This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to add gloss to a rose using Layer Blend Modes. 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.
Understand Blend Modes
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 Layers Palette, Duplicate the Background Layer by right-clicking over it, and choosing Duplicate Layer from the subsequent drop-down list.
Then change the Background Copy Layer’s Blend Mode from Normal to Addition.
Blend Modes Tip: Understand Layers - Understand Blend Modes
For personal results, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities to see how they can change the look of your image.
Duplicate The Background Copy Layer Tip
Duplicating the Background Copy Layer by right-clicking over it and choosing Duplicate Layer from the subsequent dialogue box will produce a glossier rose.
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.
Congratulations, your Glossy Rose Conversion is complete, and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
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