This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a pretty embossed photo 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
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).
Then (from the Layers Palette). Duplicate the Embossed Layer by left-clicking, and dragging the Embossed Image’s Layer over the following Create a duplicate... tab.
Then, (working on the Top Layer). From the top menu, choose Filters and then choose Distorts and then choose Emboss. And from the subsequent Emboss dialogue box, set the following settings, and then click OK.
For personal results, it’s important to experiment with the Emboss Filter’s settings.
4/ Understand Layer Blend Modes - Understand Layers.
Now, change the Top Layer’s Blend Mode from Normal to Lighten Only.
For personal Blends, it’s important to experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.
To finish, 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.
Congratulations, your Pretty Embossed Image is complete, and is ready to save.
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