How to Create a Stained Glass Effect in Gimp
This is a tutorial on achieving a stained glass look in The Gimp.
Yeah, the title pretty much says it. I've been playing with this stained glass look that I think I invented. It may exist else where, but I haven't seen it.
Anyway, it ended up to be a pretty cool technique and I felt the need to share it. If you like this technique please use it and if you could, show me the results and your own take on it. And what ever you do, Have fun with it!
Stained glass tutorial
Ok, first get something you want to give a stained glass look to or an outline of any thing you want . I'm going to use a chess piece as an example. I got this silhouette from the internet. It doesn't matter what you use. Use your imagination.
Keep the piece in "select" mode and go to select and click on "select editor" and then click the icon indicated by the number 1. Then go to "EDIT" choose "stroke selection" for this tutorial the image is 1000x1000 pix, so for this I chose an outline of 6. Then use the paint bucket and fill the center of the chess piece with white.
The illustration above should be your desired result.
Now paint some black lines here and there as you choose to separate what will be the different glass panes. To get straight lines place your paint brush where you want the line to start, hold the left button of your mouse and then press the shift button releasing the mouse button and then drag that to where you want the line to end, pressing the left mouse button to end the line.
Go to "layers", then "transparency" and then click "add alpha channel"
Now choose the magic wand and select an area, then copy, cut and paste You must copy, cut and paste or when you go to filters you'll have the "whole" piece selected, rather than the area you want..Also, you must copy, cut and paste every time you do a new section of the stained glass piece. Now go to "filters" ,"render", "clouds" and finally "solid noise" which I couldn't, for some reason, fit into the screen shot. click "ok".
Now go to "colors" then "colorize" choose a different color for each pane, repeating the steps from where you used the magic wand to where you "colorized" till your piece is completely filled and that my friends is it! Easy as pie and such a great result.
The above illustration is the end result!
If you want you can do gray out lines instead of black and if you really want to get fancy you can darken the outside of the gray, blend it and then put a white highlight, the end result being a gray solder look.
There may be a slight bit of white around each piece. If so, and if you're are a perfectionist, like I try to be. Just thicken the black lines, which may also mean you have to repeat the steps for the outline. Or, you could cut out each pane, which is a pain. either way, I think the end result is a pretty cool and realistic looking stained glass piece. I hope you agree and make some great stained glass art. Good luck!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Paul Ferland