Create a Background with swirls in Gimp

Hi to all

Today we create a background with swirls in Gimp, and you learn how you can use whirl and pinch in Gimp.

Let us start now

Start Gimp and create a New Image with 1000 x 1000 px and fill it with black color

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Now create a new transparency Layer, and name it “A”

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Now go to the Brush Tool, set the Hardness to 75%, the Spacing to 10  (you found it at the right on the bottom Brush Dialog )and in the Dynamics Dialogue be sure that you choose Dynamics Off

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Put 6 circles with different size at your Layer so as you see in the Screenshot.

 

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Go now to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, set the “Whirl Angle” to 720.00.  So as you see it at the Screenshot. When you are ready click on OK.

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Now create again a new transparency Layer, name it “B” and put 5 circles with different size in it. Check carefully the position of the circles. Take a look at the Screenshot.

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Go now again to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, and make the setting as you see in the Screenshot.

 

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Now create again a new transparency Layer, name it “C”, and put 3 circles with different size in it. Once again, note the position of the circles. Look at the Screenshot.

 

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Now go to Filters>Distorts>Ripple make the Settings as you see in the Screenshot, and don’t forget to change Orientation from Horizontal to Vertical.

 

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Go now again to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, and make the setting as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “D”, put 5 circles with different size in it so as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now go to Filters>Distorts>Ripple make the Settings as you see in the Screenshot, Orientation – Horizontal, Period – 13, the rest leave as in previous time.

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Go now again to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, and make the setting as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “E”, put 5 circles with different size in it so as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now go to Filters>Distorts>Ripple make the Settings as you see in the Screenshot, Orientation – Vertical, Period 10, Amplitude 3, the rest leave as in previous time.

 

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Go now again to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, and make the setting as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now duplicate the Layer who called “E”, and rotate it 90° clockwise

 

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Take now the Move Tool and move the layer about 0.5 cm up

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Duplicate Layer “E” again Rotate 180° first and then Rotate 90° Clockwise.

 

Move the layer about 0.5 cm to the left and another 0.5 cm up

 

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “F”, put 3 circles with different size in it so as you see in the Screenshot.

 

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Go now again to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, and make the setting as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “G”, put 3 circles with different size in it so as you see in the Screenshot.

 

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Go now again to Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch, and make the setting as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now select your Layer with the black Background, take the Blend Tool and set the Gradient to “Incandescent” Reverse (click once on two sided blue arrow), Shape – Radial.

Pull the gradient from the middle of the image to its bottom part.

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “Sparkles”,Take “Sparks” brush (it comes with every version of GIMP), set size to 35 and paint along the thick white lines. Do it slowly to make nice lines. Set this layer to Hard Light so as you see in the Screenshot.

 

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “Sparkles Small”, Reduce the size of the “Sparks” brush to 15, click on Apply Jitter – Amount 10.Paint starting from the middle and go along the swirl. Then add a few more strokes between the white lines see. So as you see in the Screenshot.

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Now create again a new transparency Layer name it “Glow”,Take 0% Hardness brush, set size to 200, colour yellow “fff958” and put three dots. Set this layer to Grain Merge.

Duplicate this layer and set it to Overlay.

 

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To set the Harness Brush to 0% go to the right side, you see the Brush Tool Box, at the bottom click on edit Brush it was the second icon, and set hardness to 0%, after it you can save the Brush or delete it.

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You are now ready and you have a Background with swirls.

You can now save your Work as .xcf (so can you work each Time again on it ) or export it.

Before you save you can merge all visible Layers and flatten your Image and save it then, but when you have merge it you can not work on all the Layers again.

When you will merge go to Image>Merge Visible Layers, after it to Image>Flatten and then save as .xcf or Export your Image.

I personally save before i merge the Layers so can i work each Time again on it.

 

I wish you much Fun to try it, many thanks for reading

And as all Times, the work with Gimp is simple and easy try it.