Photo to Comic Cartoon Effect #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , , on 05/01/2010 by itsmeela

Hey guys!

I just learned another cool effect and you can try it too!  If you want to turn your picture into something like a comic cartoon, then this is the tutorial for you.

Tips in choosing an image to work on: choose something that is bright, pictures taken outside would be a better choice, and if you will be working on an image of a person make sure that the face itself has no shaded part.

Let’s start!

Open your photo and name the layer “original”.

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Then duplicate it and name the layer “ink”.  Select Colors->Threshold then slide the slider back and forth to find an appealing set of black and until you achieve the look that you want.  You don’t have to define the whole image here, just the darkest regions.

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Duplicate the original layer again and move it to the very top of the layer stack.  Name this layer “lines”.  With the “lines layer” selected, choose Filters->Edge Detect->Difference of Gaussians.  With Radius 1, higher values make thicker lines while lower values get finer detail.  Click on “Preview” to see the effect before applying it on your layer. You may have to undo and try a different value a few times.  I used 12 for radius 1 and 7 for radius 2. Your image should look like the one below.

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After which, select Colors->Threshold again but on the “lines” layer. Your image will go white.  Slide the slider pretty far to the right, and the lines will appear.  Slide it up to the part that shows a bunch of noisy specks like the one below.  Erase any lines you don’t like or regions of noise.

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Set the Mode of the “lines layer” to Multiply then right click on the it and select Layer->Merge Down.  Choose Colors->Levels and set the Output Level on the right to 240.

Now let’s put some color on it.

Duplicate the Original layer again then move the new layer to the top of the layer stack, and name it “Color” and set the layer Mode to Color. This will give you very little color.  Again, duplicate the Original layer then move the new layer to the top of the layer stack, and name it “Sat”.  Set the layer Mode to Saturation.  Now you have color!  You can adjust the Opacity until it looks right.

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There are times when your image looks like it has a lot of black shadows where there should be a fabric or something depending on the image used. To make that missing part show, we can add a layer of shadow.

Turn off your Color and Sat layers by clicking on the “eye” icon.  Click on your “Ink layer”. With the Select By Color tool, click on any black part of your image.  Then go to the Original layer and then select Copy and Paste. Name the resulting floating layer “Shadows”.  It will have the portions of the original image that correspond to the blacks in your Ink layer.

Then choose Colors->Threshold and find the point where you can see the details you’ve been missing. Then select Colors->Levels and set the Output Level on the right to somewhere around 40. Then move that layer to just above your Ink layer and select Layers->Merge Down.

Meanwhile, if you want to add lighter shadows, you just need to follow the same steps but you will only have to choose white shades instead of black shades.

Now, for the final touch, select the “Ink layer” then choose Filters->Blur->Gaussian Blur and use a radius of 1 or 2.  Then on the “Sat layer”, choose Filters->Re-Show Gaussian Blur and use a radius of about 11.  And we’re done!


Thanks to my source!


Multicolored Effect on Photo with #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , , on 04/23/2010 by itsmeela

I just learned a cool effect but very easy to do!  It’s applying a colored effect on your photo.

Let’s get to work!

Create a new image. You can choose any size that you want. I made mine 200 x 300px to fit the image that I used. Then open your image as layer.

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Desaturate.  With the image layer selected, go to C0lor -> Desaturate.

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Photocopy.  Go to Filters -> Artistic -> Photocopy.  Then play with the settings to make it look like the one below.  The more black areas, the better.

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Select regions by color. With the use of the ‘select regions by color tool’, click on any of the black part. Your image should look like the one below.

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Delete your image layer.  Now you are left with your background layer with the dotted ‘marching ants’ outline of your image.

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Create a new transparent layer.  Set your Foreground and background colors.  Use red for the foreground and blue for the background. Then select the Gradient tool.  Set it to Normal at 100% opacity then choose FG to BG.

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With the use of the gradient tool, click on the picture then drag it making a line over your picture.  It can either be horizontal or vertical depending on you.  Your image should look like the one below.

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Then click Select -> None to remove the selection.

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We now have our final output.  Spot the difference.

Hope you enjoyed it! Thanks to my source!  😉

Creating a sketch effect out of your photo #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , , on 04/10/2010 by itsmeela

I found a tutorial that makes a photo looks like a painted sketch.  Honestly, I was unable to achieve his final output but I was able to discover something else.  My picture still looks like a sketch but is somewhat different.  Let’s begin!

1. Choose an image that you want to convert into a sketch.  I chose a picture of me stuck in a traffic. lol…

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2.  Right click on the original image and select duplicate layer.  Then we will apply a Sobel Edge Detect on the duplicate layer.  Right click on the image then select Filters -> Edge-Detect -> Sobel.

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3.  Afterwhich, we need to bring out the detail with the auto-equalize and then convert it to grey. To do this, select Colors -> Auto -> Equalize then Colors -> Desaturate to make it grey.  Rename the layer to Equalized Edge.

Auto Equalized


4. We need to eliminate edges with small magnitude and keep the strong edges.  The way to do this is through the Curves tool.  Duplicate the Equalized Edge layer then right click on the image then select Colors -> Curves. Set the curve type to free (which allows discontinuities),  and then for the bottom 3/4 of the curve (or thereabouts) to 0.  Drag the mouse/pen along the bottom of the curves tool.  Rename the layer to Highpass.

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after the highpass

5.  Then duplicate the Equalized Edge layer and name it Masked layer. Make sure it is placed above the Highpass layer.  Right click on it then select Colors -> Invert.  Select the Highpass layer, click Edit -> Copy. Go back to the Masked layer then right click on it and select Add layer mask.  Select the mask and click Edit -> Paste. Hide the Highpass and Equalized Edge layers by clicking on the eye icon beside the layers.  Your layers should look like the one below.

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You should have something like the one below.

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You now have a sketch effect. You can already stop at this point if you already like what you got.  But if you want a colored sketch effect, then add a new layer and place it above your original image. Then change the mode (found above the layers dialog box) from normal to overlay. You should have something like this.

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So we now have two sketch effects!  Hope you like them!

Or you can also have a painted sketch effect from my source.

Grunge Stamp with #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , on 04/01/2010 by itsmeela

My latest learning was quite easy. I found a tutorial on how to make a grunge stamp.  The finished product may look easy but it does not happen in just one click.  I admit it was easy to but it was still worth learning.

Let’s begin by creating a new image of your desired size. In this tutorial, I made it 650×650. Then choose a color for the stamp text like red: #dd0000.  Once you’ve chosen a color, add your text by using the text tool (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Click on the image to enlarge

Next add a new layer for the border. With the use of the rectangle selection tool, drag and make a border around your text. Then choose Select > Border (5px) (Figure 2).  Once you have a border (Figure 3), choose Edit > Fill with FG Color (which is the same red color we used on the text). Then Select > None. You should have something like the image in Figure 4.

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Now, right click on the border layer and click merge down to make it one with the text layer.  Then rotate the picture to your desired angle with the use of rotate tool (Figure 5).

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We’re all set for the grunge effect!  To do this, we have to add a mask.  Right click on your text layer > Add layer mask.  Choose White (full opacity). Choose Paintbrush with Confetti as the brush type (Figure 6).  Reset the foreground color to black (type D on your keyboard).  Then paint on your layer mask. Your image should now look something like the image in Figure 7.

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Then choose ink tool with opacity between 70-80%, size 5, and type rhombus (Figure 8). Then paint wherever you want to give more noise to the image (Figure 9).

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And we’re done! 😉


Thanks to my SOURCE! =)

Melting Dripping Text with #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , , on 03/27/2010 by itsmeela

I discovered a cool tutorial that is really worth learning – creating a melting text.  It can be a bloody text or a melting chocolate text. Let’s start!!! 

Create a new file with the size of 600 x 400px with white background. Write your words with any desired font and size.  I chose Sans font.  Make the color dark red (#870000). Once you are satisfied with your text, right click on the layer and click layer to image size. You will be unable to make changes with it once you’ve done this. 

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The next step is optional but it will look better if it has rounded corners. I used the gaussian blur in doing this. Right click on the text. Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur.  I made it 5px. 

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After which, right click on the layer. Then select duplicate layer . Do this twice or thrice as long as you achieve the roundness that you want. Then merge down the duplicate layers. 

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Now, create a new layer and choose the pencil tool. The color should be the same as before – #870000.  The brush or the strength of the pencil should be 7. Draw even vertical lines down (tip: click a single dot somewhere on the text – the starting point – then hold shift and set the endpoint). Do this a few times where you want the text to melt down. 

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Once you’re done, click “Merge down” by right clicking in the layers dialog. The text layer and the lines should then be on a single layer. 

To make the smelting/melting more realistic, right click on the image: Filters>Distorts>IWarp>Choose “grow”. Deform radius: 9, Deform amount: 0.15. 

Work is done on the preview-window of this filter.  Let’s work first on the area where the ‘blood’ is coming out of the text and running down. Click and hold your mouse down at the exitpoint of the blood of the text and make small circular movements. The hard edges will now look more as they would have been a part of the text. Repeat this for every line. Then do the same thing at the end of the lines making them look like drops. 

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Afterwards, select “shrink”. Now shrink the middle parts of the lines so that they become much thinner. To do this, move the mouse (while holding down the mouse button) from top to bottom until you find it thin enough. Make it uneven to look real. 

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If you are already satisfied with the results at this point, then you’re already done! But if you want to make it look even more like blood, then we still have work to do! 

Duplicate the layer with the blood and click the “Lock” button in the layers dialog (it is found above the layers).  Then right click on the duplicate layer dialog and choose “Alpha to Selection“.  Click the Channels dialog (Select>Save to Channel) then add a new channel (click on the “Initialize from selection” box). 

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Click the new channel in the channels dialog, then go to Select>None.  Apply Gaussian Blur 4 times with these values: 10px, 6px, 3px and 1 px. 

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Click the eye icon of the channel to make it invisible then go back to the layers dialog box.  Click the duplicated blood layer.  Choose #818181 as new foreground color.  Then click Edit>Fill with FG Color. The duplicated layer should now be all gray. 

Next:  Select Filters>>Lights and Shadow>Lighting Effects. As bump map choose the channel we just created, maximum height: 0.05. 

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While for the Materials tab, choose the values on the picture below. 

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We will be needing 2 lights.  For the first light use the values below: 

Light 1
Type: Directional
Color White
Intensity: 1
X Y Z: -0.9 / -1.5 / 0.7 

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For the second light use these values: 

Light 2
Type: Directional
Color White
Intensity: 1
X Y Z: 1.4 / 1.65 / 1.0 

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While the layer is still alpha locked, apply the Gaussian Blur again 3 times. Use 2px each time.  Your image should like the one below: 

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Set the layers mode (found on top of the layers dialog box) to “Hard light” and viola! you now have a nice dark dripping blood. 

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Now add your own effects. You can change the color of your background layer.  I made mine black.  See my final output below. 

My source…. thanks!

3D Photo Effect with #GIMP

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 03/19/2010 by itsmeela

Hey gals and guys! 

I have been meaning to post this but I just did not have the time to do it.  So far, this is the most fun project I ever did. 

Let’s begin the fun! 

Start by selecting the photograph that you want to work on.  If it is your first time to do this,  it is best to pick a photo where the main subject that will be popping out of the background has good, clean lines.  It would be easier as well if the background is solid or fairly uncluttered just like the picture that I chose below. Then take note of the dimensions of your selected photograph. 

I chose this photo


Now, let’s set up the layers. Create a new blank image of the same size as the photo you plan to work with.  On top of that, open your original photograph as a new layer in your new blank image. You’ll now have two layers. Then add another new layer with transparency. This layer will hold the frame for your 3D photo. You’ll now have three layers (Figure 2): 

  • Background (bottom layer)
  • Photograph (middle layer)
  • Frame (transparent top layer)

Your layers should look like this


Once the layers are set, it’s time to make the frame.  On the most top transparent layer, create the frame for your new 3D photograph. This frame will be the like a white border around a printed photograph. 

How to: 

  • Select your main subject and as much background as you wish to include.


  • Fill the selection with white (with the use of paintbucket tool).


  • Reduce the selection (Select > Shrink) by 20-50 pixels or any frame width that you prefer.


  • Then cut out the center of the frame (Ctrl-X in Windows).

you now have a frame


If you are already satisfied with your frame, you can now change its perspective to obtain the angle that you desire. 

With the frame layer still selected, press Ctrl+ I to invert the selection. Then use the perspective tool (Tools > Transform Tools > Perspective) (Figure 7) to make your frame stand up behind and to the side of your subject or towards any direction you want.

Figure 7



Just push and pull the corners of the bounding box around until you get the desired angle (Figure 8). In the GIMP, you’ll see both the original and the new perspective until you click on the Transform button in the Perspective Toolbox.  You may also change the color of your frame just like what I did.

Figure 8: Changing the Perspective of the Frame


Now it’s time to remove the rest of the background that you don’t need by adding a mask. Select the middle layer (your original photo).  Right-click on it and select Add layer mask.  Select White (full opacity).

When you draw or paint on your mask you’ll want to draw or paint with the foreground color set to black.  At this point, your background is white.  You may find it helpful to switch to the background layer and fill the background with another solid color that contrasts with both your frame and the main subject of your photo to avoid confusion. You can choose any color as long as it is solid. When you begin the next step, the background color is going to show through and it’s helpful if it is not a color that blends with your frame and photo subject. 

After which, select the mask added on your middle layer (original image) then start removing the unwanted background with the use of the paintbrush tool (make sure your foreground color is black).  You may zoom in to get a closer look on the fine details that you want to remove. Once you have the mask like you want it, right-click on the photograph layer and choose Apply layer mask.  Your output should now look like the one below. 

No more unwanted background


You probably noticed that a part of your frame is cutting across a part of your main subject.  We’ll have to put that part behind the image by erasing it. 

Select the frame layer. Set the opacity 50%-60% or so to make it easier to see exactly where to edit the edges of the frame as it crosses in front of the subject of your photo.  You can also zoom in if it will be easier. 

With the use of the eraser tool, simply erase the part of the frame that is cutting across your subject (Figure 10) .  Reset the opacity of the layer back to 100% when you’re done. 

Figure 10: Erasing a part of the frame


Once you’re done, your image should like this: 


You now have your subject coming out of a picture! 

You can now play with it by adding a background that you like or add another image. You can make a story out of it as well by adding some text. See my finished product below. 

my finished product

My Source 

Text to Path @ #GIMP

Posted in GIMP with tags , , on 03/06/2010 by itsmeela

Hey everyone!

Our lesson for today is a very simple text effect. If you’re tired of having your text in vertical and horizontal lines, then it’s time to make your text follow any path that you want.

After you’ve opened a new image, create a path that you want using the Path Tool (Figure 1).  Open the path dialog and click on the eye icon to see the path.

Figure 1: Creating a path

Once you’re done with your desired path, type in the words you would like to run along your path with the use of Text Tool (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Typing the words with Text Tool

Then click on “text along path” in the “Tool options” (Figure 3).  You should get a red/pink outline of your text aligned with your path (Figure 4). You can delete the original text layer if you want to.

Figure 3: The Text Along Path

Figure 4

After which, go to the path dialog and right click the text path and select “Path to selection” (Figure 5).

Figure 5: Path To Selection

The pink stuff around your text will still be there but you can remove that by clicking the eye icon beside your Text Path in the Path Dialog.

Now you can add a new layer and fill it with color using the Paint Bucket Tool or Gradient Fill.  Or just play with it!  See what I decided to make out of my text.

Smile!!! 😉

My Source …  😉

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