How to Make Metal in GIMP

Written by carol adams
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Metal textures are often used as background for high tech, modern looking web pages. They can also serve as the background for advertisements related to mechanical or technical businesses. While you can purchase metal textures from stock graphics distributors, you can also use GIMP to simply make your own, free of charge. The process for doing this is quick and simple.

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  1. 1

    Start GIMP. Select "File" from the menu and choose "New." In the options that appear, enter the desired width and height and click "OK."

  2. 2

    Select the "Paint bucket" tool from the toolbar and use it to fill the canvas with a dark grey. Select "Filter" from the menu and choose "Light and Shadow." From the options, choose "Lighting Effects." A dialogue will open.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Materials" tab and click on "Metallic."

  4. 4

    Click on the "Light" tab and change the "Type" to directional. Change the "Color" to what you want for the metal. In the preview, drag the end of the light until you like the result. Click "OK" and save your work.

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