How to Make Mountains in Gimp

Written by daniel ketchum
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Many people involved in fantasy games like to create maps of the worlds they play in. These maps usually show the landscape in addition to locations, so it is important to be able to draw map like mountains. In addition, you will want these mountains to have the appearance that you see on old maps, rather than the demographic lines you see on modern maps. Fortunately, you can easily use the freeware program GIMP to get this program.

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  1. 1

    Open GIMP. Select "File" from the menu, and then choose "New Document."

  2. 2

    Go to the "Layers" menu. Click on the "Create New Layer" button. Go to the toolbar and select the "Lasso" tool, which is the third tool in the first row.

  3. 3

    Use the lasso tool to draw a rough shape for the mountain, creating jagged edges.

  4. 4

    Select the "Blend" tool, which is the first tool in the fourth row of the toolbar. At the bottom of the toolbar, click on the two coloured squares to change the foreground colour to light brown and the background colour to a darker brown.

  5. 5

    Change the "Shape" to "Shaped Angular" from the tool options at the bottom. Drag with the "Blend" tool over the selection to apply the gradient and complete your mountain.

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