GIMP is my image editor/creator of choice on both Windows and Linux however I prefer Photoshop on Mac. If you have any experience of Photoshop you will know how to use these tools, brushes and effects in it. GIMP as I have reviewed before in both ‘5 Lightweight Alternatives to Popular Applications‘ and in ‘Top 5 Free Windows Applications’ is an awesome free and open-source, cross-platform tool. The release I’m going to be using today is Gimp 2.6 which can be downloaded from the Gimp Website.
Okay firstly start up Gimp and create a new image which is 1024 x 768. Go to advanced options and click foreground colour, by default this is black but you can change it easily to another colour with the bucket fill tool.
Now you should create a new layer, call this layer Flames or whatever you want to, however I don’t advise leaving it as untitled because when you are doing more complex projects they will require many different layers. You can always skip this step, as I did in the video (to save time) or to just because you can’t be bothered, this however, won’t deliver the best end results if you end up adding something else or editing it at a later date. The next layer you create should be transparent.
Before the next step it is important for you to chose your color scheme, so pick the two colors you are going to using the Toolbox(for this tutorial I am honouring Ubuntu and using Purples). Now, in the toolbar, follow this Filters>Render>Nature>Flame. It should present you with the window in the screenshot below.
There are now a few options, today although, I will only be using a few. The first thing you should do is adjust the brightness to the level you want it at. The next thing you should do it is adjust the contrast. Finally adjust the Gamma. My settings for this are Brightness: 1.00, Contrast 5.00, Gamma: 3.81. Now select camera from the tabs above these options and adjust the view until you find one you want, my settings are Zoom: 3.46, X: 0.45, Y: -0.99.
Now go to the edit option on the top of the window and you can chose the look of your flame. You can chose what it looks like manual or get set of random options. Here is my end result.
Here’s the video