How to make glitter pictures with gimp

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How to make glitter pictures with gimp
Make an image sparkle with glitter animation. (festive lights image by kuhar from Fotolia.com)

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software program that can be used to edit or create images, including animated ones. Animated images that have the appearance of sparkling glitter are commonly seen on the Internet at places such as personal blogs, websites, image sharing sites, and social networking sites. With the use of the GIMP software, these animated glitter images are relatively easy to make yourself.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • GIMP software program
  • An image to edit

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the picture you want to transform into a glitter animation.

  2. 2

    Duplicate the picture several times by clicking the Duplicate Layer button. Most glitter animations will only need three or four layers.

  3. 3

    Select the first Layer.

  4. 4

    Choose the Fuzzy Select Tool (the magic wand) from the Toolbox and click on the section of the picture where you want to create glitter. Or, use the Select By Color Tool (it looks like a hand pointing to three boxes coloured red, blue, and green) if you want all areas that are the same colour to have glitter.

  5. 5

    Go to Filters, choose Noise and then RGB Noise. In the dialogue box that opens up, make sure that Correlated Noise and Independent RGB are unchecked. Put the settings for Red, Green, and Blue at .20. Click on the OK button.

  6. 6

    Select the second Layer and repeat Step 5, except increase the settings for Red, Green, and Blue to .25 or .30. Click on the OK button. Repeat this for each layer, increasing the amount of RGB Noise each time until you get to the last layer. For the last layer lower the amount of RGB Noise back down to .20.

  7. 7

    Test your glitter animation by clicking on Filters, then Animation, and then Playback. A new window should open up. Click on the play button. Close the window after you are done viewing your animation.

  8. 8

    Click on File, then Save. Write the name of your file and add the extension .gif to the end. Animations must be saved in the GIF format to work. In the next dialogue box that opens choose Animation. Leave the rest of the settings at their default values. Click OK. Your GIF animation with GIMP should be ready to go.

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