Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

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The past days I was looking a tutorial at Abduzeedo site, and got interested on Fabio Sasso new tutorial called Fiery Fireballs in Pixelmator and thought: Can I create fireball and explosion scene in Gimp.Yess! I can! So i decided to write tutorial and share how i making the fireball and explosion effect in Gimp.


I think this tutorial it for intermediate Gimp users, and assumes you have basic knowledge of layers mask and the tools available. You’ll learn how to transform a stock image – into a fireball and explosion scene. I hope u enjoy this one. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

For this project I will use a stockphoto from night-fate-stock at DeviantArt and a clouds brushby Javierzhx .

cloud brushes

STEP 1

open the image in Gimp.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 2

Adjust the brightness of the image.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 3

Duplicate the image layer and change the layer mode to Overlay.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 4

Create a new layer ( i'll name this one as black explosion), select black for the color and pick the Paint Brush Tool.
Using the Javierzhx clouds brush.(There is a 10 brush in Javier clouds brush set. Use this brush-Cloud Brushes by Blazter [JavierZhX].abr-005)

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Start painting the smoke. Make sure you play with the size of the brush to to create a more realistic smoke explosion effect.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 5

Then create a new layer and start painting with orange color (#ff5d25)

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Change the layer to multiply

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 6

Create again a new layer. This time i'll painting again with same orange color (#ff5d25).

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Change the layer mode to dodge.you will get some sort of fire explosion effect.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 7

Create a new layer, above all the layer, create a small circle and fill it with orange. Use the image below as reference.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Go to Filter > Gaussian Blur and use 25 as value. Use the image below as reference.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Change the layer mode to Dodge.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 8

Now I'll use an image of explosion i got from one of abduzeedo tutorial. You can download it HERE.
Import the image to our document.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 9

Reduce its size. Make the explosion.png little bit smaller.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Change the explosion.png layer mode to multiply. Add layer mask to it. Use mask to hide some part of the explosion image.
Reduce the opacity of the layer to 50%

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 10

This is the fun part for me. I'll add some fireball effect. Start painting the fireball with black color. Use the image below as reference.
(We will use the same technique from step 4 to step 6)

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 11

Now create another layer and select orange (#ff5d25) for the color.Change the layer mode of this layer to Multiply and paint over the fireball.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 12

Let's add another layer, keep the orange (#ff5d25) for the color and paint over the other fireball again.
This time however, change the layer mode of the layer to Dodge.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 13

Create a new layer. Change the layer mode to dodge and paint some yellow (#efe219) to create a realistic flame effect.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 14

Try to create another fireball.Use the same process from the previous steps.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

ADDING TEXTURE TO DESIGN

STEP 15

Let's add some textures to our design. I used a photo of a concrette wall, I really don't remember where I got that image, but you can find good ones at
Texturebits or Lost and Taken or Bittbox.
They have awesome and high quality free texture.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 16

Now, change the layer mode to burn and low the opacity to 50%

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 17

Add another layer, this time in front of all the other layers. With the Blend Tool fill the layer with a gradient from Yellow to Black.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Then just change the layer mode to Overlay.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 19

I'll add lightning effect into the image. To do this,create a new layer,above all the layer, fill our layer with black color, then go to Filters > Light and Shadows> Lighting effects.
Use image below as reference.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Change the layer mode to Overlay and low the opacity to 85.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

STEP 20

Now we are coming close to the end result.I want to add more sephia color tone to the image. Create a new layer, above all the layer and fill it with orange color(#ff5d25).
Change the layer mode to Overlay

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

MAKING THE IMAGE DARKER

STEP 21

Now this step is completely optional and depends only on your opinion. I chose to make this image more darker.
You might ask why? This is a matter of personal preference and experience. I think this tone makes this image just looks better.

However, the choice of scale depends on your idea. Sometimes changing a pieces tone can bring out details you didn't see before and achieve better all around balance, and sometimes it can completely mess up the image.
It is all up to you.

Now,create a new layer and i named it as Clouds.Fill it with white. Go to Render>Clouds>Different Clouds.and apply to the layer. I use 4 for the Detail.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp
Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Change the layer mode to Burn and low the opacity to 45%.

Now for final adjustments, add layer mask to our clouds layer

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Select black color for foreground and use gradient FG to transparent at the layer mask. Use the gradient to hide some area.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp
Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

Final Result

You can view the final image below or view a larger version here.

final tutorial image

Thanks for reading this tutorial and you can follow my update via my
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my blog:

www.puteraaladin.blogspot.com

Download XCF File

I also included the Xcf file http://www.mediafire.com/?zynmwweofwk

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