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Aeris by lifebtb Aeris by lifebtb
Inspired by a tune named "Aurora Borealis" by Technetium. Look for this and possibly other works by me on an upcoming Technetium album, also tentatively titled "Aeris". :)

I used the "Fractals.Chaos" brushes created by ~Flipvlug and converted to GIMP by ~Hairy-Munky for this piece. [link]

A big thank you to both artists!

The zip file (click "Download" to get it) contains this wallpaper in the following sizes:

800 x 600
1024 x 768
1280 x 1024

Please credit me by linking back to the original deviation if you want to redistribute or display this piece elsewhere. Thanks.

=lifebtb
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Hopegirl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
cool... I like everything about it.... cool effect
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lifebtb Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually still like this one, too. :)
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TeufelHosen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
great work!
how did you get the cool reflection effect below the fractal? i may have to steal that trick for some of my fractals.
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lifebtb Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)

The reflection is something I've had to practice a bit at. I like playing with lighting... Here's the basic steps in Gimp 2.2.13:

1) Create the image you want to reflect on a single layer. In this case it was just the fractals because I knew the sphere would be off the canvas in the reflection.

2) Duplicate that layer (I name the duplicate layer "Reflection"), then flip the Reflection layer vertically. (Layer->Transform->Flip Vertically)

3) Move the Reflection layer down the canvas with the down arrow key so it stays vertically aligned. Keep moving it down until it lines up where you want the reflection "surface" to be.

4) Play with the transparency/opacity of the Reflection layer so that it is lighter but still recognizable. In this case I set the opacity to 20%. That's usually close to the right value.

Now the experimentation begins. Each image tends to be a little different. The angles and shortness of this reflection allowed me to get away with not having to stretch or skew it with the perspective tool, but sometimes you need to do that. If you want to add depth to the image you may need to stretch the bottom of the reflection layer so it gets wider toward the bottom. That gives the illusion of depth.

This image was done entirely in grayscale at first. Plain white is easier to work with for lighting tricks (that's my experience, anyway). The blue color is a single layer filled with blue and set to "overlay", on top of all the others.

I put the gradient layer on TOP of the reflection layer, with 100% opacity, using a background color to transparent gradient. Putting it over top of the reflection gives it a fading effect and the misty feel.

The ripple was done with Gimp's Ripple Distort (Filters->Distorts->Ripple). I selected the entire reflection layer, applied the ripple filter with the period set to 20 and the amplitude at 5. Play with these settings to change how the waves look...

That's it. So, copy the layer, flip it, line it up, shape and distort it as needed with the perspective tool, apply a ripple, then cover it with a gradient and apply a color overlay to the whole thing. There's other ways to do it, but that's the method that works best for me.

Hope that helps!
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TeufelHosen Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
thank you muchly. i'll have to play with this soon.
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lilykins Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
surreal! i love this one...

*a comment in two parts...symphony by a sleepy gal*
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lifebtb Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks m'lady! :glomp:
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lilykins Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2006
BEAUTIFULLY
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