View Full Version : Making Not So Random Coastlines in GIMP

09-17-2007, 12:52 PM
After making a couple of random coastlines over here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=870) I wanted to make some less random coastlines. More specifically, I wanted to create random coasts in GIMP (or photoshop) based on a rough sketch of a coast.

I recalled a few tutorials on making lightning using noise and difference layers and figured I'd apply the technique here.

So what follows is a graphical tutorial on making "not-so-random" coastlines...

09-17-2007, 12:56 PM
Changing the blur amount or the rendered cloud detail changes the effect.

It can also be used on any original shape!

Hope this was useful,

-Rob A>

09-17-2007, 01:21 PM
COOL!! That is a really neat trick. I had done the "difference cloud" lightning thing before, but never considered using it this way. Well done! You deserve some rep, and thankfully I was able to give you some.

09-17-2007, 01:52 PM
Brilliant! I always wondered what one could use the difference blend for, now I know!


08-09-2012, 01:29 AM
Reppin' this! Thanks for this one. It's a simple but super-helpful lesson!