How to create a gradient in gimp

Gimp is one of the most popular open-source photo editing software. It also happens to be free. Due to its customizability, it would be strange if it didn’t offer you a chance to make a unique photo collage.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Making a photo collage in Gimp is a thorough process. There are no apps or plug-ins that would make it easier, so you will have to do it manually.

However, if you want to create beautiful images, go through this guide and you’ll be able to create your personal mosaic in no time.

How to Make a Grid Photo Collage in Gimp?

To make a photo collage in Gimp, you should follow these steps:

Creating a Blank Canvas

  1. Open Gimp.
  2. Click on ‘File’ on the top-left of the screen.
  3. Select ‘New’. A ‘Create a New Image’ window should appear.
  4. In the ‘Image Size’ section, set both ‘Height’ and ‘Width’ to 1350 pixels.

How to create a gradient in gimp

This will create a blank square within which you can place a lot of small pictures. The best way to do this precisely is to use ‘Guides’. With this tool, you’ll be able to position and center your images evenly in collage squares. You’ll have to create 2 horizontal and 2 vertical guides.

Creating the Guidelines

  1. Click ‘View’ on the top of the screen and then ‘Show Guides’ and ‘Snap to Guides’.
  2. Go to ‘Image’ > ‘Guide’ > ‘New Guide’. A new window will open.
  3. Select the ‘Horizontal’ direction and enter 450 for position.
  4. Click OK.
  5. For the second guide, repeat steps 5-7, and choose 900 for position
    How to create a gradient in gimp
  6. For the first vertical guide, repeat steps 5-7, but select ‘Vertical’ direction and 450 position.
  7. For the second vertical guide, repeat steps 5-7, but select’ Vertical’ direction and 900 position.

Adding the First Image

It’s time to insert the first image into these guides:

  1. Click ‘File’ on the top-left.
  2. Select ‘Open as Layers’.
  3. Find the image and select ‘Open’. The image should appear on the screen with guides over it.
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  4. Adjust the image to one of the squares in the guide.
  5. Go to ‘Tools’> ‘Transform Tools’ > ‘Scale’ to resize the image.
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  6. Click on ‘Tools’
  7. Go to ‘Selection Tools’ and then choose ‘Rectangle Select’.
  8. Click and drag the selection over the part of the image that’s in the square.
  9. Select ‘Edit’, and then ‘Copy’.
  10. Then go to ‘Edit’ > ‘Paste’.
  11. Select ‘Layer’ and then ‘To New Layer’.

This will now create the first part of your collage. You should remove the original image’s layer by selecting it in the layer window and pressing the ‘Delete’ key.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Adding a Border

What’s left is to add a border to your image and insert the rest of the pictures.

  1. Go to ‘Tools’, and click ‘Default Colors’. This will make the background of your collage white. If you want a different background color, select ‘Tools’> ’Swap Colors’.
  2. Right-click on the new, modified layer.
  3. Click ‘Alpha’ and go to ‘Section’. This will select the image.
  4. While the image is selected, go to ‘Edit’ and click on ‘Stroke Selection’. A ‘Stroke Selection’ window will pop up.
  5. Select ‘Stroke line’, and click on ‘Solid color’ button.
  6. Choose the line width, for example, 30px.
  7. Select the ‘Stroke’ button.
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This will create the white border for the first image in your collage.

Adding the Rest of The Images

Now that you know how to add parts of the collage, it is time to complete it.

Repeat the previous steps for each image that you add. Remember to adjust them to the guides to maintain the perfect square shape.

How to create a gradient in gimp

After you finish your collage, you should remove the guides and save the image. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Image’ on the top of the screen.
  2. Select ‘Guides’.
  3. Click on the ‘Remove all Guides’ button. Now you’ll be able to see your collage clearly.
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  4. Click ‘File’ on the top-left.
  5. Select ‘Save’.
  6. Choose the save destination and the name of your document.
  7. Click ‘OK’.

This will save the collage to your hard drive.

Time to Experiment with Collage

At first glance, this process seems long and exhausting. But after you get the hang of it, it will all go quick and smooth.

One of the best parts of making a photo collage is that you can customize it any way that you want. In this article, we used 1350px squares. However, you can adjust the guides to form smaller squares while choosing an even bigger canvas.

You can also modify some guides to be bigger than others, and experiment with sizes and shapes of your collage. So, what are you waiting for? That beautiful collage will not form itself.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a simple gradient shape like this one:

So, let’s get started. First of all create a new image with the size 640×400 and click OK. Then select your Blend Tool and down select the foreground color to white and the background color to a light grey. Then down make sure that the Gradient is on FG to BG. Then at the Shape list select Radial and then drag a line from the center to down – right like I did.

Then create a new layer by going to Layer – New Layer or by pressing Shift + Ctrl + N and click OK and then select the Path Tool and click on a place on the image to create a start path and then click on another place and then drag down to make a shape like I did.

Then put another point and drag it like I did.

Again put another point and drag it like I did.

Now to finish the shape: hold Ctrl and then click the first dot you made, just like I did.

Now, my shape isn’t that cool because I did this for this tutorial but you can always change the shape of it and make it like you want. Ok so now we will go to the toolbox window and down we will see a button that says “Selection from Path“. Click it, then grab your Blend Tool and set the shape back to Linear. Then at the colors box select the foreground color and make it with #4ec7ff as the HTML notation and the background color #051955 then drag from the top to the bottom like I did:

Then go to Select – Grow and grow it by 10 px then click OK. You can always make that number larger depending on how big do you want the border to be. Then create a New Layer and in the layer window move this new layer underneath this layer. It should look like this:

Ok now with your Blend Tool grabbed make the foreground color a light grey and the background color a slightely darker gray. Then drag from the top to the bottom of the shape to make the border.

Then go to Select – None. Now the last step is to apply a drop shadow to our shape so go to Filters- Light and Shadow- Drop Shadow and there put 0 to both X and Y and the Blur Radius to 20 the opacity to 100 and uncheck Allow Resizing and click OK. So thats how you create a simple random shape in GIMP. For the text you can do the same thing just that you will need to right click on the text layer and select alpha to selection. I will update this post with the Text effect tutorial when I will have more time since this tutorial is made on the run. So thanks for reading enter my YouTube Channel and subscribe and see you later. God Bless You!!

How to create a gradient in gimp

You probably noticed that the title of this post is a bit odd, but however you got here, I can show you how to draw any kind of shape you want in GIMP using a few simple tools. Like most things in GIMP, there are several ways you can do this job, so let’s start with the simplest one.

Method 1: Making a Solid Shape

This method will allow you to create solid shapes filled with a single color, a pattern, or a gradient. If you want to create an outlined shape, try Method 2 or Method 3.

Step 1: Create A Selection

With your image open in GIMP, switch to the Rectangle Select tool using the toolbox or by pressing the keyboard shortcut R.

Click and drag on your image to create your chosen rectangle or square. GIMP will outline the selection and provide adjustment handles at the four corners for resizing, and along each edge for constrained resizing along a single edge (although these will be hidden until you hover the cursor over the selection).

You can also hold down the Alt key (Option on a Mac) and click and drag to reposition your entire selection area.

If you want to be precise about the location without having to place the selection by hand, you can also use the Tool Options panel on the left dock to type in a specific location and size, based on the upper left corner of the selection area.

You’ll need to have started drawing a selection already, and GIMP will reposition it for you based on your input.

Once you’re happy with the size and position of your selection, press the Enter key to finalize it.

Step 2: Fill Your Selection

Now for the fun part! If you want to fill your selection area with a solid color, select it using the color picker at the bottom of the toolbox. The upper left color swatch is your foreground color, and the bottom right color swatch is your background color.

Switch to the Bucket Fill tool using the toolbox or the keyboard shortcut Shift + B. Check the Tool Options panel and make sure the Fill Type is set to FB color fill (although you can use BG color fill or Pattern fill if you want to), and Affected Area is set to Whole Selection.

Then simply click anywhere inside your selection, and GIMP will fill it with your chosen color or pattern.

If you don’t want to use the Bucket Fill tool, you can quickly fill a selection area with the current foreground color by pressing Ctrl +, (that’s a comma, in case it isn’t clear) or fill with the current background color by pressing Ctrl + . (that’s a period, even though my grammar checker is mad about it).

You can also fill your selection with a gradient by switching to the Gradient tool, which is nested in the toolbox underneath the Bucket Fill tool, or you can use the keyboard shortcut G. Set your Tool Options as desired, and then click and drag anywhere inside your selection to fill with your chosen gradient settings.

You can repeat this process as many times as you want, although I recommend that you put each different rectangle/square/box on a separate layer so that you can move them around independently of each other later on.

Method 2: Making An Outlined Shape

This method is fairly similar to Method 1, although we’ll use a different technique to create an outline of the selection instead of using a solid color, gradient, or pattern fill.

Step 1: Create A Selection

Create your selection as before using the Rectangle Select tool. I won’t rehash the same details over again, since this is a fairly basic step.

Step 2: Apply A Stroke

If you’re not familiar with the terminology, this isn’t some scary medical condition that can affect your image. Instead, applying a stroke essentially means drawing a line or brushstroke around the selection area.

Open the Edit menu, and click Stroke Selection.

GIMP will open up the Stroke Selection dialog box, which is full of all sorts of ways to customize the stroke that will be applied to your selection.

How to create a gradient in gimp

You can apply a simple line, a pattern, or even a paint tool complete with emulated brush input dynamics, although these dynamics won’t be as effective as if you’d actually hand-drawn the stroke.

Choose all your settings, and click the Stroke button to finalize it.

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This is probably the most flexible way of creating a rectangle/box/square in GIMP, and it can be combined with Method 1 or Method 3 to create more complex effects.

Method 3: Drawing Straight Lines In GIMP

If you don’t want to use either of the selection methods, there’s one last option that might work for you.

It’s possible to draw perfectly straight lines in GIMP using one of the many brush tools – and I don’t mean cheating by using a ruler on your drawing tablet, which is silly. Usually, I wholeheartedly approve of silly things, but you don’t want to damage your tablet’s drawing surface!

This method has the advantage that it works with any of GIMP’s brush-based tools, from the Paintbrush to the Clone tool, which creates some interesting possibilities depending on the settings you choose.

Select your chosen tool, and click at a point where you’d like to have one corner of your shape. Hold down the Shift key, and move your mouse to the next corner. While you’re holding the Shift key, GIMP will automatically draw a straight line between the two points, showing the path that your auto-filled stroke will take.

However, that’s only good enough to draw straight lines. For a proper rectangle/square/box, we’ll need to constrain the angle too. While still holding down the Shift key, hold down the Ctrl key as well, which will constrain your angle to 15-degree increments.

That will allow you to draw any kind of straight-edged polygon that you want, from squares to boxes to hypercubes!

Welcome to the second of our tutorial series on Gimp. As we have said before Gimp has evolved into an extremely powerful tool for photographers, having many of the features contained in it’s payware cousin, Photoshop. Today we are going to take a look at one of those features, layers and as before, the best way to do this is by doing something constructive, in this case adding a graduated filter to an image with a dull sky. For the first tutorial in the series, check out the post on how to make your images sparkle using levels and curves.

Open the Image

The image I am using in this tutorial has a potentially interesting sky that needs livening up. Click here to download the image to work along. With the image open in Gimp, check that you can see the layers palette to the right and make sure the layers tab is selected.

Create a Duplicate Layer

First thing we need to do is create a duplicate of our original image. To do this, we go to the main menu and select Layer – Duplicate Layer. We will now see our duplicate layer appear above the original in the layers palette. Unlike Photoshop, in Gimp you do not get the option to rename a layer when creating it, however, you can double click on the layer in the palette to rename it. In this case we will call it Graduated Sky.

How to create a gradient in gimp
Duplicate the background layer

Darken the Sky

Now with the duplicated layer selected, we are going to darken the sky to get the effect of a graduated filter. To do this you can use either the levels or curves tool that we learned about in the previous tutorial. The curves tool is preferable here as it gives you a whole lot more control. As you can see from the image, I have created a luminance curve to darken both the darkest parts of the clouds but also to add definition to the god rays breaking through the clouds. To give the image an end of day, sunset feel, I have also put a slight curve into the blue and red channels. Curving the blue channel down in the mid tone regions adds a subtle yellow feel to the image and curving the red very slightly up has added a touch of warmth. By using the individual RGB curves you can theme your graduated filter to more or less any color. For example, adding a deeper blue to a blue sky. Click OK once you are happy with your curve.

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Using curves to get the sky as we want it

Add a Layer Mask

Next we are going to use another technique that Photoshop users may be familiar with, adding a layer mask. Make sure your duplicate layer is still selected and from the menu select Layer – Mask – Add Layer Mask. You can also right click on the duplicate layer to do this. Make sure White (Full Opacity) is selected from the pop up dialogue box and click Add.

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Adding a Layer Mask

Set Foreground and Background Color

From the tool box on the right, you will see the foreground and background colors, again very similar to Photoshop. Make sure that the foreground is set to white and the background to black. By default, it is the other way round but by clicking on the reverse arrow you can switch them. If either the foreground or background is not black or white, clicking on either color swatch will bring up a color palette, allowing you to select the correct color.

Use Blend Fill Tool for a Graduated Fill Effect

Using another familiar tool select the Blend Fill tool similar to the Graduated Fill tool in Photoshop. With this tool, we can draw a line from the top of our image down towards the bottom. You need to judge where to stop the Blend Fill, I usually find around one third of the distance from the bottom of the sky to the bottom of the image works well. If you a have more foreground subjects to one side, you can angle the Blend Fill. When you release the mouse, your will see the sky remains dark but your foreground returns to the brightness of the original. If you are not happy with the position of the blend, simply repeating the exercise will replace it with a new version.

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Before and After

If you want your sky darker, you now have two options. You can make a further curves correction on the duplicate layer or you can duplicate the layer again and back off the opacity to suit your need.

So there you have it, a simple technique to add drama to your skies using a very powerful yet free image manipulation program.

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how to make a circular gradient

how to make a circular gradient

i’m using a photoshop tutorial to figure out how to make a “waiting animation” (a circle of spinning circles), except i’m doing it with gimp. see

i’m stuck on the step where i need to add a gradient layer, that will make the first circle fully visible and then each circle thereafter lighter until at about 270 degrees there is only white.

the tutorial says add a Gradient Fill layer, white-to-transparent at 77 degree angle. I can’t find an equivalent in gimp for “New Fill Layer”.

i tried the Filters | Light Effects | GFlare. this comes close, but all the circles are still visible. i want them to disappear at 270 degrees.

using gimp, how do make a circular transparent-to-white gradient that goes to completly white three-quarters the way around in a circle?

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I’m fairly weak in my GIMP skills but I would really like to improve. I’m trying to create a realistic gold surface in GIMP. I’ve created a reasonable image here using the gold gradient, a curve shift for the edge of the medallion, and bump mapping for the pressed image. However the gold needs work.

The gradient lines are too straight and consistent, which may work on specific objects but not so well for the coin.

How can I improve the surface effect?

Here’s my medallion:

How to create a gradient in gimp

And here’s a real medal:

How to create a gradient in gimp

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Part of the “problem” for anyone relatively new to Gimp is that there are often many ways to reach any desired outcome and the desired outcome is always a personal preference. Hopefully you will get many answers with alternative solutions.

Based on your description and attached medal, I presume you have been watching “How to create gold medal with GIMP” tutorial on YouTube by Jose Navas which is an ok tutorial and intro to using bump maps in Gimp. The “Gold Gradient” used in the tutorial is not necessarily the best way to start but since you’ve already chosen that path, here are some methods and filters you can play with. Try different combinations. Always first make a copy of the layer you wish to modify. Play with Layer Opacity Values and Layer Blend Modes. Since you already know how to use bump maps, an easy way to proceed might be to search and download “Gold Medal Textures”, open them as layers and use them as bump maps in the same manner as you did with pressed image.

I would suggest you first install G’MIC Plugin for Gimp. That way you have more filters and options.

Some filters you might wish to try:

  • Cartesian Transform (Filters -> G’Mic -> Deformations -> Cartesian Transform)
  • Gaussian Blur (Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur)
  • Random (Filters -> G’Mic -> Deformations -> Random)
  • Textured Glass (Filters -> G’Mic -> Deformations -> Textured Glass)
  • Noise (Filters -> G’Mic -> Degradations -> Noise [Additive])
  • Cinema (Filters -> G’Mic -> Testing -> Gentlemanbeggar -> 60’s cinema)
  • Metallic Grain (Filters -> Gmic -> Testing -> Photocomix -> Metallic Grain)
  • Relief Light (Filters -> G’Mic -> Lights & Shadows -> Relief light)
  • Brushify (Filters -> G’Mic -> Artistic -> Brushify)

In the samples below I’ve typically used layer opacity values between 20-50 percent so effects are subtle. Hopefully you can see some differencies when zooming in.

How to create a gradient in gimp

If you wish to control lighting options and optionally add realism by using environment maps (much the same way as bump maps), you can try Lighting Effects (Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Lighting Effects. ).

How to create a gradient in gimp

For desired outcome, try different material properties, maps, light colors, intensities, number of lights, lamp types etc.

How to create a gradient in gimp

There seems to be plenty of Photoshop tutorials available so depending on how well you know your way around Gimp you could perhaps attempt to follow one of those tutorials and try to replicate the tasks in Gimp. One good Youtube tutorial is called “How To Create a Realistic Coin In Photoshop“. It introduces some basic concepts and methods that are Application independent and achievable also in Gimp or most any other image editor.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Finally, if you wish to learn more about surface texturing and photorealistic material creation, it might be a good idea to search for Blender “Hard Surface Texturing” tutorials even if you are not a Blender user. Many Blender artists create their weathered hard surface texturing brushes, bump maps, scratch brushes etc. in Gimp.

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In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to create a molten lava text effect with GIMP where it appears as if the letters are made of smoldering magma. This tutorial is a little on the advanced side. You can follow along if you’re a beginner, but I have to warn that you may find it a bit overwhelming.

The following is a brief overview of the steps taken to achieve this effect. Please watch the video tutorial at the top of the page for the complete step-by-step instructions.

Design Elements

You’ll need the following design elements in order to follow along with this tutorial, so please make sure to download them before getting started.

Lava Texture

We’ll be using this lava texture several times throughout the tutorial.

Scratched Steel Texture

This texture will be used as the background image. It is optional but recommended because it does add a nice overall touch.

Smoke Brushes

These smoke brushes are completely optional. I just added a touch of smoke in order to help sell the design more. The effect looks fine without them though, so you can skip this step if you’d like. Please refer to the tutorial I made about installing GIMP brushes if you need instructions for how to do so.

How To Create A Lava Text Effect

The first thing we’re going to do is create a new document with a black background and add some white text.

Next we’ll distort the edges of the text using the Distort Selection feature in GIMP.

Now we’ll use the lava texture to create a black and white mask over the text.

Then we’ll create a 3D map of the texture using the Emboss filter.

Now we’ll create another copy of the text and mask it with another copy of the lava texture.

Now we’ll place the embossed layer on top of the newly created lava texture layer, set the blend mode to Lighten Only and adjust the color curves so that the molten lava has more of a raised 3D sort of look.

Next we’ll create a border around the edges of the text, layer it beneath the text, and fill it in with a gradient.

Now let’s lighten up the background a bit by adjusting the color curves, then add a drop shadow beneath the text.

Next we’ll add a white glow to the top left edges of the text in order to give the design a little more dimension. This is achieved by create another white copy of the text, then using a slightly displaced black copy of the text to subtract from it.

Once subtracted, give it a slight Gaussian blue, set the blend mode to Soft Light and duplicate the layer to help enhance the effect a bit.

Now we’ll use our smoke brushes to add some subtle white strokes of smoke across the design. Set the blend mode to Overlay so it’ll have a nice, integrated effect.

The final step is to create a new layer from visible and adjust the color curves and levels in order to give the entire design a polished, uniform look. Again, refer to the video tutorial to see exactly how this is done.

And with that our lava text effect is complete! If you have any questions simply leave a comment below, and as always, thanks for watching!

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Thank you for your tutorial and generous resources. 😊 I’m sort of odd, as I love to learn, but normally hate tutorials. But, yours was not only tolerable, but a pleasant experience. Clear, concise, direct. Thank you so much! (I also learned a new trick, as well, which may be no “trick” to other users, but the workarounds I’ve done to select a layer… Ugh. 🤦‍♀️ Long story short: I gasped, shook my head at myself, but felt thankful that if all else failed I was now fully made aware of the “Alpha to Selection” option.) My text turned out and now I’m excited to check out other tutorials you may have available. Many sincere thanks!

Glad to help, Erica! Thanks for the feedback.


I recently got GIMP 2.10.4 after previously using 2.8. When initially learning how to fade layers to transparent, I used a tutorial which I will post below. With the new version, I am doing the exact same steps. When I get to “drag a vertical line from the bottom of the image to where you want the fade effect,” NOTHING happens. No gradient, nothing. I’ve tried this several times with the same failure. Did something change with the new version, or am I just completely missing something?

Add a Layer Mask

  1. Open up the Layers menu [CTRL][L] . If you’re opening just a basic jpeg or png there should be just one layer at this point.
  2. In the Layers menu , right click on the layer and select Add Layer Mask .
  3. Make sure White (full opacity) is selected and click Add . You should see a white box show up next to the thumbnail of your image in the Layers menu.

Create the Fade Effect

  1. Right click on your layer and make sure that Edit Layer Mask is selected.
  2. Make sure that the Foreground Color is set to Black and the Background Color is set to White in the GIMP tools menu.
  3. Click on the Blend Tool (it should be just to the right of Bucket Fill ).
  4. Drag a vertical line from the bottom of the image to where you want to stop the fade effect. ( Hint: Hold down the [CTRL] key to help make the line vertical.)

In this GIMP tutorial, we are going to learn how to create a spherical photo collage.

We’ll be using the Ellipse Select Tool and the Spherize filter that comes with GIMP.

To create the reflection, we will use a layer mask and the gradient tool.

We can play around with GIMP’s many tools to add our own artistic effects.

Video: Tutorial How to Create a Spherical Collage in GIMP.

Watch the video for detailed instructions and use the written steps for quick reference. If you enjoyed this video, I highly encourage you to subscribe to my Youtube channel – PhotoEffect.

Export your collage as JPEG format.

Use File>Open. command in the top menu or else just press Ctrl+O to open your image.

The “Open Image” dialog will appear, allowing you to navigate to the file and click on its name.

Navigate through your folders in the Places panel and the Name panel until your images’ name appears in the Name panel.

Click the image you want to open.

When an image file is selected, you can view the preview of the image file at the right-hand side of the box, although it’s not easy to find an image based on a thumbnail.

How do I download brushes into gimp?

  1. Step 1: Find a Brush Pack and Download It. …
  2. Step 2: Locate the Brushes Folder in GIMP and Drag Brush Kit Into This Folder. …
  3. Step 3: Refresh Your Brushes in GIMP. …
  4. Step 4: Enjoy!

How do I install ABR brushes in gimp?

How do I use custom brushes in gimp?

/. gimp-2.10/brushes/”). So select that folder and type in a name for the brush. For our example, the brush was named happy.

How do I add brushes to gimp Mac?

What is a .ABR file?

How install Gimp brushes Linux?

How do I turn on pressure sensitivity in gimp?

GIMP: Go to Edit > Input Devices. Select “Microsoft device Stylus.” Set the mode to “Screen.” Pick a brush that uses pressure sensitivity, and start drawing.

How do you open brushes in gimp?

  1. from the Toolbox, by clicking on the brush symbol in the Brush/Pattern/Gradient area (if you have checked the “Show active brush, pattern and gradient” option in the toolbox preferences).
  2. From an image menu: Windows → Dockable Dialogs → Brushes;

Does gimp support Photoshop brushes?

Fortunately, GIMP makes installing and using Photoshop brushes very easy in versions 2.4 and beyond. All you have to do is place the brush file in the proper folder. For GIMP versions older than 2.4, however, you have to convert Photoshop brushes manually, and instructions are probably still available.

Why can’t I edit brush in gimp?

Look in Edit -> Preferences Folders -> Brushes and by default there are two locations for brushes, your Gimp profile folder and the Gimp installation folder. These have a ‘writeable’ tick box. Do not try and make the Program Files writeable, this only affects the Gimp profile and any extra folder(s) you might create.

How do I add brushes to gimp 2.10 Mac?

  1. Step 1- Find and download the GIMP brushes or abr files you want to install. …
  2. Step 2- Open Finder and go to Applications.
  3. Step 3- Right-click the GIMP app and choose “Open package contents”.

Can Gimp use ABR brushes?

GIMP brushes are usually available in . … For the versions 2.4 and above, GIMP makes installing and using Photoshop brushes (. abr file) quite straightforward. All you need to do is place the Photoshop brush files in the proper folder.

Where does gimp install?

  1. In Windows 7 and later versions: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\GIMP\2.10 (a.k.a. %APPDATA%/GIMP/2.10 )
  2. In Linux: /home//.

How do I create an ABR file?

  1. 1 – Start Adobe Photoshop. …
  2. 2 – Open the Brush window. …
  3. 3 – Select the brush presets (and groups) to export. …
  4. 4 – Export to an ABR file.

How do I open a Brushset file?

  1. Locate the .brushset file in Google Drive.
  2. Tap the three little dots.
  3. Select Open in.
  4. Navigate to Copy to Procreate (if it doesn’t show up, try selecting More)
  5. Tada! Your new brush set is imported into the Procreate app.

What are ABR brushes?

An ABR file is a brush file for Adobe Photoshop, a photo editing program. Brush files include textures, shapes, and other information for use with the brush tool. They allow you to virtually paint shapes and lines with unique colors and textures, rather than just a solid color.

Where are Gimp brushes located on Mac?

in Gimp, I search Gimp/preferences/folders/brushes. The writable folder is: /users/”username”/library/application support/GIMP/2.10/brushes.

Can I use a stylus with GIMP?

Does GIMP recognize pen pressure?

Which is better GIMP or Krita?

How do I select brushes in GIMP?

Brushes can be selected by clicking on an icon in the Brushes dialog. GIMP ‘s current brush is shown in the Brush/Pattern/Gradient area of the Toolbox. Clicking on the brush symbol there is one way of activating the Brushes dialog.

Where is the path tool in GIMP?

What is the importance of brush in GIMP?

The brush determines how much of the image is affected by the tool, and how it is affected, when you trace out a brushstroke with the pointer. GIMP allows you to use several different types of brushes, which are described in the Brushes section.

How do I use paint brushes in GIMP?

  1. From the image-menu: Tools → Paint Tools → MyPaint Brush,
  2. The Tool can also be called by clicking the tool icon:
  3. or by clicking on the Y keyboard shortcut.

How do I unlock a layer in GIMP?

Why can’t I paint on GIMP layers?

Check you’ve got the right layer selected

If you’ve got a lower layer selected, the paint will be applied to that instead of the visible top one. GIMP’s right sidebar displays your layers. Select the top layer there if it’s not selected, and then try painting.

How do I convert ABR file to PNG?

  1. Open ABRviewer and select File > Open brush sets.
  2. Choose an ABR file and select Open.
  3. Select Export > Thumbnails.
  4. Choose where you want to save the PNG files and select OK.

How do I rotate a brush in gimp?

Click “Script-Fu” from the main window and then click the “BrushUtil” option. Click “Resize Rotate Brush” to open a new options window.

Is GIMP better than Photoshop?

Both programs have great tools, helping you edit your images properly and efficiently. But the tools in Photoshop are much more powerful than the GIMP equivalents. Both programs use Curves, Levels and Masks, but real pixel manipulation is stronger in Photoshop.

Does GIMP have a virus?

GIMP is free open-source Photo editing software and is not inherently unsafe. It is not a virus or malware. You can download GIMP from a variety of online sources. This is the official website of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).

Where can I download GIMP safely? is the official website of GIMP. You can feel free to download the GIMP photo editor there.

How do you make a brush set?

How to Install Brushes in GIMP (+ Best FREE GIMP Brushes)

GIMP Tutorial: Installing Brushes

How to Download and Install Brushes for Gimp, including Photoshop Brushes

How To Install Brushes For GIMP

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How to create a gradient in gimp

By default, GIMP offers about 60 patterns you can choose from. It is not enough for an art-minded GIMP user. The GIMP compatibility with Photoshop files, including ABR file, allows you to install a Photoshop pattern in GIMP since finding a PAT file (the native GIMP pattern file format) is not easy. If you prefer to create a custom GIMP pattern yourself, that’s great.

In general, there are two ways to create a GIMP pattern. First, you can create from scratch by taking advantage of the tools offered by GIMP. Second, you can take an area of image (by cropping it) you think it’s great to be turned into a pattern.

A pattern itself is technically a small background image. When you apply a pattern on a certain image area, this small image is copied repeatedly to fill the selected area. Thus, there is one key rule you need to know before creating a new pattern. The image dimension you will use as the pattern should be in a square shape (i.e. 500×500).

How to create a new GIMP pattern

Before creating a new GIMP pattern, make sure that you have administrator access on your computer (or root in Linux). It is because of you will add a new file to the patterns folder under the GIMP installation folder.

If you use Windows, you can run GIMP as administrator by right-clicking GIMP on the start menu and select More -> Run as administrator.

How to create a gradient in gimp

If you use Linux, you can type sudo gimp on the terminal to run GIMP as root.

Once GIMP is open, create a new file by going to File -> New (Ctrl+N). Again, make sure to use a square image on your pattern. To create a square image, use the same values on the height and the width then you can click the OK button to start creating your pattern.

How to create a gradient in gimp

If you have a drawing skill, you can use the GIMP tools to create the pattern. If you don’t, you can simply take an image area you think it’s great to be used as a pattern and add it to the pattern you are working on.

Once you are done creating the pattern, go to File -> Export As (Shift+Ctrl+E). On the appearing dialog box, set the file type to GIMP pattern (pat). Give your pattern a name and set the destination folder. If you use Windows, you can set the destination to C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\share\gimp\2.0\patterns\ . If you use Linux, you can set the folder destination to /usr/share/gimp/GIMP version/patterns . Click the Export button.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Now please try to use Bucket Fill Tool and set the Fill Type to pattern and check if the pattern you have just created has been available. If you can find it, try to restart your GIMP.

Unlike Photoshop, GIMP does not have a built-in 3D tool… booo! No worries. In this GIMP text effect tutorial, I’ll show you how to create 3D text and shade it.

You’ll learn how to create 3D text with GIMPs Long Shadow tool, how to dodge & burn for highlights + shadows, how to use the Path tool to precisely control your edits, and more.

If you’re ready to master this text effect… let’s do it!

Table of Contents

Note: the video tutorial was created with beginners in mind.

The following step-by-step instructions are for more experienced users.

Step 1: Create a New Document

How to create a gradient in gimp

Start off by creating a new document (File > New) with the following dimensions; 1920 for the width and 1080 for the height and #333333 for the foreground color.

Also, this is key, set the resolution to 300 ppi (in the Advanced section). Otherwise, your text will look pixelated. Check out the pro tip for more info.

Pro Tip:

Regardless if I’m working on a design project for online use or for print, I’ll always set the resolution to 300ppi. Why?

GIMP, unlike Photoshop, is 100% pixel-based. In Photoshop, the text is vector based and is not prone to pixelization.

Since we don’t have that luxury in GIMP, you can get around this by setting the resolution higher to minimize pixelization (softness).

When the project is done, I’ll then export an updated canvas with a resolution of 72ppi for online use.

Step 2: Add Text and Align

How to create a gradient in gimp

This is the easy part! Grab your Text tool (T) and type out in all caps; PIXELS. Or anything you want.

I’m using a free font called Aero for the font type, the font size is 400, and for the color, I’m using #f7e098. Next, let’s align the text to the middle of the canvas.

Grab your alignment tool (Q) and click on the inside of the layer boundary (yellow dashed outline). It’s not enough to have the text layer selected. We need to activate the layer with the Align tool, so GIMP knows which layer to align.

You’ll know the layer is activated when you see 4 light-colored squares (one in each corner of the boundary). Next, locate and click the following two icons labeled…

    Align center of target Align middle of target

Step 3: Create a 3D Shadow

How to create a gradient in gimp

I have a secret to reveal. GIMP has a 3D-like tool! It’s used mostly for creating long shadows, and it’s known as, well, Long Shadow! Let’s access it to make your 3D text effect.

First, let’s duplicate our text layer so we can work non-destructively. Rename the layer by double-clicking on the layer name and name it; 3D Shadow. Also, for this effect to work, you’ll need to increase the layer boundary size. Otherwise, the shadow will be confined to it.

Layer > Layer to Image Size

To add the 3D effect…

Filters > Light and Shadow > Long Shadow

What color would you like for your long shadow? I’m using the following hexadecimal number, representing my chosen color if you’d like to use the same one; #e9be43.

Next, decide on the angle and length for the shadow. I’ve set mine to 149.61, and the length is 45. Now, move the 3D layer below the original text layer.

Step 4: Add a Gradient To Your Shadow

How to create a gradient in gimp

To assist with the shading, we’re going to add a gradient to the 3D shadow. Grab your Gradient tool (Shift + B), set the foreground color to; #e9be43, and the background color to; #d2911e.

Then, in the Gradient panel (Windows > Dockables > Gradient), choose the FG to BG (HSV clockwise hue) option. Within the Tool Options, make sure you have the “Shape” set to “Linear.”

Next, select each letter of your text. This way, the Gradient is applied only to the letters and not the entire canvas. Right-click on the 3D Shadow layer and select “Alpha to Selection.” Once selected, apply your gradient and deselect.

Step 5: Shading Highlights + Shadows

How to create a gradient in gimp

Although the gradient has provided some highlights and shadows, it’s not perfect. For example, in my design, the top of the letters is brighter vs. the bottom.

Therefore, our minds assume the light is coming from above. That being said, the letters’ base should be even darker since their further from the light.

To fix this, I’ll use my Dodge & Burn tool to darken my text’s specific areas. When “Dodging,” you create a lighter edit, and “Burning” makes it darker. Applying either option is done with a brush.

The only problem is the bottom of the letters has a hard (straight) edge. To control where your edit is applied, you can make a selection, and the edit will be used within it.

For example, the bottom of the letter “P” is a rectangle shape. You can use your Path tool to select this and then apply the Burn tool within.

It’s so much easier to show you vs. writing it out. Check out this part of the video to see how I’ve done the shading.

Action Is Power

Now it’s your turn to complete this project, and I want to see your final design too…

Head on over to our community and post your “3D text effect design.” I’ll answer any of your questions. Also, if you want feedback, add #CC.

Would you like to see how to process this design in Photoshop? If so, check out the Photoshop tutorial and article.

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For whatever reason, flames are neat looking. I’ll leave it to psychologists to explain exactly why that is. All I know is that things on fire usually look cooler than things not on fire. To me, that also includes my wallpaper. As regular readers may know, I like to create my own abstract wallpapers and I’m a fan of the Gimp. Today we’re going to use Gimp to create flame wallpaper for your desktop. This process will work on any system that can run Gimp (Windows, Linux, OSX) without any additional plugins or textures.


You’ll probably want to start with a solid background color. Even if you’re not going to use it in the final product, it helps to have something to contrast the flames. In this example, we’ll be using a black background on a 1440×900 image.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Flame Layer

In the Layers dialog, click the “Add New Layer” button. This can also be done by right-clicking the white space and choosing “New Layer“. When asked for details, enter “flame” for the name and make sure Layer Fill Type is set to Transparency.

How to create a gradient in gimp

You should now have one solid black Background layer and one transparent Flame layer.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Flame Gradient

We’re going to start with a simple gradient to form the base of our flame. From the toolbox window, choose the Gradient Tool. In the options section, look under Gradient for Burning Transparency.

How to create a gradient in gimp

To apply it to the canvas, make sure you’ve got the Flame layer selected and drag the cursor from the top of the canvas to the bottom with the left mouse down. Your canvas should now look something like this.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Optional – Coloring

Normal flames are great and all, but if you want some variety, this is a great spot to try messing with the colors a bit. Gimp has a huge variety of color tools for different purposes, but for a quick and simple change of hue, try the Colorize option from the Colors menu.

How to create a gradient in gimp


Now we’re ready to create the actual flames. For that, open Filters -> Distorts -> IWarp. We’ll be using a few of the options in this tool, but for starters chose the Move tool and set Deform Radius to 30. The preview window on the left is interactive, and dragging your mouse in a zigzag pattern across it will warp the image according to your movements.

How to create a gradient in gimp

You can now reduce the Deform Radius if you wish, and continue dragging across the preview screen to make finer adjustments to the overall shape.

How to create a gradient in gimp

And now to give it a little more spice, we’re going to use a slightly different warp. Instead of the Move option, change the Deform Mode to one of the Swirls (either clockwise or counter clockwise, it makes little difference). Choose a radius you think is appropriate, and drag some swirls across your preview pane to see how it affects the image.

How to create a gradient in gimp

After clicking OK, you should see your flame rendered nicely to your canvas.

How to create a gradient in gimp


If things aren’t exactly the way you want them, the two tools I’d recommend for touchups are the Eraser tool and the Smudge tool. Use the eraser with a fuzzy circle to smoothly remove portions of your image. It sometimes helps to reduce the opacity of the brush to help prevent sharp edges, even with the fuzzy brush. Smudge makes it easy to add and extend your flames. Just drag the mouse across a section of flame much like IWarp’s Move tool.

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In my last post, I mentioned that I installed GIMP to read a Photoshop .psd file. If you’re not familiar with GIMP, it is an extremely high quality free alternative to Photoshop. Using GIMP, I have been able to create several graphical effects with little effort. In this post, I will show you how I created the logos for Lumidant and Moon Rock Media using GIMP.

Moon Rock came to us and wanted a “cliché web 2.0 design”. Basically that means they were asking for gradients, mirrored surfaces, reflections, and shiny or glossy images. To begin the logo, I created a gradient background. Select one color of gray as the foreground and another as the background. Then choose the gradient tool and drag it vertically from the top of the image to the bottom. Play around with this for a little to get a feel for the tool. Once that was completed, I used the text tool to write moon in blue and then rock in pink. I then chose the dodge/burn tool to alternately dodge and burn the pink letters:

Once I was certain the text was how I wanted, I stacked the two text layers to become a single layer, making them easier to work with. To mirror the text, you simply Duplicate Layer and then Flip Vertically. Position it below the original text. Now, under the transparency menu, Add Alpha Channel to the layer. This will allow us to make use of transparency. If the option was grayed out, then your layer already has an alpha channel, so you can just continue to the next step. The final step is to create another gradient effect. We want to use the gradient to hide the portion of the reflection we don’t want to see. I changed the foreground to black. Most importantly, you must click the picture of the gradient you’re creating in the gradient tool options and select “FG to Transparent”. Now drag the gradient tool up vertically over the text. This will hide most of the text with a black gradient:

Since we don’t want the black to show in the final logo, select Color to Alpha and choose black. Now the black will have disappeared leaving you with a finished reflection effect:

In the Lumidant logo on the Lumidant homepage, the lighthouse searchlight or spotlight was also created using gradient effects. To create a spotlight, first create a new layer. This is important because we will duplicate the layer later and only want the spotlight itself duplicated. Draw the outline of the light you’d like to create by using the paths tool. I created the light by drawing a long triangle. After you have drawn the third point and would like to connect back to the first, hold Ctrl and click on the first point. This will close the shape. Then hold Ctrl, click on the short side of the triangle, and drag it outwards. This will round the end of the light. Turn the shape into a selection by clicking “Selection from Path”:

Now, we get to use the gradient tool again. Having created the spotlight-shaped selection, we can draw inside the selection and nothing outside of it will be affected. Select white and “FG to Transparent”. Drag the gradient tool from the point of the triangle to the end of the rounded section. Now Duplicate Layer. Add a 4px Gaussian Blur filter to one of the layers. In the “Layers, Channels, Paths, Undo” menu bar (referred to as a dialog by GIMP), select the layer that you blurred and move the opacity down to 80. Now choose the original spotlight layer and move the opacity down to 20. Hooray! You’ve just created an awesome looking spotlight.

Thanks everybody. Combining everybody’s suggestions here with a bunch of experiments got me the result I wanted. Rich2005’s advice nearly got me there but I couldn’t persuade the “sort palette” tool to do its job correctly. Anyway, I’ve documented the process this time, so I’ve added my notes below.

And to illustrate the result:

This image is a NASA solar flare photograph that had to have been colourized with a gradient map because these are captured at one wavelength — but it’s a good choice of colours (warning: 4096×4096 pix):

This NASA sunspot image is coloured blue for some reason:

So using the first as a reference, I colorized the second to give:

Create gradient map from reference image for colourizing other images

( The reference image should be a greycale image that had itself been
colourized by somebody with a gradient map, so this process is
intended to recreate the gradient map that had been used.)

Load reference image into Gimp.
file -> new -> 1024×64 (new image needs to be this wide for some reason)
view -> snap to canvas edges
foreground colour: black, background colour:white
blend tool -> shape: linear, no dithering, colour: FG to BG (RGB)
drag mouse from bottom left to bottom right of new image
(that gives greyscale gradient from back to white across the image)
colours -> map -> sample colourize:
sample: reference image, destination: greyscale gradient image
get samples, apply
colours -> info -> colourcube analysis
(that shows 265 unique colours, which is the correct number already)
image -> mode -> indexed: optimum palette, 256 colours
windows -> dockable dialogue -> palette
(this dialogue already shows the palette of the indexed-image at the top)
palettes -> right-click “colourmap of image #2” -> palette to gradient
windows -> dockable dialogues -> gradients
gradients -> double-click “colourmap of image #2 -> rename it -> enter

(Done. It’s saved as the file

/.gimp-2.8/gradients/thename.ggr and
can now be used to colourize other images.)

Load image to be colourized into Gimp
gradients dialogue -> select required gradient map
colours -> map -> gradient map.

The color of gold. What a precious sight. Wouldn’t you agree?

In this GIMP tutorial, I’ll show you how to turn anything into gold! Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn how to do;

    How to remove a background How to use layer masks How to convert an object into gold The Key to turning objects into gold How to create a gradient stroke on text . and more

Table of Contents

Step 1: Create a New Document & Add The Provided Image

How to create a gradient in gimp

For this photo project, I’ll use the following dimensions; 1920 for the width and 1080 for the height. Let’s set the canvas color (foreground) to black.

Here’s the image we’ll be using. Once downloaded, drag and drop over the GIMP interface. After releasing your mouse button, the image will be added as a new layer.

Double click on the layer name to rename it to; “Original.” Next, duplicate the layer and rename it “Car.” Turn off the visibility for the Original layer.

Next, re-size the image to around 1200 px wide using the Scale tool (Shift + S). Instead of typing in width via the Scale window, hold down your Ctrl key, click and drag in. This will allow you to re-size the image from the center.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Step 2: Remove the Background

How to create a gradient in gimp

Removing a background in GIMP is easy with the right tools. The first thing you have to do is make a selection of the background. But the question is which selection tool; Foreground Select tool, Fuzzy Select tool, Free Select tool, or something else?

Actually, any one of these is perfect for the initial selection. However, you may need a second tool to refine the selection.

Let’s start off by selecting the car with the Free Select tool (F). Draw around the car and try to get as close to the edge as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect since we’ll use another tool to refine the selection.

Once you’ve made it back to the starting point and release your mouse button, the selection will be revealed. Now, turn on Quick Mask Mode (Shift + Q). This adds a red overlay on the outside of your selection. So, anything without the red overlay is part of your selection.

To add or remove from the selection, you’ll use a brush. Grab your Brush tool (P) and set your foreground color to black and apply the brush. Black removes from the selection, and white adds to the selection. Remember that anything in red is not part of the selection.

Adjust your selection as needed and press Shift + Q to de-activate Quick Mask Mode. Then, add a Layer Mask (white), Invert (Ctrl + I) the selection, and hit your Delete or Backspace key.

Then, Deselect with Shift + Ctrl or Command + A. Finally, duplicate the layer, right-click on it and select “Apply Layer Mask.”

Video: Create a Simple Sunset Scene In GIMP.

Watch the video for detailed instructions and use the written steps for quick reference. If you enjoyed this video, I highly encourage you to subscribe to my Youtube channel – PhotoEffect.

1. Open Image in GIMP.

The Open Image dialog.

For this GIMP tutorial, I’ll use this image, 298315, downloaded from Pixabay.

Image used in this GIMP tutorial.

The New Layer dialog box.

A new, transparent empty layer, added to the layer stack of the image, just above the active layer.

Click the foreground color box.

Fill the layer with the foreground color.

Change the duplicate layer blend mode to Multiply and adjust its opacity.

Click Save to store the project file.

Once you have finished, you will probably also want to export the image in a more widely used format, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc.

Introduction: How to Make a Cool Icon for Websites With Gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Gimp is an good image editor, and a good alternative to Adobe Photoshop. In this Instructable, I will be showing you how to make a good icon for websites (YouTube, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.)

Step 1: The Basice

In this step, we will be making the image size.

1) Go to File>New
2) Create the image at 250×250 then click Advanced Options. Under Fill With:, use Transparency
3)You will now have a screen similar to the one below (Third Image)

Step 2: The Gray Background

To do this, first make a circle the size of the document. Then go to the gradient tool and select the brushed aluminum gradient. Then make the gradient go from left to right. Please follow the pictures below for more help.

Step 3: The Gradient

***IMPORTANT*** Well, kind of. Be sure to create a new layer so we can revert back if we screw up.

Right click on the aluminum layer and click “Alpha to Selection”. Go to the new layer you created, and go to Select>Shrink. And shrink the selection by 5-10 pixels. Now go to the gradient tool and pick FG to BG. Now set the corresponding colors (First=FG Second=BG) To the colors you like. I picked a black to a red. Do a straight gradient from top to bottom.

Step 4: The Gloss

***IMPORTANT*** Well, kind of. Be sure to create a new layer so we can revert back if we screw up.

First, select the area you would like the glossy area to cover. Now fill this area with white. Go to the layers pallet and make sure the new layer you created is selected (It should have the white “gloss” part) and tone down the opacity to your likings. It’s O.K. if the gloss goes into the background, we will fix this now. Right click on the layer with the gradient that we created and click “Alpha to Selection”. Now go back to the gloss layer. Make sure the color gradient is still selected, even though we are on the gloss layer. MAKING SURE YOU ARE ON THE GLOSS LAYER, go to Select>Invert and hit the delete key. This should get rid of the extra gloss.

Step 5: And Finally, the Text

This couldn’t get any simpler. If your layers are in my order, they should be, and if not you did something wrong. Click on the colored gradient, which should be UNDER the “gloss” layer. Select the text tool. Put your text wherever you please, and it will be under the gloss layer, giving some (or all) of the text lighter.

Step 6: The Final Result

If you have done everything correctly, it should look a little like this!!

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In Windows XP

Install GIMP brushes

GIMP Brushes and gradients are installed similarly – extract and drop the brushes into C:\Document and Settings\ \.gimp- \brushes\ and gradients into C:\Document and Settings\ \.gimp- \gradients\

Installing GIMP plugins

Plugins are bits of code that work with GIMP to add to the functionality. They may offer several exciting ways to extend the utility of the program. Plugins can be saved by unzipping the downloaded folder (if it is in a .zip format), and placing them in C:\Document and Settings\ \.gimp- \plug-ins\ . Restart GIMP, and the plugin will be activated.

Installing scripts in GIMP

Some of the plugins are actually scripts, ending with a .scm extension. In such cases, drop them to C:\Document and Settings\ \.gimp- \scripts\ instead.

In Windows Vista

If you use Windows Vista, you might have to go to your profile folder (the folder under which your documents, pictures etc. are located) to find your brushes, scripts etc.

In Mac OS X

Brushes can be installed by dropping them (.gbr files) into the brush search path that is specified in GIMP’s preferences. If you have not tweaked anything, this is usually

where x.y denotes the version number of GIMP you are using (version number is visible in the GIMP startup splash page). Note that you should replace ‘username’ with your short username (not the full name).

Install GIMP brushes in Linux

Go to your Home folder. You have to make hidden files/folders visible, so hit Ctrl+H. Go to the directory named .gimp-2.x (where 2.x is version number of GIMP you are using). Within that folder, there are subfolders, one of which is brushes. Drop your brushes to that folder.

Do Photoshop brushes work in GIMP?

GIMP is open-source, and is hence flexible in application. Many of the Photoshop plugins and brushes work with GIMP, and it is a matter of trial-and-error. Note that using Photoshop brushes in GIMP requires GIMP 2.4 or above.

GIMP tutorial: Striped background

How to create a gradient in gimp

This tutorial will show you how to create quickly some stripes to add to an image (for example, the image on the right here with some thin diagonal stripes)

Most tutorials depends on the use of a pattern with stripes, but here we will use gradients.
The gradient method allows to create quickly stripes of any size and any angle.

The drawback is that, even if you could use this for an illustration, it won’t work as a tileable pattern (for a webpage for example). If you don’t plan to do a webpage, it’s ok 😉

Let’s start with a quick example:
1) Create a new image (the size doesn’t really matter, choose 800*600px or whatever you like, it’s just an example).
2) Select any gradient you wish (even the default FG to BG).
3) Select the gradient tool. In the tool options, set “Repeat” to “Sawtooth” like show here:

How to create a gradient in gimp

4) Now use the gradient tool to draw a short gradient on your image, like shown below. The angle of the “stroke” will give the angle of the stripes (x90°) and the lenght of the stroke will give the width of the stripes.

How to create a gradient in gimp

5) On the left image, you can see that there’s some ugly pixelation effect. Thick the “Adaptative supersampling” box in the tool options, and then you should have a much smoother result, as shown on the right image:

How to create a gradient in gimpHow to create a gradient in gimp

Anyway, that still not very nice looking, right? But these are some stripes, at least :p. We just have to use a better gradient to create something like this for example: ( please forgive the ugly jpeg artifacts – it looks like this blog host likes to re-save images with an awful compression :/ )

How to create a gradient in gimp

6) Now you can either download this set of ready-to-use gradients (uncompress it and put the .ggr files inside your

/.gimp-2.*/gradients/ directory ) or create your own gradients (read below, 7 ).

The gradients from the set use the Foreground and Background colors, so no need to edit them to change the colors (but you can edit them to change the width of some stripes). Here are some small examples with various FG/BG colors (and also different “shape” settings: linear, radial and spiral) ( yarrrgh, the ugly compression strikes again )

7) To create your own gradients to make stripes, you may want to look at this page :

An example setup:

Use the “Make new gradient” button on the bottom of the gradient list dialog(Ctrl+G), it will open the gradient editor. The default gradient is a black to white one.
Right click on it and choose “Split segment at Midpoint“.
Then click on the left part of the bottom bar (where there’s the triangles) so the left segment is selected. Right-click and select “Left Color Type > Foreground Color“. Do the same for the “Right Color Type“.
Then select the right segment (click on the right of the bottom bar), and do the same for the Left and Right Color Type, but with Background Color, this time.
You can then move the bottom triangles to change the width of the left and right segments.

Now you have a simple 2-colors gradient that can be tweaked to get various effects. For the image at the top of the tutorial, I just added some black and whites stripes on a new layer, and set it to “overlay”, so the colorful base image was visible.

These gradients can be used both in GIMP
and Inkscape.

Two methods exist for importing gradient files into an already open Inkscape document. The first is to use your window manager to drag a file and drop it onto an open Inkscape window. The second is to use the File → Import. (Ctrl+I) dialog.

Imported Gradients will appear in the Inkscape
Gradients menu under Fill and stroke Shift – Ctrl – F

To Use these Gradients in GIMP you have to
copy the .ggr Gradient Files to your local GIMP
Gradient directory.

/your user directory/gimp_version/gradients

Alternatively you can place them anywhere you
want and point to those folders in program

Ready Gradients can be used with Blend Tool (L)
to fill the selected area with the gradient of
choice.Gimp has a powerfull Blend Tool with lots
of options.

Another use for gradients is to use them while
painting. Pencil, Paintbrush and Airbrush tools
have options to use color from grandient instead
of foreground color.

If you use a pressure sensitive tablet pen there
is a choice to use a color from gradient under
pressure sensitivity dialog.

Any B&W image can be remapped to a gradient under
Color menu.

You can import a new palette from any gradient.

Those gradients who start with Atmospheric
attempt to make Common Atmospheric Effects
done in 3D programs in GIMP at ease of
drawing a Gradient from bottom of image to top
with Blend Tool.

There are many Basic Gradient possibilities
that done for a quick visual reference and
easy of use. Their names start with Basic.
These are playings with pure form of primary
and secondary colors along with white and

There are also a few modifications of original
Gimp Gradients like neons in new colors, and a
few unclassified new gradients that neither fit
in atmospheric nor basic.

There are several tutorials around about GIMP’s quickmask feature, but none of them tell you how to do what I always want to do: make an image fade to transparent around the edges, e.g. for putting it on a web page. With the help of some folks on #gimp, I now know how to do this, and want to share it with the world.

I first made this tutorial drawing gradients on each edge of the image. Immediately someone on #gimp suggested a better way, and later I thought of a still quicker way. So I’ll offer a couple of different approaches.

Here’s a different tutorial showing how to do the same thing using a layer mask.

Method 1 (fastest): quickmask with a fuzzy rectangular selection.

Step 1: Get your image. How to create a gradient in gimp
Step 2: Make the quickmask.
Click on the quickmask button — the button at the lower left of the GIMP window with the red rectangle on it. You want a quickmask over the whole image.
The quickmask appears as a reddish transparent layer.
How to create a gradient in gimp
Step 3: Make a fuzzy rectangle selection.
In the Rectangle Selection Tool Options dialog, check Feather and select your desired radius.
Then make your rectangular selection.
Step 4: Invert the selection.

Method 2: painting gradients on the quickmask.

This method is harder and more time consuming (don’t be fooled by the fact that it has fewer numbered steps: Steps 4 and 6 can take a while to get right). But if you need a lot more fuzz than you get with featured selection and Blur, or if you need more control in order to get specific effects (angular fades, different fades on different sides, nonlinear fades, etc.) then Method 2 might be just the ticket.

Before we get started, let’s take a look at the image we’ll be creating.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Create a new document in Gimp, I used 800×600 pixels. Then fill the background layer with black.Create a new layer and named it as circle 1. After that select the layer and using the Ellipse Select tool, create a circle in the middle of the canvas.

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Now set a radial gradient for the circle. Select blend tool and choose white color as our foreground. At blend tool option choose FG to transparent gradient. Tick the reverse box. Set the offset to 40 and Radial for the shape.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Now apply the gradient.

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

After that duplicate the layer two time and i named it as layer circle 2 and cirle 3.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Now we will start to playing with the circle. Select layer circle 3. Move a bit to the top and to the left.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Duplicate layer circle 3 and arrange it like this. Don’t forget to rename this layer as layer circle 4.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Repeat the previous step,duplicate it and named it as layer circle 5. This time move it to top right.

How to create a gradient in gimp

We have 5 layer circle and set all the layer to Screen mod.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Okay, the next step is duplicate layer circle 5,i will named it as layer circle 6. Move it to to the top and to the left.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Then change the layer mode to Overlay.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Now duplicate the layer circle 6 two times and move it to the right.

How to create a gradient in gimp

So now we have 8 layer circle. Create a new layer and named it as gradient.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Select Blend tool. Use Deep Blue Gradient , 100 for the opacity and Linear for the shape.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Apply our blend tool to the gradient layer.

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Then change the layer mode to Overlay.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Next duplicate the gradient layer.Drop the layer opacity down to 60%

How to create a gradient in gimp

Now create another gradient layer and named it as reverse gradient because i will reverse the gradient color.

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Change the layer mode to Overlay. You will see nice color there..

How to create a gradient in gimp

We will add some light to the circle. Create a new layer and named it as light.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Using the Ellipse tool draw a small white circles.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur. For this first layer use 60 pixels for the Horizontal and 60 pixels for the Vertical. Click OK.

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Duplicate it and place them in the parts where are the lights. Change the layer mode to Soft Light.

How to create a gradient in gimp

Final Result

If you want to add more light effect just duplicate the light layer. If you want to create a version with different colors just play with the gradient color..It’s just a simple and nice tecnique and i hope you enjoy this tutorial..cheers! 😀

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to use GIMP to create a dual lighting effect where it appears as if the subject has colored lights shining on them. The colors I’ll be using in this demonstration are pink and blue.

The following is just a brief overview of the steps taken to achieve this effect. For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the tutorial video at the top of the page.

Dual Lighting Effect with GIMP

For this tutorial I’ll be using the following example photo…

The first step is to create a duplicate of the layer and remove the saturation so that it is complete grayscale.

Next, we’ll add a new blank layer on top and fill it with pink. For this demonstration I used HEX #ff5bba but any shade of pink should work.

Now set the blend mode of the pink layer to Overlay, then create a new layer from visible. By now it should look something like this…

Now we just have to repeat the same process, only using blue instead. I used HEX #039be5.

By now you should have one pink layer and one blue layer positioned on top of each other. The order doesn’t matter.

Now it’s time to blend the two layers together. To do that, we’ll be adding a layer mask and applying a gradient of black and white to reveal one half of the layer over the other.

This should result in one side being pink and the other side being blue.

All we have to do now is make some adjustments to the color curves to make the final image look more refined and uniform. Refer to the video tutorial to see the exact adjustments to make.

And that should do it for today’s tutorial. That is how you can create a dual lighting effect with GIMP. If you have any questions just leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!

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How do I create a split-tone effect in GIMP?

Here is an example of the effect I am looking for.

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

2 Answers 2

The effect is not a single color, but a gradient map, where everything between black and white is replaced with a transition between two colors. To create this effect in GIMP, you would first set the active foreground and background colors to the colors that you want to map to black and white, respectively:

How to create a gradient in gimp

The source image should have good contrast for best results:

How to create a gradient in gimp

Make sure that the the active gradient is set to “FG to BG (RGB)”, which is the default, then from the “Colors” menu, select “Map>Gradient Map”:

How to create a gradient in gimp

One way I often achieve a similar look in Gimp is the following:

  • Convert your source shot to black and white,
  • Duplicate the Layer, so you have to similar b/w layers, I will call them “light” (top layer) and “dark”.
  • Add a layer mask to the “light” layer (right click layer->’Add Layer Mask’) and choose ‘Grayscale copy of layer’.
  • Select your “light” layer (not its layer mask!), go to ‘Colors’ -> ‘Colorize’, choose the hue for the lighter areas of the picture. I tried to mimic the middle one of your example, so I chose a hue value of 5. In this case, set Saturation to its maximum Value. I also had to reduce Lightness by 20.
  • Select the “dark” layer, again select ‘Colors’ -> ‘Colorize’, choose the hue for the darker areas. Normally you get a good effekt by choosing a hue that is roughly the opposite color (add or substract 180 degree to the light hue). Again to mimic your example I chose hue 266. Saturation to the max, Lightness -20.
  • To tweak the shift between light and dark and also the color contrast, you can now play with the layer mask of “light”. For that I suggest using the ‘Levels’ tool in the ‘Colors’ menu. I increased the contrast of the layer mask by changing the lower Input level to 80 and the upper one to 180. The middle value can be used to get the right dark/light transition.

How to create a gradient in gimp

GIMP (stands from GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open source image and photo editing tool. In short, GIMP is the free and open-source alternative to Photoshop, available for almost all operating systems (Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X).

Image blending is a common task. It can be applied with many ways. Here is a simple example.

According to this UN report, more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets. I want to write an article about this report and I will blend two images to use the result as the article image.

Source images

I will use two public domain images. The first one shows men silhouettes using mobile phone photos:

How to create a gradient in gimp

Second image shows a ground toilete in Botswana:

How to create a gradient in gimp

Open images

From the Menu, select: File → Open as Layers…

How to create a gradient in gimp

Use CTRL + CLICK to select the images. The result is

How to create a gradient in gimp

Resize canvas and arrange images

From the Menu, select: Image → Canvas Size…

How to create a gradient in gimp

Using the Move Tool from the Toolbox window

How to create a gradient in gimp

Place second image to the right side of canvas

How to create a gradient in gimp

Add Layer Mask

From the Layers window, select the second image and Add Layer Mask

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Blend images

From the Toolbox window, select the Blend Tool

How to create a gradient in gimp

Click and drag the Blend Tool in the images overlap

How to create a gradient in gimp

How to create a gradient in gimp

Blending result

This is the finally blending result:

How to create a gradient in gimp Blend Images with GIMP

Experimenting with different parameters can give even better results.

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GIMP’s robust suite of tools and features allow you to manipulate your images in many different ways. One of the ways in which you can edit your photos is by isolating a single color — or a spectrum of similar colors — and deleting it to transparency. In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how to do just that as we use the Color to Alpha feature to make a color transparent in GIMP.

There’s actually several ways in which you can make a color transparent in GIMP. One way you can do so is by using the Select By Color tool, which you can use to click on a single color. When clicked, every other pixel of your image that has a similar color will be selected at once, and from there you can simply press Delete on your keyboard to make it transparent.

A more advanced method, though, would be the Color to Alpha feature, which we’ll be focusing on in this tutorial. This method is preferred because it gives you more granular control over the threshold of your transparent and opaque areas. Let’s dive in.

Make A Color Transparent In GIMP

The following video tutorial will walk you through the process of using GIMP to select a single color and replace it with transparency:

Table of Contents

Step 1: Open the Color to Alpha menu

To make a color transparent in GIMP we’ll be using the Color to Alpha feature.

This tool allows you to move a single color within an image — or a range of similar colors — to the alpha channel, which will result in transparency.

To access this menu, navigate to Colors > Color to Alpha. The following menu should populate:

Once opened, you should notice that a large portion of the image on your canvas becomes partially transparent: Your image may look something like this when you first open the Color to Alpha menu.

The reason why this happens is because by default, the Color field in the Color to Alpha menu is white (as indicated by the white stripe in the menu.) This means that the white portion of all of the colors in your image are reduced to transparency based on a scale of how much white the color contains. Lighter areas become more transparent, whereas darker areas remain more opaque.

Step 2: Pick the color that you’d like to make transparent

To pick the color that you’d like to make transparent in GIMP, click on the dropper icon in the Color to Alpha menu labelled “pick color from the image” when you hover your cursor over it. It’s the first item at the top of the list, located next to the white stripe: The dropper icon to select is highlighted in red.

With the dropper selected, click on the area of your image that contains the color you’d like to make transparent. Alternatively, you can also click on the white stripe to manually input a color code if you prefer to do it that way.

For this example image I will be making the shirt color transparent, so I clicked on the area of the image where the shirt is.

Step 3: Set the farthest full-transparency color

Seeing as how nuanced the color composition of images can be, chances are you don’t just want to make a single color transparent. Ideally, you’d want to make all similar colors transparent as well.

For example, the color of the shirt in my image is white, but there’s many different grayscale shades that need to be made transparent as well, otherwise the shirt wont be entirely transparent. This is where the Color to Alpha tool begins to shine.

Within the menu, select the middle dropper icon labelled “pick the farthest full-transparency color” when you hover your cursor over it:

Use this tool to select the brightest area of your image that contains the color that you’d like to make transparent. For my example, I’ll be clicking on the whitest area:

You should notice that your selection is beginning to appear more accurate in the preview window.

Step 4: Set the nearest full-opacity color

Now that you’ve told GIMP which pixels should be entirely transparent, it’s time to tell it which pixels should remain fully opaque.

To do so, click on the last dropper icon at the bottom of the list, labelled “pick nearest full-opacity color” when you hover your cursor over it:

Click on an area of the image that contains colors that you’d like to remain fully opaque.

Seeing as how your image will most likely have lots of different colors you’d like to remain opaque, you may have to select several different colors to see what gets the best result. You can also click and drag over your image to see how each of these colors react in real time.

Step 5: Adjust the opacity and transparency threshold as needed

At this point we are nearly finished. However, as you can see in my example image, there is still some discoloration in the shirt, meaning there are white pixels that still need to be selected. This is where the threshold sliders come into play.

Within the Color to Alpha menu you will see two adjustment sliders:

  1. Transparency threshold: this controls the intensity of the transparent areas. Increasing it will grab more colors from the spectrum and make them transparent. Decreasing it will have the opposite effect.
  2. Opacity threshold: this control the intensity of the opaque area. Increasing it will make more colors in the selected spectrum more opaque. Decreasing it will have the opposite effect.

Adjust each of these sliders to tweak your selection. The values you should use will differ for each image. There’s no real formula for doing this, so just eyeball it and adjust these sliders until you get your desired result: As you can see, I was able to use the Color to Alpha feature to make a color transparent in GIMP.

Once you are happy with the adjustments, simply click the OK button to apply your changes and make your chosen color transparent!


Unfortunately, there’s no perfect way to make a color transparent in GIMP. Regardless of the chosen technique, you are most likely going to end up with imperfections, as is the case with my example image. This feature probably won’t be the entire solution for you, but it can do most of the heavy lifting.

Once you have eliminated the base of the colors you’d like to make transparent, you can go through with the Eraser tool and erase out any outstanding pixels that may have slipped through the cracks. You can also go back and color in any pixels that you wanted to remain opaque, but may have been made transparent.

If you have any questions or need clarification for any the steps taken in this tutorial, simply leave a comment below.

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