How to Make Avatar Ears in GIMP

Written by matt scheer
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The free graphics program GIMP can help you make Avatar ears like the ones from the film in less than ten minutes. Although some knowledge of GIMP is helpful, most beginners with the program can make these ears from a photo or stock image of an ear without too much trouble. The result can be used as a promotional tool, to play a joke on someone, or as your own web avatar.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • GIMP

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  1. 1

    Open your stock portrait with ears or your image of an ear in GIMP.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Free Select" tool in the tool dialogue box. Click around the ear until the ear is selected.

  3. 3

    Cut the ear from the layer it is currently on by clicking "Edit" in the menu bar and clicking "Cut." Create a new Layer by selecting the "New Layer" icon in the layers dialogue box. Paste the ear onto this layer.

  4. 4

    Click the "Colors" button from the menu at the top of the screen. Click "Colorize" from the drop down menu that appeared.

  5. 5

    Change the "Hue," "Saturation," and "Lightness" bars until the ear takes on a blue tone that you like. Press "OK"

  6. 6

    Create a new layer.

  7. 7

    Select a deep blue from the colours pallet and load it in the brush. Colour over the ear on the new layer you just made.

  8. 8

    Change the Layer Mode from "Normal" to "Overlay." This adds the rich blue you just added to the top layer to the layer below it--the ear. The ear should now have a rich, soft blue tone.

  9. 9

    Click the "Edit" button. Select "Skew" to skew the shape of the blue ear. Drag the handlebar box on the selection around the ear until the ear looks pointed. Press "Enter." The ear should now be blue and pointy--an Avatar ear.

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