Create a Diorama Effect in GIMP

Step 1

First, I would like to start with a landscape image, as in the original tutorial. Download this photo and open it up in Gimp.

Let’s select a focal point for our image. The general rule here is the selected focus point needs to be mid-ground. Using the Ellipse Select Tool, create a selection in the area that I have below. Invert the selection by going to Select > Invert or by hitting CTRL-I. Go to Select > Feather. Enter 400 for the value and hit the ok button. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter 7 for both values. Hit ok. Select > None.

Step 1

Step 2

Go to Colors > Curves. Raise the line slightly upward and to the right like I have done below. Hit the ok button.

Step 2

Step 3

Download this Color Vibrance script. To install it, go to (In Windows) your main hard drive (usually the C Drive)\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts\ Paste the .scm file you downloaded into that folder. In Gimp, go to Filters > Script-Fu > Reset Scripts.

Go to Filters > Eg > Color Vibrance. Enter 11.67 for the intensity and 97.05 for the Color Layer Opacity. Hit ok.

Step 3

1st Image Final

My result could definitely use some improvement, but play around with the lighting and vibrance enough, you can definitely get a great dioramic looking image.

Final 1

Step 1

Now we’ll try the same effect with a photo of some very detailed aircraft. Download the photo and open it up in Gimp. This image has a lot of detail that models would not normally have. Select the Clone Tool and, using a soft brush, take away the ropes in the image that are surrounding the planes.

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Step 2

We will be defining on four main areas in the image. These areas include the fore, mid, mid-back, far backgrounds. They will each have their own mask.

The Foreground Mask
The foreground mask will contain the foremost aircraft. Select the Paths Tool. Make a path like I have below. Once you have that, go to the Paths window and click the Path to Selection button.

Step 2a

Go to Select > Feather. Feather the selection by 50 and hit ok. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter 20 for both values and hit ok. Select > None. Select the Rectangle Select Tool. Make a selection of the bottom portion like below. Select the Ellipse Select Tool and, while holding down CTRL, select a top portion of that rectangle, like below. You should now have the same selection as I do below. Go to Select > Feather. Enter 50 for the value and hit ok. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter 30 for the value and hit ok. Select > None.

Step 2b

The Background Masks
The far background masks include the buildings and trees, but not the farmost planes. Using the Pen Tool like before, create a seleciton of this area like I have below and then hit the Path to Selection button. Go to Select > Feather. Feather by 75 pixels and hit ok. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Blur it by 45 pixels and hit ok. Select > None. You may need to take the blur tool and blur the edges around some of the planes wings where the background did not blur.

Step 2c

Using the Pen Tool, make a selection like I have below. Hit the Path to Selection button. Go to Select > Feather. Feather by 60 pixels and hit ok. Go to Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Enter 15 for both values and hit ok. Select > None.

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Step 3

Now for the lighting. Go to Colors > Curves. Adjust the curve upwards slightly like we did for the first image. Now using the Color Vibrance filter from the third step of the last image, go to Filters > Eg > Color Vibrance. Enter 16.19 for the intensity and 93.52 for the Color Opacity. Hit ok.

Step 3

2nd Image Final

There you have it. A simple way to create a diorama effect. The look for both of these could be improved, but hey it’s a start and with enough time and patience, you will have a great real but fake diorama.

Final 2


Make Gunge-Vector Style Art in GIMP

I love making vector-grunge based styles that can be used for design in Photoshop. So today, I’m going to show you how to make them in Gimp. We are going to attempt something I made in Photoshop:

First, you going to need a few things.
Urban Designs Brushes.
Snowboarder stock.
Mountain Stock.
Vector Foliage Brushes.
Splatter Brushes.
Grunge Brushes.
Hair PSD.
Scribble PSD.
Sun Rays.

To install the brushes, refer to my guide here. Remember, you can click on the images below to view them full size.

1) Open your mountains in Gimp. Duplicate the layer. Delete the original layer. We do this so the mountains are not on the background.

2) Get out the paths tool and render the mountains. Read more of this post

Transform an Image into a Pencil Drawn Sketch


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It is often used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, the most widely used bitmap editor in the printing and graphics industries; however, it is not designed to be a Photoshop clone.If you would like to download Gimp, go to

1.You need to select an image which is bright in color. Regardless of any image you want to select.Just make sure that if the image is not bright.. increase the brightness and contrast a bit. Now lets begin.I use stock images on They have a great selection of images that are free and have good resolution.

2.The first thing you will have to do is change the image mode to grayscale.Go to Image>Mode>Grayscale. Read more of this post

Create a Musical Image in GIMP

This tutorial is inspired by the photoshop tutorial here. Before we get started, let’s take a look at the image we’ll be creating:


In this tutorial, I will show you how to use some dodge and burn technique in photo manipulation.

Download them:

Stock : Here
Music brush : Here
Texture : Here

1. Now open the stock file. Using Crop tool to take the woman out.

2. From the background layer. Use Blur tool on the her skin part but remember don’t blur her eyes and her lips.( this step for soften image effect later)
Use Clone tool, press Ctrl on your keyboard and set the source of clone on the background layer,
Create new layer with transparency (I now call this layer is the clone layer OK) and clone on the drum to the high left corner like this:

3. Select Dodge/Burn tool and do dodge some part you want it lighter, and burn some part for it darker.
Here my settings for Dodge

And for Burn :

4. After burn and Dodge, i blur some lightest part and here what i got:

5. Add the layer mask with totaly black for the clone layer.
Change foreground to “White”. Chose Painbrush tool and setting like this

6. Ok, leave all the settings for paintbrush tool like that.
Use the path tool to creat the path from the drum to upper left corner like my path

7. Now we need to chose from tool options tab, select stroke path
(You can do this by orther way :
– On the paths tab, select your just creat path
– Right mouse button click on that path to open a menu and select “Stroke Path”)

On the stroke path select stroke with a paint tool
Paint tool : Paintbrush
And remember you have to click on “Emulate brush dynamics” if it wasn’t clicked.

8. Now select all the layer mask and copy it. Create new transparency layer, select blend tool.
Use Golden gradient.
Shape : i chose Radial but Linear is ok too ^_~

9. From the center of image or where you want do the gradient and set layer mode to “Overlay”.
Add layer mask for golden gradient layer. Paste the copyed layer mask on the preview step, and apply it to the layer mask.
(If you want apply the float layer to the layer mask, make sure the layer mask you want to apply is selected. And select the anchor button on the bottom of layer display tab)

Well cause i just want to apply the overlay of golden gradient for the music notes.

10. This step is the effect softly image inspired by Julia Yu from
Now on the layer menu. Select new layer from the visible (you can do the same thing with copy visible and paste as Layer under edit menu)
Duplicate the visible layer you just created. Both layer set mode to “Softlight”. Both layer apply the Gaussian Blur (Filter menu -> Blur –> Gaussian Blur…)
The first layer value is 5 for x,y. The duplicated one set to 10 for x,y.
Apply Desaturate under Color menu. to the duplicated one. Remember select “Average”. This step is make the duplicated one to black and white. You will get something that look like this :

11. Select the Blend tool (Gradient tool it is). I use “Full saturation spectrum CW” gradient, Shape : Linear

13. Do the gradient from the upper left corner to the bottom right corner. Set layer mode to “Diffiirent” and with Opacity to 20. Create new transparency layer and fill it with color( i use color #339cde) set layer mode to “Softlight” Opacity to 40

14. Now final step is chose Files menu -> Open as Layer and select the texture you had downloaded. I use “vintage_grunge_texture 1.jpg”
Blur -> Gaussian Blur with 5 for x,y, set layer mode to “Softlight” and you will get the image that look like this :

Have Fun with Gimping and Good luck for you.

Light Painting in GIMP

P/S : Click the image for larger view.


P/s: The original Photoshop tutorial can be found HERE.You also can find the Firework and Pixelmator tutorial version too in Abduzeedo site.

1.Open the background can download it from here. Read more of this post

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