This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to add colour to a Sabattier Skin Tones Image. 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.
My Tutorial Here, demonstrates how to create a Sabattier (Solorised) Skin Tones Effect using the Curves Editor.
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
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).
The Free Select Tool
Understand Blend Modes
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace.
Now, create a New Transparent Layer above the Start Image, and name the Layer something like Colour.
You will find the next step easier if you Zoom into your image.
3/ (Free Select Tool Tutorial For Beginners)
From the Toolbar, activate the Free Select Tool.
Ensure Add to the current selection is activated and Feather edges is set to 10 pixels.
Then (working on the Colourise Layer). Carefully isolate just the Skin Tones with a Selection Marquee - as demonstrated below.
4/ Colourise Choice One: The Blend Tool - Utilise The Colourise Filter Here
To colourise the selected skin tones using the Blend Tool, from the Toolbox, activate the Blend Tool.
And select a Blend of your choice from the Tool Options Box. Then apply it over the Selected Skin Tones. (I have selected a Blend named Tropical Colours).
My Tutorial Here, demonstrates in detail how to utilise the Blend Tool.
Now, change the Colourised Layer’s Blend Mode from Normal to Grain Merge.
For personal blends, it’s important to experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities. (Burn and Difference Blend Modes work well).
Colourise Filter - Second Colouring Choice
To add colour using the Colourise Filter, from the top menu, choose Colours and then choose Colourise. Now, from the subsequent Colourise dialogue box, experiment with the Hue and Saturation settings, then click OK.
From the top menu, choose Select then choose None.
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a GIMP XCF File.
When you are happy with your final image, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
Blur Tool Tip
Any ragged edges can be smoothed using the Blur Tool .
Congratulations, your Colourised Skin Tones Conversion is complete, and it is ready to save.
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