20 Handy Photo Effect Tutorials for GIMP
GIMP is free and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, which makes this image editor very popular among photographers, designers and graphic artists. It has a wide range of features and tools and its latest versions show that it’s actually a decent alternative to Photoshop. However, this open-source software may be rather difficult to get through for those get used to Adobe Photoshop.
In this post we would like to put more light on this editor and list some interesting and effective GIMP tutorials. Most of them cover nifty photo manipulation techniques and effects you might use to give a spice to your photography portfolio or online photo gallery.
This is a fun guide taking you through creating a Na’Vi character from a portrait photograph.
This tutorial takes you through the process of making a photo look more dramatic, like in a movie. A cool effect to learn, indeed.
The HDR photography usually requires a tripod and a number of specific plugins and software at the image processing stage. However, in this tutorial you can read how to create an HDR imitating effect and apply it to a portrait picture.
In this tutorial you can learn how to apply a cute jigsaw puzzle effect to images or photos with GIMP. The source files are available for download.
This tutorial will give you some basic idea on how to get started with the GIMP.
A nice tutorial on how to convert a photo into vector art so that no one would guess it’s actually a photo. By learning this effect you’ll be able to diversify your photo portfolio with some unique artwork.
Some of the best examples of selective coloring technique were showcased on our blog some time ago. This popular photo effect can be achieved with GIMP, too. Read the tutorial to learn how to do it.
Another nice effect is explained in this post. It’s quite easy to convert a portrait picture into a sketch with the help of GIMP editor.
Action photography requires ages to be mastered. Sometimes, an idea can’t wait for so long, this is when a tutorial showing you how to give speed to a static object in GIMP may come you in handy.
Retro has been a popular trend lately. Everyone is charmed by oldie portraits and wants to make the same pictures. Learn how to create a retro rough color effect in GIMP by reading this tutorial.
Diorama as a photographic effect is better known as tilt-shift. You might have seen many Photoshop tutorials related to tilt-shift technique, here is one that is referred to GIMP.
This tutorial is available in both video and text formats. It explains how to give an authentic vintage look to a picture. The author also claims that this effect tends to work best with photos with vivid colors (sky, grass, etc).
A nice photo manipulation effect any portrait photographer should have in their arsenal.
Needless to say, 3D is a one of the major trends in the modern art and design. In confirmation of this, here is a tutorial on how to create a 3D photo effect in GIMP.
When shooting people it’s crucial to know how to do skin retouch. Since the digital photography appeared people don’t want to miss the chance to look nearly perfect on pictures. Here is some useful info on how to do skin care with GIMP.
If you are obsessed with taking picture of night city life, you’ll probably like this tutorial. It shows how to use curves in GIMP photo editor to improve your night shots.
Learn how to “warholize” your photography by watching this tutorial.
Improve your landscape image by adding a sun break-through effect to it.
Sharpening is among the basic and most important tools to learn while mastering any image editor. Learn how to cope with sharpening in GIMP for better people photography.
Here comes a well-done detailed tutorial that explains how to delete annoying backgrounds from the picture by means of cloning.