This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to apply GIMP’s Whirl and Pinch Filter. 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.
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).
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Distorts and then choose Whirl and Pinch. And from the subsequent dialogue box, enter the following settings, and then click OK.
For personal results, it’s important to experiment with different settings and discover a look that suits your needs.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
Congratulations, your Whirl and Pinch Distortion is complete, and is ready to save.
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