This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a Sharp Lith Photographic Conversion. 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
Remove Colour From Images
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 Colours and then choose Desaturate. And from the subsequent Desaturate dialogue box, enter the following setting, then click OK.
Duplicate the Background Layer by left-clicking the following Create a duplicate... tab.
Then, (working on the Background Copy Layer), from the top menu, choose Colours and then choose Colourise. And from the subsequent Colourise dialogue box, set the following Hue and Saturation settings, and then click OK.
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Enhance and then choose Unsharp Mask. And from the subsequent Unsharp Mask dialogue box, enter the following settings, and then click OK.
Still working on the Background Copy Layer: change its Blending Mode from Normal to Hard Light.
To create personal blends, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.
Congratulations, your Sharp Lith Conversion is complete, and is ready to save - top menu, then File/Export then Save As.
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