How to extract hair from background using GIMP

In this tutorial I will show you how to extract strands of hair from the background. Capturing the best out of the image subject requires patience and modest amount of time (about 30 minutes, more or less, I guess – depending how familiar you are with GIMP and how fast you do it).

Here is a picture of Eva Longoria, before and after. You can download the stock image HERE. Result varies on the time involve in editing and enhancing.

Step 1 : Open GIMP, then go to File>Open. Select a picture from your computer then click Open.
Step 2 : Right-click the ‘background layer'(named eva-longoria.jpg in this case)>Add Alpha Channel.

Step 3 : Duplicate the ‘eva-longoria.jpg’ layer which creates a new layer ‘eva-longoria.jpg copy’.

Step 4 : At this time, we would like to make a good contrast out of our image in preparation to layer masking that we will do. So, to do this, go to Color>Curves and have the most desired adjustment settings like the one below:

Step 5 : Colors>Desaturate>Luminousity, then hit Ok. This step will reveal the image in black and white, where layer masking works.

Step 6 : Pick the Brush Tool and make the face/skin color the same with that of the hair (which is white), and the background with black. Don’t paint the cloth. When done, go to Select>All, then Edit>Cut. Notice that the layer will disappear, but don’t worry because that was just being queued ready to be pasted. A floating layer will appear in place instead.

Step 7 : Switch back to the ‘eva-longoria.jpg’ layer, right-click then select Add Layer Mask. In the dialog box that appears, select White (Full Opacity)>Add.

Step 8 : Now click the mask icon (that small white rectangle), not the image icon. This is where we paste the image we’ve cut earlier.

Step 9 : As we’ve mentioned earlier, a ‘floating layer dialog’ will then appear in the layers palette. Click the anchor button located below the layers palette and the second image below will appear as a result.

Step 10: Observe that the image above has a transparent background so we need to change the background so that the extracted hair will stand out. So create a New Layer (Layer>New…),fill it with black using the Bucket Tool.

Note : White is a better background than black, although you can choose any background of your preference.

Step 11 : Clone Tool>Clone all the grayish areas around the hair and edit the imperfections. Take your time. If satisfied, Flatten Image, then Save it.

Here is the final result:

How to lose weight in seconds in GIMP

If you are fat or obese and you don’t want to look that way in your photos, well, why not fix them? If more than 90% of celebrities have their photos edited before they are published, then you may do it as well! Amaze your friends how you did it without doing any tedious workouts!

Here’s how it works…

1. Choose your photo to be edited. If you have one in bathing suit, that’s preferable to unveil your sexiness. 🙂

2. Open GIMP, go to File menu and Open your chosen photo.

3. With your photo now on the screen ready for editing, go to Filters menu>Distorts>IWarp… The IWarp dialog box then appears. This is where you will do the work – on that photo you have selected to be edited.

4. So how does it work? Right-click your mouse and push it inward or outward right on the edge of the area to be edited. Don’t push it too hard. You can repeat the process until contented with the results by going to Filters>Repeat IWarp…
The circled areas below are the main sections to be edited.

5. If satisfied with your work, go to Image menu>Flatten Image, then File menu>Save.

Here’s the final, edited photo…

So how’d you like it? Please post your comment…

Remove wrinkles, moles, blemishes in GIMP

You want to upload your photo and want to share to your friends, but the moles, wrinkles and blemishes on your face prompts you to do so. Is there a way to fix it so you always look younger and at your best looks in your photos? Of course, there is, and this is actually what we will deal today with our easy-as-ABC tutorial using GIMP.

Ready? Here we go…

1. After opening GIMP, go to File menu and hit Open. Select your photo to be edited from your gallery, then click Open. Your photo should now appear to your screen, ready for editing.

2. Now, go to your Toolbox and select the Healing Tool icon (that crossed plaster below). This is exactly the tool that removes the moles, wrinkles, and all that on your face. All you have to do is point your mouse to an area near the area (e.g., where the mole or wrinkle is located) to be edited so that the color to be patched in place look realistic.

3. With the mouse pointed over the said area, press Ctrl on your keyboard and right-click your mouse. The pointed area now is selected.

4. Now, right-click the areas (moles, wrinkles, warts, blemishes, etc) to be healed. You can see that you’re as if doing some instant magic, with those unwanted skin problems being removed gradually!

5. For some finishing touches, although optional, you may smooth or sharpen your work by using the Blur/Sharpen tool from your Toolbox – that little droplet icon found at the bottom. Just click that and right-click over the areas you want to enhance.

This is the finished product–

You can do more refinements if not satisfied by repeating the process. And you can do more actually to enhance your photo by using the other tools and features of GIMP but for now, enjoy what you’ve done!

How To Put Image In Text Using GIMP

I’m back with my tutorials in Gimp and, this time, I’ll show you how to put an image (yes, any image you like) in a text. This is pretty easy and fun to do, even for newbies in photo editing and manipulation.

Just follow these steps and you’ll be amazed how wonderful you’ve created :

1. Open your Gimp of course then in File menu>Open. Select the photo or image from your computer that you wish to appear on your text. I use the photo below which I snipped (via Vista’s Snipping Tool).

2. Now, with the image on your screen, type the text you want by clicking the Text tool. Choose the font and size you want and make sure they are big enough for the image background to be visible, cool and attractive to the eye. I use here the Impact Condensed font, size 120.

3. Layers menu> Transparency> Alpha to Selection.

4. Select menu> Float.

5. Layers dialog> right-click Floating Selection and then click Anchor Layer.

6. Layers> Transparency> Alpha to Selection.

7. In Layers dialog, use the green arrow icon below to move the Text layer under the Background.

8. Right-click the Background and select Add Layer Mask. Make sure Selection is checked and hit Add.

9. Right-click> Merge Down the Background layer.

10. Finally, go to Select menu> click None and you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll be happier if you could leave a comment or anything that would make this blog more user-friendly.

Watch out for the next tutorial – How to lose or gain weight via Gimp photo manipulation!

How to change the background of your photos in Gimp

Back to our basic tutorials in Gimp. This time, we’ll tackle how to make your photo more interesting and amazing by changing the background. Take a look at the pictures below – before and after.

What to do:

1. Choose the photo you want to edit and the background you like to apply. The color and theme should match your photo to make it more realistic. Feel free whatever background you prefer though as this tutorial just show you how to change background. You may edit or change it later anyway if you already know how to do it, and that is what more important.

2. Open Gimp. Go to File and click Open. Choose the image from your gallery that will serve as your background. I’ve chosen the image below from my computer as an example which should look like this one on your Gimp window.

3. Go to File again, then click Open As Layers. Select the photo now you want to lay on your background image. By doing this, you’re simply putting your photo on top of the background you first opened (which you can no longer see of course at this time). The next steps will show you how to replace the foreground areas selected into the desired background.

4. Go to Layer menu>Transparency>Alpha to Selection.

5. On the Toolbox, click the Eraser icon. Erase the parts of the foreground image you wish to be replaced by the background image by right-clicking your mouse. You can choose the size of the eraser as well as the scale located on the Eraser box settings (just below the Toolbox). Smaller brush size is usually used for the curves for erasing that can’t be done by bigger size. Make sure the edges of the retained image is smooth and no imperfections if possible.

6. To hide from imperfections and make your image more realistic with the new background, go to Filters menu> Blur> Gaussian Blur. Set the blur size to 2, or, depending on the image result, you may experiment it by adjusting the blur size that will suit your preferences.

7. Finally, go to File menu, then Save your work.

Color Correction in Gimp

In this tutorial you will learn how to edit or enhance the color of an image. For example, you might be so uncomfortable seeing a dim or blurry part of your group picture but you’re helpless you don’t know how to make it more pleasing to the eye. Neither you have an idea if there’s a way to edit or correct it so you can be proud to show your friends how great a picture you have. Well, not now that you come to this place… a place where you can learn the basics and more advanced knowhow in image editing via Gimp program!

In particular, you will learn how to adjust color values with the use of Levels or Curves to give a satisfying result to an image you wish to correct or enhance.

This is my first in a series of tutorials related to this topic, so watch out for the next to be published here anytime from now to several hours!

Okay, now follow these easy how-to’s to get the job done:

1. Open Gimp, go to File menu, then click Open…
Select a photo or image from your computer, click Ok. For convenience, we will use the
photo shown above to be our subject.

The image as shown on the active window after being selected.

2. Go to Colors>Curves…

Click and hold your mouse anywhere on the diagonal line, then push up or down. Experiment freely by adjusting the curves until the desired result is met. You can see the actual result while working on the curves with the Preview screen.

You can choose which color (red, blue, green) you like to be set by clicking the Value drop-down button.

3. Go to Image menu, click Flatten Image…

4. Finally, go to File menu then select Save. Widgets

Silk-look wallpaper in Gimp

This is my third wallpaper tutorial, my second in Gimp. Like the first, this is quite easy and very much suitable for beginners. Unlike the first though, another tool feature of Gimp will be introduce here – the Sinusoidal Pattern from the Filters menu, which is equally incredible and interesting as the first feature that was applied in my first wallpaper tutorial.

We have only a few steps to follow to get the Silk-Look Wallpaper result that we will tackle here, as shown below…

1. Open Gimp, go to File menu, then click New. Make the appropriate settings in the dialog box that appears, or just click Ok for the default value.

2. Go to Filters>Render>Pattern>Sinus… A dialog box will appear for the Settings, Colors, and Blend.

There are 2 main components under Settings, namely : Drawing Settings and Calculation Settings.

For the Drawing Settings, set the value of X=32, Y=33, and Complexity=3; on the other hand, set Random Seed=42 and select Distorted under Calculation Settings. Click the Ok button when finished with the settings.

Note: Click Randomize to preview varying image styles and effects to choose from.

For the Color Settings, choose any 2 color of which one is darker, the other lighter. In this case, i use blue. Just leave the Alpha Channels to its default value. Click Ok when done.

For the Blend Settings, select Sinusoidal. Leave the Exponent as is to its default value, then click Ok.

3. Ok, now that we have the image we sought, we are ready to make it colorful and attractive.

Go to Colors menu, then click Colorize… Adjust the sliders for the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness on the dialog box that appears.

The settings used here are as follows: Hue=the position of the slider is about 3/4 to the right, Saturation=maximum, Lightness=0 (default). Click Ok when done.

And the result is something like the image below.

4. Finally, go to File menu, click Save (or Save As) and you’re done!

How to change the eye color in Gimp

Hi! Have you ever wondered how they made a trick changing the color of one’s eyes which looks so marvelous and amazing? You probably ask yourself ‘how did they do that’? Not that difficult really if you are researchful and have interest in the subject. A lot of tutorials are available out there and I’ll show you mine, in a very easy, fun-filled manner.

Ok, sit back, and we’ll start! By the way, if you don’t have a Gimp yet, click here to download your copy.

1. Open Gimp. Go to File menu>Open… Select a picture (face or eye close-up) from your computer which will serve as your subject matter. Above photo will be our sample on this case.

So, we have already the photo on the screen, ready for editing and manipulation, as shown below.

2. Now, go to Toolbox, then select Free Crop Tool (that small ring-like icon on the top-middle). Point over and click your mouse around the eye (your subject) so as to form connected lines surrounding the subject. The Free crop Tool lets you select any region or portion of your subject to be edited.

3. Go to Colors menu>Colorize… In the Colorize dialog box, adjust the sliders for the Hue, Saturation, and Lightness. As you move the slider, you can see the changes in the Preview screen. Freely play and experiment with the sliders until you find the right result you want.

In this case, I set the following settings (Hue:175, Saturation:28, Lightness:2) and came up with the image below as a result.

4. Click Image menu>press Flatten Image…

5. Finally, go to File menu>click Save.

That’s it! Simple as that!

How to make a wallpaper using Gimp

Hello! This time I will show you how to make a cool wallpaper which is really fun and you can make it yourself so easily provided that you have a PC and a photo editing program. I use Gimp here. If you have a Photoshop, that’s better. Check my related post (Free Photo Editing Programs) where you can choose the right program for you to download.

By the way, the above image shown is the finished product which we will tackle here, step-by-step. If you are ready, then let’s get started…

1. Open Gimp. Go to File menu, click New.
Set the template to 1600 x 1200 pixels. Click Ok.

Zoom-out your window to about 30% so you’ll have a better view while you work.

2. Set the foreground (FG) color to anything dark, the background (BG) color to a lighter one than your FG. In this case, I set FG=236f1d, and BG=62e004.

3. In your Toolbox, grab the Blend Tool icon (that small square icon with gradient color), then make a linear gradient to your active window – from top left corner to right lower corner. The result would then look like the image below…

4. Now, in your Toolbox, select the Brush Tool (brush icon), then make a twirling line like the one shown below.

5. Go to Filters menu>Blur>select Gaussian Blur. Set the Blur Radius to Horizontal=30, Vertical=30, then click Ok. The result should be like the one below…

6. Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch… Set Whirl angle to maximum, Pinch amount to 0.500. Click Ok. See below result…

You can save this one now if you want.

7. To make the desired final result as shown here, go to Filters menu again>Distorts>Waves… Set Amplitude to about 40-70, and Wavelength to 50 (maximum). Actual result may vary slightly but that’s okay. So, that’s it!

If not yet contented and would like to make some more effects, then we proceed to the following:

Filters>Distorts>Lens Distortion…This one is fun because you can experiment by adjusting the ‘slider’ left and right, and you can see right away from the Preview screen the result. With this, you can decide for yourself when to stop if already satisfied with the result. You can save as many variants as you like. Quick hint: try to adjust the Brightness, Zoom, and X/Y coordinates. It’s cool! You can come up something like this variant…

So, how’d you like it? Please comment…