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Lightning Tutorial

#1 User is offline   Exellioth 

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:24 PM

Hello, today (for my first ever tut) ill be showing you a lightning tutorial i learned from a video, that i put my own twist on and figured i would post here.

(i know there are a few ways to do this, but i think this is one of the simplest but yet good looking methods)


Anyway, first we open up a new canvas. Size doesn't matter, because this can be used for anything.

Start off with selecting a brush, i used circle (14) at size 3, black.
Draw the shape that you want you lightning bolt to resemble.
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Next, select the paint bucket and fill the area to the right of your bolt with black.
There should be a little white line there, which you can get rid of by brushing over it.
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Next, we want to blur that. go to filters>blur>gaussian blur. I used 55 horizontal and vertical, but this is a setting that can definetely be plaayed around with to your liking.
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Next, we want to add difference clouds. Go to filters>render>clouds>difference clouds. set the maximum detail (15) and the X and Y should be around 10.
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you should come up with something like this
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Next, we want to make the bolt white instead of black. For this we go to colors>invert. NOT select>invert.
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Now, we want to get rid of those clouds. Go to colors>color levels for this. were only looking at the top bar. find the little black arrow all the way to the left, and move it almost all the way to the right, until you think you like how it looks.
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Next, we can go to colors>colorize. Mess around with the hue and saturation until you you think it looks good. I like to keep my saturation at max, to make it stand out more
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and, were finished!remember, throughout this entire tutorial settings are meant to be played around with, to get unique outcomes :D

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#2 User is offline   jwoodsy 

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 10:26 PM

its nice but i have seen a tut very simliar to this
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#3 User is offline   Exellioth 

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Posted 07 February 2009 - 10:40 PM

hmm really? i skimmed through the first ten or so pages to see before i posted this, and none of em said lightning tut or anthing like that :|
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 01:31 AM

Yes, I think it was Fencepost that has posted a tut similar to this. But that's fine, it's a great result and I wouldnt be able to find Fencepost's tut again, it must be waaaay back.
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:23 PM

Thank you for this lightning tut. It is well set out and easy to follow. I'm going to use it in my next banner. :D
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Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:24 PM

Thank you for this lightning tut. It is well set out and easy to follow. I'm going to use it in my next banner. :D

Sorry about the double post.
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:01 PM

Is it possible to add this into a signature, or do you always end up with a straight black background?
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 04:11 PM

lol thanks for the bump :D
and, i dont think so. if your using it for sig, your probably better off just using some lightning brushes, which you can get on deviantart. after i made this, i tried putting it in a sig and its hard to make it look good, and get rid of the black :(
there are a bunch here
http://www.deviantart.com/#order=9&q=gi ... ng+brushes
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:35 PM

Exellioth said:

lol thanks for the bump :D
and, i dont think so. if your using it for sig, your probably better off just using some lightning brushes, which you can get on deviantart. after i made this, i tried putting it in a sig and its hard to make it look good, and get rid of the black :(
there are a bunch here
http://www.deviantart.com/#order=9&q=gi ... ng+brushes


Oh ok, thanks for the link, that helps me out a ton!
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#10 User is offline   Zenma 

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 09:33 PM

Nice tut Exellioth :)

Too bad it can't be used for siggies, otherwise I would be all over this :P I'm not much of a photo manipulator, but oh well. I learned something new :)
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 11:26 PM

It could be used, just paste it in a layer and hit Lighten Only.

Lmao, think outside of the box guys.
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#12 User is offline   Exellioth 

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 11:52 PM

O= ur right lol.
yeah i made this tut like a week after i started with gimp,so i wouldnt have know that XD
but yeah, lighten only will work.
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 11:54 PM

I might do a large piece with this; make abstract clouds or something and add in lightning over a city.
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