Retouching images with digital photo editing software Gimp
This tutorial is a help for photo retouching with Gimp.
Gimp is a free photo editing software for
digital photo image editing, retouching and correction.
Autor Moris Garon for Gimps.de with photo editing software Gimp.
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Image Retouching and Photo Editing
Retouching of images is a fundamental task for any
photo editing graphic designer.
The phrase "digital photo retouching"
commonly means correction and improvement of an image
through digital image processing.
Some Photographer are editing a photo portrait in
a sense of digital photo retouching to achieve higher price
for their picture. Photo editing can be used for
photo restoration ; retouching and removing
of under eye bags, small red spots on skin, warts, acne scars
and other problems of humanity in an photo portrait image.
Gimp is a free photo editing software,
a program and a professional image editing tool
for photo retouching. You can use Gimp to fix, correct,
edit and retouch photos and images in the most optimal way.
The following guide is a help for photo editing and
retouching with Gimp.
Guide for retouching with Gimp's clone tool
Gimp's clone tool
is a basic tool for photo retouching. Use the clone tool
for editing of wrinkles, acne or small red skin spots in
a photo portrait.
#1 select the source for clone tool
Choose a soft fuzzy paintbrush. Hold the Ctrl button
pressed and click with Gimp's clone tool
on a clean spot near the blemish that you are retouching
to use this clean spot as a source for the clone tool.
#2 photo retouching is art
After you have chosen the source for the clone tool,
you can paint with the source over the blemish that you
are editing in order to remove, retouch or fix it in a photo.
Tips for retouching with the clone tool
* Use only soft fuzzy brushes to avoid sharp edges, corners and stripes.
* Use as many different sources for the clone tool as possible to
avoid obvious repetition in the image.
* Use Gimp's clone tool to replace, cover and copy
small areas in a picture or photo portrait image.
Guide for retouching with a paintbrush
is a good drawing tool that can be used for retouching
of under eye bags and deep wrinkles with help of Gimp's enormous
photo editing features. Use the paintbrush of Gimp as a
digital make-up to cover wrinkles, dark stains and spots on skin.
After you have gained more experience, you will retouch photo
portrait images much better than Andy Warhol.
#1 paint over the spot that you are editing
Create a new transparent layer.
Choose white as color to retouch, remove and fix dark spots on skin.
Choose black as color to retouch and fix bright spots on skin.
Paint with a paintbrush
on the transparent layer over the spot
or blemish that you wish to correct and retouch.
Blur the retouching layer with Filters » Blur » Gaussian Blur.
I used a value of 75x75 px to blur the layer in my photo image.
#2 magic of photo retouching
Set the layer mode of the retouching layer in the layers
dialog to Overlay to retouch the underlying layer in the image.
Duplicate the original layer, move the copy to the top of all
layers. Set the layer mode of the moved layer to Hue to keep
the natural hue and colors of the picture.
Duplicate the upper layer, set the layer mode of that duplicated
layer to Saturation to save natural saturation and colors
from being lost through photo editing.
A photo before and after retouching with Gimp.
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