GIMP is a free graphics software that allows users to create and manipulate their images. One of the best features this software offers is the ability to create thousands of different effects to text or pictures. A popular effect is the blood splatter effect. From creating a scary Halloween card to applying an original wallpaper, this is a basic level effect that can be used for several projects. You don't need to be a computer wiz to master this technique; a few clicks is all it takes to achieve a realistic blood splatter effect.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- GIMP software
Open the GIMP icon on your desktop. Click on "File" and then "New File". For this effect, the image size is irrelevant.
Move your cursor to the Toolbox window at the left side of the screen and click on the "Airbrush tool" icon.
Notice the dialogue box that appears below the Toolbox window. This is the "Airbrush" options dialogue box. Look for the "Brush" option and select the "Sparks" brush. It will be signalled by a large yellow dot.
Create a new layer. Place the cursor on your blank file and click on the "Layer" tab at the top of the window. Then, click on "New Layer".
Start painting in random patterns over your blank file. Hold down the left click on your mouse and move the cursor in different directions several times. This will make the effect look more realistic.
Go to the "Layers" dialogue box located at the bottom right side of the screen. Check the "Lock" option. Next, go to Airbrush window and notice the two squares above. Double-click on the uppermost square and change the colour to a bright red. The yellow colour should now look like a dark red.
Uncheck the "Lock" box in the "Layers" dialogue box. Then go to the "Colors" tab on the top of the file page and select the "Curves" option.
Go to the "Curves" dialogue box, go to "Channel" and select "Alpha" from the scroll down menu. Grab the ends of the curve by holding down the right-click of the mouse until you create a sort of slanted, vertical line. Click "OK". You will see a nice blood splatter effect on your screen.
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