Edward Cullen’s drink and smile move

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , , , on 04/25/2011 by itsmeela

my first GIF project...

This is my first and only (as of now) GIF project and I did it with GIMP too!  I made it more than a year ago.  🙂

2010 in review

Posted in GIMP on 01/03/2011 by itsmeela

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how my blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 188 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 82mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 5th with 161 views. The most popular post that day was Make your own Avatar with #GIMP.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were stumbleupon.com, itsmeela.wordpress.com, gimpusers.com, facebook.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for cartoon effect gimp, gimp cartoon, gimp cartoon effect, gimp cartoon filter, and gimp picture insidea bottle.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Make your own Avatar with #GIMP May 2010
4 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


Photo to Comic Cartoon Effect #GIMP May 2010
1 comment


Melting Dripping Text with #GIMP March 2010


3D Photo Effect with #GIMP March 2010


Adding Shadow with #GIMP August 2010
2 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

Not bad!!! Thanks for viewing my posts!  😉

Happy Halloween! ;-)

Posted in GIMP with tags , on 10/27/2010 by itsmeela

Making a fake tattoo with #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , on 10/14/2010 by itsmeela

I personally don’t like tattoos. I mean I respect people with tattoos but I would never have one. If you’re one of those people who can’t afford to have a real tattoo, you can now have a fake one added to your image. I’ve encountered a tutorial about it and it’s so easy.

Here’s how to do it.

1. Open the image of the person you want to work on. Then open the image of the tattoo as layer and place it on the body part where you want it. Resize and rotate the tattoo as you want it just like the one below.

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2.  With the tattoo layer activated, select Layer -> Layer to Image Size to make it the same size as the photo layer.

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3.  With the tattoo layer still selected, choose Filters -> Map -> Displace. The layer selected in both X and Y displacements should be your subject or the layer that contains the person’s image. I used 5 for both X and Y but it would also depend on your images. Then click OK when you are done.

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After you’ve done the above, your photo should look like the one below. Look how it holds onto the contours of the nose.

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4. Finally, set your tattoo layer to Multiply mode, adjust the opacity to your liking and we’re done! You may also want to try other layer blend modes and use what you prefers.

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My source

Adding Shadow with #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , on 08/21/2010 by itsmeela

I found a tutorial that makes adding a shadow so easy.  Here’s how it’s done.

1.  Select an object or person that you want to have a shadow.

2.  Once you’ve opened the image, select the Fuzzy Select Tool. Threshold should be at 15, which is the standard value. Then click the white area outside the bottle.  Hold down the Shift key to activate the “Add to the current selection” function and click all the white areas inside the bottle. After which, invert the selection by going to Select > Invert.

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3.  Click on Edit > Copy (Crtl+C).  Then Go to Edit > Paste into. You’ll be seeing  a Floating Selection layer in the Layers window.  Add a new layer (Layer > New Layer).  The Floating selection layer is now a normal layer.  Now you have to duplicate this layer. Right click on the layer and select Duplicate Layer (Shift+Crtl+D).  You need those two layers because one of them will be used as the shadow and the top layer will make it look as the shadow is behind the bottle as it should be.  Then press Crtl+Shift+A to get rid of the selection.

4.  Now we will be doing the shadow.  Select the middle layer. Check the Lock Alfa Channel box in the layer window as shown in the image below.

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Fill it with black by selecting Edit > Fill with FG Color (make sure your FG color is black).  You won’t be able to see any changes but if you hide the layer above, you’ll see that you have created the beginning of the shadow (as in the image below). Just don’t forget to make the layer visible again. Then uncheck the Lock Alfa Channel box in the layer window.

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5. With the middle layer still active, go to Tools > Transform Tools > Perspective. Drag the left and right upper corner down as shown below.

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6. Now we will give the shadow some blur to make it more realistic. But before we do that, first go to Layer > Layer to Image Size to avoid having sharp edges on the shadow. Then go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur with a radius of 20px.

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7. Now to add some gradient to it, select Layer > Mask > Add Layer Mask or right click on the layer and select Add Layer Mask.  Then set black as the foreground color and white as the background color.  Afterwards, select the Blend Tool and use the FG to BG gradient.  Draw the gradient across the shadow (with the layer mask selected) as shown below.

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And voila! we’re done!

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Thanks to my tutorial!

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Lomography Effect in #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , , , on 06/19/2010 by itsmeela

Hey guys!

I just tried a very very easy and quickly done lomography effect on my photos. Everybody can do it in just a sec.

1. Open your image in GIMP.

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2.  Select Colors -> Curves and make adjustments to change the colors.  Click on the Channel arrow tab to change channels. Then do an ‘S’ curves on all channels (value, red, green) except for the blue channel. Please see a sample of an ‘S’ curve below.

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Then do the opposite ‘S’ curve for the blue channel as shown below.

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3.  Duplicate your layer. Then select Colors -> Map -> Gradient Map (make sure your foreground and background colors are black and white). Then set the layer mode to Overlay and lessen the opacity to 50%.

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4.  Add a new layer and name it ‘border’. Then select the blend tool with FG to transparent gradient, shape: radial. Then click on the arrow to reverse the shades.  Stroke it across the image as shown below.

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Then set the opacity to 50%. And we’re done!!!

Before and After

Another output:

Thanks again to my source!

Make your own Avatar with #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , on 05/30/2010 by itsmeela

Eversince I watched the movie Avatar, I’ve always wanted to have my own avatar.  Alas! I saw a tutorial about it! 

Wanna make your own too? Follow the steps! 

1. Open your portrait picture. I think it is better if it is really a frontal view like mine below. 

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2. Duplicate your photo and work on the copy. We will have to work on the distortion of the face first. We need to have bigger eyes and make the nose more connected to the eyes. (it was not really effective on my nose though because I have a ‘flat’ nose…haha). 

Anyway, click on Filter -> Distort -> IWarp. Then select “Move” and change the values to 30 (Radius) and a strength of 0.3.  These values are used for an image that is 1000x1000px big.  You can increase the radius if you have a bigger picture. 

Now start at the top of the nose in the middle:  drag the parts of the top nose a little to the left and a little to the right. You can work from top to bottom. Be careful not to move too much of the nose into the eyes. Don’t click OK yet as we will also work with the eyes. 

If your eyes became a bit too much distorted, use the “Remove” option in the dialogue (which should still be shown).  Drag the mouse slowly over the left eye towards the nose and do the same on the right. Be sure not to move too much to the nose as  it may remove your distorted nose. 

We’re still not done! 

By now the eyes should be looking normal again, we’re now going to make them a bit bigger. Select “Grow” and a radius of 70. Then click the center of the pupils (left and right eye) and click 3 to 4 times, each time the eye should become a little bigger. If you think the nose and the eyes look okay now, then click OK. 

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3.  Now let’s work on the blue skin.  The tutorial that I used exported color values from the Colors / Color balance dialogue. You can download the file here (right click and “Save as…”) and import it using the Color Balance dialogue (click the import-button at the top). 

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4.  The whole picture is colorized. We will have to use a layer mask to bring the original hair color and else back in. 

Before using the layer mask, we’re going to use the Quick Mask first, where we will paint on a temporary layer using black and white to get a really detailed and nice selection. 

Click the “QuickMask” Button on the bottom left corner of the image window. A red overlay should now show. 

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You can now paint “Black” and “White” to make the selection. Black color (this is the red overlay in the beginning) represents full transparency in the selection and white represents fully selected parts after finishing the QuickMask. 

Paint with white using a smooth brush to select the parts that will remain blue, which is the skin part. Then use a smaller brush and carefully paint the eyes with black to make it transparent after we finish the masking. 

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5.  Now click the QuickMask-button again to get a nice selection of it. 

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Right click the layer in the layers dialogue and click on “Add Layer Mask”. Choose “Selection” in the dialogue and click OK.  Your image should now look like the one below. 

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6. Now we’ll have to work on the eyes to make them more like the na’vi eyes. Choose the Elliptical Selection tool and drag a selection around the iris. Select  Edit -> Copy  and then Edit -> Paste.  Name the floating selection ‘Iris’. The iris is now a separate layer. 

Then use Colors / Colorize to get a yellow into it. Hue: 56, Saturation: 55, Lightness: 0.  Do this on both eyes. 

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7. Now we will be putting on the stripe like paintings on the whole body. 

Create a new layer and use the free select tool now to make that kind of painting.  Hold shift to add more selections at once. Make sure that you make all stripes in one layer. 

Once you’re done, fill it with black (Select Black as new Foreground-Color – then do Edit -> Fill with Foreground color). 

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8. Now, activate the lock-transparency button below the opacity ruler in the layers dialogue. Then select Filter -> Render -> Clouds -> Solid Noise: 0 / 15 (details) / 5.0 / 5.0. 

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9. Deactivate the lock-transparency by clicking it again. We need to smoothen the ‘stripe’ paintings. Select Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur: 10px. 

Select the eraser tool and delete overlapping paintings. 

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Now add a layer mask, activate it by clicking it and use Filter -> Render -> Plastic Noise again (Random seed: 0, Detail: 1, X: 7.8, Y: 7.7).  Then set the layers mode to Overlay. 

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10. Finally we need some sparkle on the face. Create a new layer. Then select the Brush tool again and use the “Sparks”-brush. Use a small brush scale (0.2 or so).  Click on the parts where you want the sparkles to appear. It can be under the eyes, on the nose and on the foreskin.  If you don’t like some of the sparkles, you can remove it using the eraser tool. Then set the layers mode to “Dodge”. 

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And we’re done! Thanks to my source

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