Gimp: Watercolor Portrait With Standard Brushes in Gimp

Gimp: Watercolor Portrait With Standard Brushes in Gimp

August 29, 2019 30 By Peter Engel


In this tutorial we are going to change a
color photo into a beautiful watercolor portrait. If you want to follow along, you can find
the download links for the images in the video description. Go to file, open and open the image. We will use the standard brushes in Gimp,
so there is no need to download other brushes. Click on the zoom icon in the top right corner
to maximize the image in the window. The size of this image is 1920 by 1280 pixels. When you use an image with a different size,
you might want to adjust some of the given values. Double click on the name and change it to
base. Now we make a duplicate by pressing Ctrl+Shift+D
on our keyboard. Again, double click on the name and rename
it blur. Then we go to filters in the menu bar, click
blur and then selective gaussian blur. Move the dialog box to the top of your screen,
place the cursor on the corner and when it changes in a double diagonal arrow, we can
pull out the dialog box. Move the image in the preview pane. We change the blur radius to 15 and we make
the delta 65. Go ahead and click okay. Select the base layer, press Ctrl+Shift+D
to make a duplicate, double click on the name and rename it lines. Then we hit the green upwards pointing arrow
to place this layer on top of the layers stack. Go to the menu bar and click filters again. This time we hit edge detect and then neon. Move the dialog box to the top of the screen
en drag out the window. Make the image good visible. Make the radius 3, and the amount 0,06. click the preview off, and on, to see the
result. Then click okay. Now we hit colors, and click invert. Back to colors and click desaturate. Check the option luminosity and click okay. Again to colors and now we click brightness
and contrast. Make the brightness minus 10 and the contrast
plus 40. Then click okay. Make its blend mode multiply. Activate the blur layer. Then we hit Ctrl+Shift+D, to make a duplicate
of this layer. Double click on the name and type in brushes. Co to colors and click invert. Then we change its blend mode to dodge. Hit the P key on your keyboard to make the
paintbrush active. Change the opacity to 10. choose brush acrylic 1. Make its size somewhere around 700. Now brush with big strokes over the entire image, but leave the edges free, like shown in the video. Give the face a bit extra. Change the brush to texture hose 03. make its opacity 50, and the size about 400. Click on dynamics, scroll down and activate
the option track direction. This makes our brush rotate automatically
when we use it. Now we click carefully in the image to apply
this effect. When we want to undo one or more previous
steps, we can hit Ctrl+Z one or more times. When we click several times on the same spot
without moving the mouse, the effect becomes stronger. Besides just clicking, we can also click and
drag our brush. When we think its enough, we change our brush
to splats 01 and make its opacity 75. Then we can click some splats here and there. When we feel its okay, we go to file, and open as layers. Here we open our watercolor texture. Hit the upwards pointing arrow to place this
layer on top of the layers stack. We make its blend mode multiply and reduce
the opacity to about 60. And there we have it, a beautiful watercolor
portrait, using only the standard brushes in gimp. I hope you have fun with this workshop and
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