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24 July 2013

GIMP Quickie No. 1 – Photo Painting Effect


Macaw - Original Photo
Original Scarlet Macaw Photo


Step 1

  • Colors > Components > Decompose
  • Color Model HSV
  • OK
  • Copy the "saturation" layer.
  • Close the grayscale window.
  • Paste the "saturation" layer over the original photo layer.
  • Layer Mode Value

Saturation Layer, Mode Value
Saturation Layer, Value Mode

Step 2


  • Right-click in Layers dialogue > New from Visible
  • Colors > Brightness-Contrast
  • Contrast +10
  • OK

Contrast +10
Contrast +10

Step 3


  • Clean up any areas you don't like.
  • (I cleaned up the black areas at the lower right.)

Cleaned up black
Cleaned up black

Step 4


  • Crop to taste.

Macaw Spreading Wings
Spread Your Wings

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