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


New Gimp101 tutorial:How to make an Abstract Van Gogh-ish Background in Gimp

A new Gimp101 tutorial that will teach you how to make a cool van gogh style wallpaper. Here is what you are going to make:

Click here to view the tutorial

Create a Hollywood style image in GIMP

Step 1: Lower the Saturation

Layer > Colors > Hue-Saturation. Set “Saturation” to about -55:

Step 2: Adjust the Curves

Layer > Colors > Curves. Play with the curves until you have something like this:

Step 3: Depth of Field

Duplicate the main layer. Apply a Gaussian Blur (Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur) of about 5 to the layer copy.

Now right click on the layer copy and select “Add Layer Mask”. The defaults are fine; click OK.

Set your foreground color to black. Select the paintbrush tool (Shortcut: P) and choose a large brush (around 350px) with 0 hardness (make one if you have to). Make sure the layer mask you just created is selected. Choose a focus point and click on it to reveal the sharp layer below. You should have something like this now:

Step 4: Vignette

Create a new layer above all your other layers and fill with black. Set it at 70% opacity:

Select the eraser tool (Shift+E) with the big soft brush you were just using. Erase the middle of your black layer, leaving the sides in place to create a vignette effect:

Step 5: Add Noise

Flatten your image: Image > Flatten Image. Read more of this post

Create a Mac OSX Wallpaper in GIMP

Step 1

Create a new document, in my case I used 1600×1200, and using the Bucket Fill Tool (Shit+B), fill the background layer with a very dark purple.

Changin the color for the background

Step 2

Using the Free Selection Tool (F), draw a shape like the one I did. That will be the source of our light, so the position here is very important. Try to place it more at the bottom of the image. After that, fill it with white. Tip you can add a blur or a feather to the selection. Read more of this post

Create cool shapes in GIMP


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