Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Create sunburst effect in Gimp

In this article I am going to show you how to create the famous sunburst effect using Gimp. This effect is popularised by party and event posters and can be used as a great background. The concepts explained here can be also used in Photoshop.

This is the end result after reading this article:

Let's start with a blank white image:

Make sure that you set black (or the sunburst color of your choice) as the background color:

Next we are going to use the Blinds filter to fill the image with black vertical lines - Go to Filters...Distorts...Blinds and set the orientation to Vertical, Displacement to 62 and Number of Segments to 12:

The last step is to use the Polar Coordinate filter - Go to Filters...Distorts...Polar Coordinates and leave everything default:
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