I want to make something horror-like, but the only thing that comes to mind is "Melting of skin". So I experimented with GIMP but couldn't find anything. What specifically I want it to look like, is this:

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    Hell-0 Michael! Can you show us what you've tried and edit your question to add some context and be more specific, and maybe even the file you've made tests on? Dripping blood, flesh, brains or whatever are all using similar techniques and tutorials. All I see in this animated gif is an hungry dyno but not much dripping! Maybe you should move the character in this animation a few steps forward for this to happen ;)
    – go-junta
    Aug 21, 2015 at 9:36

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You won't find any "automatic" melting/dripping effects.

You need to learn to make your own by matching 2 or more pictures together, and using layers masks (or whatever it's called in Gimp.)

The trick to show skin as if it was peeled off or removed somehow is to use a picture with bones, and the original picture. You can also use different bones and stick them under the main subject, as long it biologically makes sense.

I don't know Gimp but you can use the same similar basic techniques in Photoshop or Gimp.

When you don't know how to draw something, you don't re-invent the wheel; you simply use 2 pictures and merge them together.

For example these 2 pictures:

Happy Skeleton

Britney Spears doesn't know what's coming

Can become like this:

All I did was to put Britney's picture on a layer on top of the skeleton, and then I erased some parts of her face with different brush transparency, using a layer mask. And you can add red to show some tension or whatever fluid you want.

Britney is melting for Photoshop

And if you want to add dripping stuff

You can use a bright color and trace roughly some lines and use overlay on that layer. It doesn't need to be perfect.

Then you duplicate that layer and move it slightly up/down and left/right, and add a saturation on it. It's an easy way to get a thick liquid effect with some shine!

You can add some dimension to the ripped skin by adding a line of a darker red as I did on the top of the mouth. That layer is simply in multiply. And then if you want even more realistic effect, you add very light shadow under these areas to give the impression the skin is at a higher level than the bone. And you can also add some lighter color on top of this area to add more light and add more dimension too. I didn't do any shadow or lightning effect in this example below.

Bleeding effect

You can use embossing and other colors

If you want some alien kind of dripping, you can use other blending modes and add some embossing to the "fluids", and simply change the colors.

Britney: We come in peace

You can add muscles or anything other parts and merge them too with layers masks and add shadows

Use layer blending modes, some layers with brush, and lot of layer masks and play with transparency.*

This is getting serious

This is what was used.

Fake human parts

If you wanted to make an animation with these effects, you'll need to make many of these images with different melting and dripping phases, and assemble them.

* I know the eyeball is not the same color. Her contact lenses fell off.

  • One could add a muskcle layer too ;)
    – joojaa
    Aug 22, 2015 at 8:03
  • @joojaa One could indeed! Pretty much anything can be added... metal and electronic parts, unborn twin! Not much limits, very fun.
    – go-junta
    Aug 22, 2015 at 9:05

The simpliest way would be to change the color of the place you want burned out. But make sure you do it step by step, so only change a little bit of color every frame.

I hope you do know how animations work in GIMP?

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