G’MIC Plug-In for GIMP – Engrave Filter
I was able to find some time to tinker with an image today, once again I played around with one of the filters in the G’MIC Plug-In for GIMP*. I learned about this filter in this post from the author of the G’MIC Plug-In (he even included a video. You can find out more under 4.1 Engrave Effect of that post).
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know that I have been enamored with the idea of creating an effect that is similar to the movie A Scanner Darkly. I think I’ve finally found it! And for once it didn’t take a bunch of work on my part, woohoo! 😀
Kind thoughts and comments welcome. 🙂
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.
This time around my process was super easy.
- I brought my raw file up in RawTherapee and made general adjustments (exposure, etc.).
- Then in GIMP* I altered the color just a smidge by using Color Curves [Colors->Curves then each channel separately, Pat David has a great tutorial on this.] I increased the green and red in my image.
- Next I boosted the contrast and brightness [Colors->Brightness-Contrast], this is very subtle.
- Then the fun began… I used the Engrave filter in the G’MIC Plug-In [Filters->G’MIC->Black&White->Engrave].
Which gives you two layers:
The B&W layer is set to Darken Only blend mode by the program so that the white areas show-thru the colors.
- And then I used the heal brush on the color layer created by the Engrave filter to blend the areas on the top and bottom of my image.
And that’s it! Easy peasy! 😀
Until next time…
* GIMP is Open Source software that is available for all platforms (Linux, Mac, and Windows), it is a photo editor that does many (if not all) of the things you can do in Photoshop. You can download it for free here. The GIMP online manual can be found here.
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