Gimp Photo Editing Basics

Gimp Photo Editing features are very powerful and make it possible to apply all sorts of effects to your photos. Gimp is a free piece of software which has lots of different features. These features can be used to apply a number of different looks to your photo.

Converting to Greyscale

Gimp makes it very easy to convert your photo into a grey scale image. To do this, simply click on image, mode and select Greyscale. This will create a very flat black and white image. To make this look better, open up Tools, Color Tools and choose Brightness and Contrast. Increase the brightness and contrast to change the level of detail seen in the photo. Play around with these settings to make the most out of your original photo.

There are also many other settings which can be adjusted to change the look of a color photo.

Using Layers

Layers are a great way of working with your photo. You can add a new layer over the top of your background by clicking on Layer, Add new Layer. The layers act like a piece of tracing paper. This makes it possible to add new features without affecting your original photo.

If you were working in black and white, then the color mode of the new layer will also be black and white. To change this, select Image, Color Mode and change it to Color. The opacity of the layers can be adjusted to make them more transparent. This makes it possible to add a rustic sepia look to a photo.

Adding Noise

To make a photo look older, you might want to add some noise. To do this, click on Filter, Noise and select Scatter HSD. The intensity of the effect can be adjusted until you are happy.