GIMP tutorial – create a cool studio background by combining textures to create a 3d perspective room

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3perspective room

Today I am going to show you a long but simple tutorial in GIMP on how to combine two similar backgrounds and make a three dimensional room with a floorboard and a concrete wall for which I have used these two textures from sftextures.com

grey-grunge-concrete-wall-planks-dirty-old-background-white-lines-divide-dark-dusty-huge-texture-1024x682 gray-concrete-plates-building-wall-strong-in-horizontal-order-stockable-security-big-construction-artist-architecture-texture-1024x682

Since both of these textures have grey in them they are ideal to be combined. The steps are as follows

  1. Open gimp and open the right picture as a layer using ctrl + alt + O.
  2. Open the right picture as a layer using ctrl + alt + O.
  3. Resize the floorboard layer using the transform tool by pressing shift + p and reduce it to a quarter of it original size and move it to the bottom left of the border.
  4. Select the board layer and Flatten the floorboard texture using the perspective tool by pressing shift + p. Flatten it like a plateau(/”””\) or a quadrilateral so that you can have a perspective of an actual floorboard from this texture.Snap 2014-12-03 at 22.30.49
  5. Shear this using the shear tool and give a value of -120 degrees in x axis and press enter and move the texture partially out of the border.
    Snap 2014-12-03 at 22.31.49
  6. Create a duplicate of the sheared layer by pressing the two picture icon in the layer tab, Snap 2014-12-01 at 23.20.47 rename this layer as floor 2 in layers tab and move this duplicate a little to the right using move tool and after selecting shear tool again give the value 120 in x axis. Move it again to a position such that the two sheared floorboards look joined.
  7. Now duplicate floor 2 , rename it as floor 3 by pressing the two picure icon in the layer tab Snap 2014-12-01 at 23.20.47 and move this duplicate a little to the right using move tool and after selecting shear tool again give the value 120 in x axis. Move it again to a position such that all the three sheared floorboards look joined.
    Snap 2014-12-03 at 22.17.51
  8. Join the layers by right clicking the mouse over the layers tab and choosing merge down. Keep doing this till all the floor layers are merged into one layer.
  9. Amazing what you can do with just a few tools right? Now let us do the same thing with the wall only it’s much simpler. Hide the floor layers by pressing the eye icons in the layers tab Snap 2014-12-01 at 23.23.05.
  10. Now reduce the wall layer to 60 % of its size using the transform tool(shift +t) and move it to the top left of the page. Duplicate it in the layers tab by clicking the two frames icon Snap 2014-12-01 at 23.20.47 and move it to the top right of the page.
  11. Not matching? select the duplicate and flip it horizontally using the flip tool(shift+f) and clicking it once. Voila your wall now matches. Move it such that there are no gaps between them.
  12. Merge these two layers by moving the mouse & right clicking on layers tab>merge visible layers>expanded as necessary.
    Snap 2014-12-03 at 22.22.57 Snap 2014-12-03 at 22.23.20
  13. Now duplicate this merged layer by clicking the two frames icon Snap 2014-12-01 at 23.20.47 in the layers tab, move it to the bottom half of the page and rotate it 180 degrees using the rotate tool(shift+r) and merge it again with the other visible layer by moving the mouse & right clicking on layers tab>merge visible layers>expanded as necessary.
  14. Tada you have your lovely wall all by using a few tools again in GIMP. Now for the 3d effect.
  15. 3D effect basically refers to three views of length x breath x depth. We now need to create the depth for which we shall be using the gradient tool and the dodge/burn tool.
  16. Select the gradient tool(L) and select a gradient FG to transparent
    Snap 2014-12-03 at 21.56.11 and selecting the wall layer drag the mouse from the bottom centre of the page to the middle of the page. You will see a darkened wall a little above the floor board.
  17. Now select the dodge / burn tool (shift+d) select a brush scale of 10 and pressing the ctrl key keep giving vertical strokes to the wall such that it is darkened and given an illusion of depth. Repeat this step for the floor layer too.
  18. Ta da your perspective room is ready this what it should look like this:
    3perspective room

 

It took me a few tries to get it right so don’t expect to get it correctly in one stroke. Undo it by pressing Ctrl + Z and keep trying the above steps till you are satisfied and save your work

Hope you liked this tutorial. Please keep visiting sftextures.com for such future simple tutorials in GIMP.

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Contributor: srividyasundar