How to create a sun in Gimp | Tutorial

How to create a sun in Gimp

How to create a sun in Gimp

In the last time we have been dealing more with the topic “space” on the channel. Therefore, you can also find an article about the starry sky in Gimp. To make sure that the sky is always brightly lit, we would like to show you how you can create a sun in Gimp. Of course, there are no limits to your imagination and you can make suns in all sizes and colors you like. Your Gimp sun can be suitable for any science fiction movie! However, if you are just looking for a pattern and don’t want to create a sun yourself, we also offer a ready-made download at the end of the article!

This is what you should keep in mind when creating a sun in Gimp:

It’s important that you don’t just put a bright yellow blob there. The challenge with a sun in Gimp is that, in addition to the color play, you also have to get the brightness right. Because of the bright radiation, the center often looks much brighter than the edge. Therefore, take a look at our technique, with which you can finish the project according to your own ideas. And if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to visit us on Youtube and write us in the comments!

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Choose a suitable background in Gimp
  • Create via “Layer” -> New layer, 3 transparent layers
  • Select the brush and create a new brush. Click on the brush selection and then on the brush in the lower right corner
  • Give the new brush a name, choose a radius of about 100 and a hardness between 0.50 and 0.60
  • Choose a suitable size and the color white and set a point on the top transparent layer
  • For the layer in the middle increase the brush size significantly and choose a yellow color
  • For the bottom layer increase the brush size again and use an orange-red hue
  • With a right click on the top layer -> Merge down, you merge the 3 layers to one star
  • Duplicate the layer and select the bottom one of it
  • Go to “Filter” -> Noise -> Select and set both sliders to 50
  • Set the opacity of the upper layer to 50%
  • Merge the two layers as explained above
  • Done!


So creating a sun in Gimp is easy and if you need to, just download our pattern. It should also be mentioned that we have only used a very simplified method here. In the near future there will be a post where we want to create a much more realistic sun in Gimp, so that it is also suitable for very high-quality projects. For now, though, we wish you a lot of fun and hope you got further with our help. Good luck with all your projects!

Video tutorial:

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