This week for the One Four Challenge, I decided to try to make my photo look like a drawing. I increased the saturation and then added a couple of layers to bring out the lines in the image… (for GIMP tutorial see below)…
What are you thoughts on this? Kind thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.
I have joined a month-long photo post-processing challenge called One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn at Captivate Me. “This challenge is about processing １ image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.” Every Monday Robyn posts a new version of her photo and challenges us to do the same each week.
Graphic Illustration GIMP Tutorial
GIMP Helpful Shortcuts
Windows->Single-Window Mode takes all the floating docks and puts them all in one window.
Shift-Ctrl-J — sets the image zoom to ‘fit the window’.
Shift-Ctrl-D –duplicates layer.
Shift-Ctrl-S — To save in .xcf – the GIMP format (saves your layers), or you can go to File->Save As.
Shift-Ctrl-E — To ‘save’ in a format other than .xcf (like .jpg or .png) or you can go to File->Export As.
Graphic Illustration Tutorial – Quick Glance:
1. Duplicate the background layer. Click on the icon that looks likes two photos at the bottom of the layers dock. Alternatively, go to Layer->Duplicate Layer or key press Shift-Ctrl-D.
2. Rename the layer to saturation. Then make a Hue-Saturation adjustment… Colors->Hue-Saturation. Here you can adjust the hue/lightness/saturation. I set the overlap to 100, and then the Master saturation to 60. I then clicked on the radio button of each color and adjusted as needed to get the look I wanted.
3. Duplicate the saturation layer.
4. Rename to g.blur 80px +divide. Apply Gaussian blur Filters->Blur->Gaussian Blur, I used 80px (more pixels the more lines show up – which we want for it to look like a drawing).
Then set the blend mode to Divide.
5. Duplicate the blurred layer.
Rename to g.blur 80px x2 +subtract_inverted.
Then apply the Gaussian blur again.
Set the blend mode to Subtract.
Then invert the Subtract layer, Colors->Invert. Voilà! Graphic Illustration.
*** I used the book The Hidden Power of Blend Modes by Scott Valentine for this effect. I translated the Photoshop directions into GIMP directions. ***
I hope you try out this technique on your images!
Until next time…
* The Subtract blend mode inverted translates into Photoshop’s Linear Burn blend mode.