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Animated rain is a fun effect you can add to any image. Animated rain is just like it sounds as well. Its an effect you add to your image that well... makes it look like its raining!
The first thing you need is an image to put the rain effect on. I think sad and depressing images or gray scaled images work the best (since the effect is rain), but the image you use is up to you.
Here's the image I'm using:
Next you'll want to open your image in gimp.
Once your image is open you'll want to duplicate your image twice. To do so right click on the image layer then click on duplicate image. You'll do this twice so you have 3 layers (1 original and 2 duplicates)
You now have 3 image layers. You'll need to add 3 more but this time we just want plain white layers. To do so go to Layer > New Layer. You'll want to make sure you have the fill color selected to white because we want all 3 of our new layers to be white.
Okay, now we need to rearrange our layers. After each image layer we need a layer of white. Like below.
Okay, that wasn't too hard was it? Now we need to add some noise. The noise is going to be our raining effect! Click on one of the white layers and and on the top bar go to Filters > Noise > RGB Noise.
A window will pop up that looks like this.
You'll want to click the box for correlated noise. This will make the rain darker (but it you want lighter rain, don't click correlated noise). You'll also want to make sure your values are the same or about the same as mine - this should be the default values for them, so they should be the same as soon as the noise window pops up.
Then click okay.
Okay, one of our white layers has noise. You might not be able to see the noise on your image yet if you picked a bottom layer, but if you look to the side of the layer you picked you can see the noise in it.
We need to do the same to all the other white layers. Click on another white layer and click Ctrl + f (on your keyboard). This will duplicate the effect to this layer. Do the same with the last white layer.
Okay, so we've added noise to our white layers layers. Now we need to blur the noise so it will look like rain instead of a snow storm!
Click on one of the white layers. Then at the top click on Filters > Blur > Motion Blur.
A motion blur dialog box will pop up. You can adjust the settings to whatever you like, but below are the settings that I personally like to use.
Then click okay when you've gotten it how you want. The noise layer will change to your new effect..
Click on another white layer and click ctrl + f. The effect will repeat. Then do the same with the remaining white layer.
Your layer box should now look something like this:
See how the noise layers are blurred?
Next, we need to change the mode of white layers with the noise in them. The layer mode box below (in red) is where you pick your layer mode. I personally like overlay, but you can pick another one (Multiply and Divide work good too).
You'll want to change all the layers with noise in them (the white layers) to your desired layer mode. Once you've changed them all we need to merge the white layers into the image layer below them.
Click on one of the white noise layers. Then go to the top bar and click Layer > Merge down. This will merge the noise layer you selected into the one below it. You'll want to make sure you ONLY merge the white layers into the image ones.
When you've merged them it should look like this:
Okay, we're almost done!
Now, you can go to Filters > Animation > Playback to see your rain design.
After you view it (or decide not to) you need to go to Filters > Animation > Optimize (for Gif).
Another window will pop up. Make sure this is the creation you save since this is the optimized one.
To save your design go to File > Save As.
A new window will pop up.
Make sure you save your image as a gif. Otherwise the image won't be animated.
Another window will pop up. Make sure you click save and animation. This part is also very important because if you don't click it there will be no animation either.
Finish saving your design.
Then upload it to your favorite image hosting site.
You've got animated rain!
Beautiful isn't it?
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