This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to Age a Modern Photograph using three GIMP Scripts. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor and then choose Old Photo. And from the subsequent Script-Fu Old Photo dialogue box, enter settings of your choice, and then click OK.
I am not working on a copy.
Then, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor and this time choose Rounded Corners. And from the subsequent Script-Fu Rounded Corners dialogue box, enter settings of your choice, and then click OK.
I am not working on a copy.
Background Colour Tip
If you mark Add Background a Background that represents the Background Colour Swatch will be applied to your image. In this instance, a White Background will be applied to my Rounded Corners Image.
Drop Shadow Note
If you mark Add Drop-shadow, a Drop Shadow Layer will be added to your image.
For personal results, experiment with the Rounded Corners settings.
Now, activate the Background Layer - as illustrated below.
Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor and choose Coffee
Stain. And from the subsequent Script-Fu Coffee Stain dialogue box, enter settings of your choice, and then click OK.
Change The Black Background: Tip
To remove the White Background: left-click to remove the Background #1 Layer’s Visibility (Eye) Icon. This temporarily hides the Layer’s Contents - as illustrated below-right.
Fill Layer Tip
Now you have removed the White Background, you can create a Fill Layer, and Fill it with either a Solid Colour, Pattern or a Gradient - as demonstrated by my Create A Fill Layer Tutorial Here.
Tip: Reposition The Coffee Stain (S)
To reposition a Coffee Stain, first activate the Stain’s Layer. Then, activate the Move Tool, and drag the Coffee Stain to a different position.
To preserve your Layers, save your Layered Image as a GIMP XCF Image.
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.
Congratulations, your Aged Photograph Conversion is complete, and is ready to Optimise and Save.
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