Turn photo into a cartoon using Gimp
- Make a copy of your photo.
- Scale it down to the size you wish to use ( Image -> Scale )
- Copy the background layer ( Dialogs -> Layers -> Duplicate Layer [duplicate layer is the button on the bottom with the two sheets of paper] )
- Gaussian Blur top layer ( Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur [I use 8 px ] )
- Divide Layers ( Go to your Layers Dialog and under the Mode drop list select Divide )
- Flatten Image ( Layer -> Merge Down )
- Apply Cartoon filter ( Go to Filters -> Artistic -> Cartoon and play with the settings till you are happy with the preview, then hit OK )
- One thing that makes cartoon drawings stand out from other drawings is the heavy use of black lines. Every wall, all the items in a room are given dark black outlines in a cartoon.
1 Open any photo you like.
· 2 Duplicate the background layer. On the duplicate: remove the colors by using the Colors / Hue-Saturation. Set the saturation to -100:
· 3 Duplicate this colorless layer again. Now you have 3 layers.
· 4 Now choose Filters / Blur / Selective Gaussian Blur, value: 4. Then use Colors / Invert. Then change the opacity of the layer to 50% to get a gray layer that shows the photo’s edges very weak.
· 5 Merge the layer with the layer down: right-click the layer in the Layers window and choose “Merge Down”.
· 6 Duplicate the now merged layer and change the new layer’s mode to “Dodge”.
· 7 If you want to point out the grey lines some more, you can do so as follows:
- 8 Merge the two gray layers so that you can find the line drawing on a single layer.
- 9 Duplicate the layer again and change its mode to “Multiply”.
- 10 Repeat this step as often as you like (until the width of the lines is OK).
Now the pencil drawing is finished!
How to make a speech bubble in GIMP
- First of all open any image and create a new ‘layer’ and add it to your image.
- Click on the transparency and then click ‘ok’.
- From the right menu bar choose the ‘elliptical’ icon to make a round balloon.
- Select the 'free select tool' and select ‘mode’ to 'add to current selection' and then draw a triangle with the base inside the previous balloon and the pointed end outside the balloon.
- Select the 'bucket fill' tool and make sure your ‘background’ color is selected as white and the 'affected area' as ‘fill whole selection’.
- Click inside the text balloon where it immediately changes into white color.
- To make a black border, go to 'select' from the top menu and from the drop down select the 'to path'.
- Again go to 'select' and check 'none'.
- Go to 'edit' and click on 'stroke path' and then from the side menu click the ‘background’ color to make it black.
- In the stroke path menu select line width as 4 and then select ‘stroke’.
- This way the black border gets drawn.
- Hide this layer and make a new layer and with the same settings.
- Repeat the process but choose a rectangular text balloon but with round corners. That’s it.
Create a realistic wall impression painting
- Open a background image in Gimp.
- Now open the foreground image in another layer in the same window. Try Drag-Drop.
- Go to "Mode" in Layer window and select "Burn" mode.
- Open Colors>>Colorize and set values Hue:0 Saturation:0 and Lightness: 30.
- Repeat 1 to 4 for the Background image