut, edvard!
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 12:22 AM

Agreed, this is a very cool tutorial. Moved to Official. :)
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:39 PM

Good idea :)

is a cool tut really :!:
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 03:02 AM

When I try to download it , I placed it in scripts >then it's a invalid file that doesn't work
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 04:20 AM

nvm My result...

you left your brain behind you:

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 07:36 AM

Brains?
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Did someone say brains?
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 09:26 AM

Mine doesn't look so good :(

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 05:48 PM

@newt DON"T EAT MY BRAIN!
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:50 PM

I'm sorry for bothering, but how do I install the script? :oops:

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, never let it fade away...<3
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Posted 26 January 2009 - 09:07 PM

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I'm sorry for bothering, but how do I install the script? :oops:

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When I try to download it , I placed it in scripts >then it's a invalid file that doesn't work


look here beginning-with-gimp-starting-tutorial-for-new-users-t34772.html or in the Glossary Pinned in the help forum, for how install scripts..

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then it's a invalid file that doesn't work


file is fine and works,...if you
download AND install properly
(you may even do everything in a single step :
RIGHT click on the DL link chose "save target as"/"all files" and indicate your gimp script folder as the place where save)
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