# Topic: lightning ring (Page 1 of 1)

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted 01-24-2009 17:24

hello,
i am looking for a tutorial or a guide or helpful inmate who describes how to come up with an image like this:

i already managed to get a glowing circle by using an overlay-layer, but how could i do these lightnings?

thanks!

(Edited by GRUMBLE on 01-24-2009 17:25)

Arthurio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: cell 3736
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted 01-24-2009 22:01

this is how I'd do it:

(click for .psd)

1) make the canvas width = 4*heigth
2) draw a straight gradient with black - cold blue - white - cold blue - black
3) play with smudge and different brushes to get the result you want
4) polar coordinates
5) resize to width = heigth

edit: if you want thinner spikes then you can try making the initial canvas width = 8*heigth or more ...

(Edited by Arthurio on 01-24-2009 22:03)

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted 01-24-2009 23:58

thanks a lot Arthurio!
nice tutorial!

yeah, i'd like the spikes a bit more spikey

Tao
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

posted 01-30-2009 13:41

Nice work Arthurio

DarkGarden
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: in media res
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted 05-23-2009 12:20

Too time limiting...though hands-on is always better as you can tweak whichever bit you really want to.

For this, though, you want NOISE --- WIND --- POLAR COORDINATES

It's a pretty simple process really...and kind of a goofy old trick (hence the goofy old guy coming back to explain it)

1) Make sure your starting canvas is square.

2) Draw yourself a line however thick you want, down the CENTER of the canvas.

3) Dick with the line however you want, make it thicker, then thinner etc. etc., doesn't matter...just keep it center, and basically straight.

5) Play with FILTER >>> STYLIZE >>> WIND (use both directions to achieve the posted results) as many times as you want for however long you want the spikes.

6) Rotate your spiky line 90 degrees so it's horizontal.

7) FILTER >>> DISTORT >>> POLAR COORDINATES ---Rectangular to Polar

8) do more, blur out, overlay, get your glowiness

(Edited by DarkGarden on 05-23-2009 12:21)

WebShaman
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: The Happy Hunting Grounds...
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted 05-23-2009 16:33

Nice one Peter.

Thanks!

WebShaman | The keenest sorrow (and greatest truth) is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
- Sophocles

Tao
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

posted 05-26-2009 16:06

Nice walk through DarkGarden. Adding noise was a great insight, I'd missed that step in my thoughts on how the technique would go. I also thought that running the wind filter in the opposite direction would smudge the effects from the first pass of wind ~couldn't resist~
I do think that the overall effect can be enhanced by a little hands on Liquefy.

kaboi
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Nairobi, Kenya
Insane since: Mar 2002

posted 05-28-2009 14:21

Nice Tutorial!

Played around with it some more and realized you can get a very nice spiky effect if you add a radial blur with zoom option.

Arthurio
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: cell 3736
Insane since: Jul 2003

posted 05-28-2009 14:52

or you can add any blur you want before the polar coordinates

Blook
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Utah, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted 06-05-2009 07:57

I have a black square on one layer and my white line on another layer, but when I go to do the Wind filter it is grayed out. I don't have anything selected, I'm on the white line layer, it is an RGB 16bit color image. I'm not sure why it is grayed out. Any ideas?

Tao
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

posted 06-05-2009 13:44

Not all the filters work on 16bit images. Change to 8bit. Image>Mode>8 bits/channel

Blook
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Utah, USA
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted 06-05-2009 23:48

Thanks, that did the trick.

I want to play with this and see if I can merge it with the fire effect that Mahjqa did a long time ago and make a burning ring of fire. Johnny Cash FTW!