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Guide: 1 way to create trails by gucken Guide: 1 way to create trails by gucken
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Here's "A Very Small Guide" on how to create trails my way!

This is not meant to be a step-by-step tutorial, but to be a small reminder that playing around and experiments will help you eventually! Furthermore it only explains the real basics of my technique.
Also, I was using photoshop and windows for this tutorial.
Basic knowledge about photoshop is required I think, as, again, this isn't step by step at all.

All example pictures in my guide are from my own gallery.


This is a technique I have developed on my own, there might be others who have the same way of doing things, and that is cool and fine and all :)
But what is even better, is, that there are completely different ways of doing trails, as well!

Check out for example :thumbsup:


So don't follow each of my steps like a madman, but try to understand the basics I tried to convey.


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:iconfelewin:
Felewin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very cool!
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite welcome :)
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PapaBearKC Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great tutorial and a cool trick for creating trails! I'm waiting on my first tablet to be delivered in just a few days. Will most likely use this on an upcoming piece...just couldn't get it right. Thanks! :thumbsup:
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gucken Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! How's the tablet? :)
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:iconjmio:
jmio Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
gonna try this out as soon as possible :)
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, thanks! :)
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Bull53Y3 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Nach so einem tut habe ich schon lange gesucht, Danke für`s Bereitstellen!! :clap: :heart:
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freut mich, dass ich helfen konnte :)
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:iconbenbischop:
benbischop Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
This is also Awesome info...;)
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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Sniper115A3 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010   Digital Artist
This tutorial was very helpful. Have a look [link]
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :)
I'm glad it was helpful :)
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:iconpaliodor:
Paliodor Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Nice tut, it will be very useful for me.
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! I'm glad to hear that! :)
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ERHBuggy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Thank-you very much! your tutorial was used here: [link]
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! I'm glad it was useful :)
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:iconlyolicious:
Lyolicious Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Thank you very much for this :)
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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:icondruz:
DruZ Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
This is brilliant. Can you now make 99 other tutorials that explains everything els you do? :D
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D I'll think about it :D
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:iconst0rmblade:
st0rmblade Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool, now only if gimp had a stretch command
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
I didn't know it hadn't
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st0rmblade Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if it does have stretch, i havnt found it yet. best i can do is use the smudge tool and lower the opacity
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AkitoShikyoken Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is indeed helpful. ^^
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad :)
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AkitoShikyoken Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, do you have some sort of effective way of making rocketships or other random spaceships?? I tried once and used this. The only thing that looked good was the trail. ^^; I suck as ships.
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gucken Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hi! :)
it's pretty simple to be honest, as it follows the same procedure for everything.
you can start by blocking in rough shapes and go more and more into detail

this guide might be of some help:
[link]
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AkitoShikyoken Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... OK. ^^ Thank you for the advice. I'll check out that link.
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome! Thank you! I have always wondered how you do this!
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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h3llb0yn3cr0 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am keeping this here, with me. This is the god of trail tuts.
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gucken Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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LoveLien Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
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<3! -hugs-
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gucken Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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humanofprey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing :)
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worries :)
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Awsome work
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Your welcome
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial, I like when people explain how they make some of the trickiest things to paint their own way :nod: :thumbsup:
Thank you :D
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gucken Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :D I'm glad to hear that :)
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Snateraar Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Thanks for the guide!
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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bishoujo23 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Amazing :)
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gucken Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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blackfeathers Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing, its really helpful. :)
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:icongucken:
gucken Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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anakinpedro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
An interesting and usefull guide. I hope it not will be the last :thumbsup:
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