I'm pretty new to this all, especially Game UI Design and I would like to know how to create a realy good looking Healthbar.

I should perhaps mention that, since I'm so new to this, I don't have Photoshop or any of the other paid Tools!

Here is an example from DeviantArt where somebody created a Bar like I would like to.

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    well first of all Welcome to GD SE ; i'm professionally game designer and since you want some brief details i'm commenting instead of answering; if you are new you can go with inkscape and gimp; both are free and supports many features; im not used to use above softs since i have photoshop and illustrator but even with gimp you can do a lot more; and about design; it always depends on theme and if you want to use photoshop you can get free trial of it :) have fun in community . i'll provide further instructions once you get clear about your software since if it photoshop then i can help a lot
    – Mr.Online
    May 17, 2019 at 5:54
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    What do you expect as an answer? The question is really vague and 'a really good looking' something is a subjective statement. If you don't have any experience with software maybe it's a good idea to learn some software first? May 17, 2019 at 8:07
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    @Design Phoenix thanks for the comment and I think I will go with gimp xD
    – N3wb33
    May 17, 2019 at 12:09
  • @Sergey I know that good looking isn't rly a good description, thats why I added the link for the picture. Concerning learning the software first: Probably a good idea. I will look for some nice tutorials.
    – N3wb33
    May 17, 2019 at 12:13

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You could use GIMP (which is free) to create such a texture. No need to buy anything! Since you have no experience, here's a very simple method:

  1. Open a new image in GIMP using File > New, and set the image size to the size of the health bar you want.

  2. Click Filters > Render > Noise > Solid Noise. Deselect the link icon to break the aspect ratio. This is located to the right of the X and Y size sliders. Adjust the X, Y and Detail sliders until you get a texture you like. For example:

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  1. Click Colors > Colorize and choose a nice bright colour:

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  1. Click Layer > New Layer, choose transparency as the fill colour

  2. Select a bright contrasting colour as the foreground colour (I chose a bright blue shown below)

  3. With the Gradient Tool, click and drag to make a Foreground to Transparent gradient. You can choose this option in the gradient dialog which is shown as FG (t) in the example below

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  1. Finally set the layer blending Mode in the layers panel to Value (HSV). This will allow more of the texture detail to show through the blue overlay.

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  • You're too nice May 17, 2019 at 12:05
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    Thanks for the answer that really helped me a lot. And I think I have to thank you for replacing the link with the actual picture as well so thank you :)
    – N3wb33
    May 17, 2019 at 12:15
  • @ZachSaucier - well, we were all newbies once upon a time!
    – Billy Kerr
    May 17, 2019 at 16:32

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