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How A Photograph Becomes A Painting - GIMP Photo Art Tutorial
Open GIMP 2.6 Open Photo With GIMP
We will apply a canvas filter to make the image appear to be on a canvas filter.
- Look at the tab bar and find the word “Filter” then click on it.
- Next scroll down to “Artistic” and another list will appear. Slide over and click on “Apply Canvas”
A pop up will appear with a preview. On this preview you will want to make the settings match this screenshot.
- Direction is “top-right”
- Depth is set to 4
- NOW click OK
Now You Have A Canvas Photo
At this point you have created a photograph with a canvas texture. You might like this effect for several kinds of projects. This is often a stopping point for me when I am creating a graphic banner for Facebook, Twitter, or Websites.
At this point you have learned to:
- Retrieve an Image from Pixabay.com with public domain commercial license.
- Open GIMP
- Open the licensed photograph in GIMP
- Find the Filters tab.
- Scroll down the dropdown menu to the Artistic section.
- Select the Apply Canvas tool.
- Read the popup to select canvas tool settings.
- Transform your image.
Be sure to save your image at each step of the process!
Adjust Brightness and Contrast
Adjust Brightness and Contrast
The Brightness and Contrast settings can be found under the tab bar section called "COLORS"
- Click on Colors
- Scroll down and click on 'brightness and contrast'
The pop up will show you the setting options.
- Slide the selector or type into the field -33 for brightness
- Slide the selector or type into the field 33 for contrast
- Click on the OK button
Now your image has changed a bit more to create a less photo real image.
But... there is one more step before we are done.
Be sure to save your image again before moving to the next step.
The Next Step We Will Apply The Oil Paint Filter
How To Oilify
Take a look across the tab bar again and find Filters.
- Scroll down and select 'Artistic'
- Slide your mouse over and scroll down to Oilify.
- Click on Oilify and you will see another popup.
Set the Mask and Exponent settings to 4
Save Your work!
One More Step
This is the last step in creating Photo Art.
This step will be familiar as it was step one in the process.
- Find and click on "Filters"
- Select "Artistic" from the dropdown menu
- Select "Apply Canvas" from the next menu that opens.
Save Your Image Again.
Below is what I have using the original Daffodil image (shown in the introduction summary) and the completed step by step process.
The Finished Photo Art Design
How Can These Photo Art Images Be Used?
Now you have a photo art image and you may be wondering what to do with it.
I have used photo art many ways. Each of these options must be photos you own, have permission license to use, or are public domain with commercial license.
These are a few:
- Creating Zazzle products (be sure the image is the suggested ppi for each product you create. When images are too small or have too few pixels per inch the finished product will be a low quality image print).
- Creating graphics for webpages, social media banners, or printable graphics (such as book covers for example).
Let's Look At The Before and After Images
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