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Make Rain effect on your name banner with the GIMP

Ever wanted a picture with rain on it? View this! When you have no name banner or picture you can view my name banner instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/EBQN1Q5V4GEXCFM9WQ/

 
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Step 1: Open your picture and make layers

Open your picture and the layer dialog by pressing Dialogs -> Layers.
Duplicate your picture 5-6 times (the more times the nicer rain)

After you duplicated the picture a few times make a white layer between each picture:


Step 2: Scatter & Blur

Now select a white layer and press Filters -> Noise -> Scatter HSV.
Mess with the value button until it looks like this: (120 is cool)
Now scatter all layers but the layers have to have a different scatter: like 120, 121, 122, 123 ........ or else the rain will not fall. Continue until you scattered all layers.

Next, select a layer and press Filters -> Blur -> Motion Blur and mess with the angle and length until it looks like rain: (make sure you selected the 'preview' box!)

Step 3: Color to Alpha and Merging

Now the effect: Select a rain layer and press Filters -> Colors -> Color to Alpha... and set the color to white. Repeat this with all rain layers.

Final: Select a rain layer, click the right mouse button and select Merge down. Now you see something like this:

To see the result, click Filters -> animation -> Playback.

Saving: Save it as a .gif file or else it won't rain and also press save anmation in the second save screen.
Tapoo5 years ago
Thank You! This is so awesome. :) I've always wondered how to do stuff like that, and now I finally know.
Flumpkins5 years ago
Very cool, but I don't really want ot make animated gifs
Dark_Helmet7 years ago
You're probably already aware of this, but for those with little GIMP experience, you can change the length of each frame from the default (somewhere around 100ms) by editing the layer attributes. Just double click on the name of the layer in the layers dialog, and change the name of each layer to "frame 1(1000ms)" and then insert whatever name you want behind the close parens. The image explains it better than I can.
LayerNaming.jpg
babbie (author)  Dark_Helmet6 years ago
yeah I know that but the standard is OK for rain ;P
glycerinate7 years ago
mine isnt working! I made like seven layers and added the little dot thingies and saved as animation, but it wont move.
babbie (author) 7 years ago
yeah right but that's not useful for rain but OK nice comment