GIMP, The GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free graphics editor in the public domain. Similar to Adobe Photoshop in capabilities, GIMP is a cost-friendly alternative to the industry standard for editing pictures. The free program has a number of tools and effects for adjusting body parts, giving you the skin, colouring and proportions you have always wanted. With practice, practically anyone can use the editor to transform portrait snapshots into masterpieces.
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Things you need
Download GIMP onto your computer, following the installation prompts. Locate the picture you want to edit, right-clicking on the image and selecting "Open With" to open the file in GIMP.
Click on the "Create a Duplicate of the Layer and Add it to the Image" icon on the Layers toolbar to produce a copy of your original picture. This preserves the original to refer to as needed.
Identify what "Toolbox" tools will help you achieve the results you desire. Use the "Airbrush Tool" to even out the skin, minimising the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. Use the "Healing Tool" to eliminate skin irregularities and the "Clone Tool" to copy an existing section of the image and paste it onto another portion. Use the "Dodge Tool" to help you lighten areas you want to be brighter, such as the white of teeth and eyes.
Locate the "IWarp Tool" by clicking on "Filters," "Distorts" and then "IWarp." Use the "Shrink" setting to reduce unwanted areas and the "Grow" setting to increase other areas. Use the "Move" setting to help in editing body parts. Press "OK" when satisfied. Your changes will take effect.
Tips and warnings
- Save your finished project using a picture file extension such as ".png" or ".jpg." You may be interested in saving your file using a workable GIMP extension such as ".xcf" to preserve the various layers of your editing project.
- To save your changes without altering the original image, be sure to save your edited file under a different name than the unaltered picture.
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