How to Do Pop Art in "Gimp"

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How to Do Pop Art in "Gimp"
Pop art started in the 1950s. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Pop art is a modern art that appeared in the 1950s as a reaction to Abstract Impressionism. Pop art artists take their subjects from the objects or scenes of ordinary life. Pop art overlay the image with techniques akin to commercial and popular illustration.

You can create pop art with the free graphic editor GIMP by blurring colours over your original photograph. To do this, you need to create layers and blend them when you are finished manipulating them.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Open the free program GIMP. Go to "File," "Import" and choose the photo you want to turn into a pop art. Click "Open." Go to "Windows," "Dockable Dialogs" and choose "Layers" to open the layers dialogue window. Click twice on "Duplicate Layer" to create two other layers, so that your original canvas with your photo on it is called "Layer 1," and the two other layers are called "Layer2" and "Layer 3."

  2. 2

    Go to "Layer 2" and invert and blur the picture. Right-click on the image to select it, go to "Colours" on the top of your drawing board and select "Invert." Right-click on the image, go to "Filters," "Blur" and select "Gaussian Blur." The horizontal and the vertical radius should be " 7.0."

  3. 3

    Go to the "Layers Dialogue" box and click on the pull-down menu. Select "Dodge" to bring about details in the shadows. Press the "Ctrl" and "M" keys together to blend the extra layers and click on "Merge" in the window that pops up.

  4. 4

    Right-click on the picture. Go to "Colours" and select "Threshold." Push the slider to the right until you are satisfied and click "OK."

  5. 5

    Go to the "Layers Dialogue" box. Click on the "New Layer" button. Call your new layer "Matte" and click "OK." Push the slider all the way to the left on top of the image to make the layer transparent. Click on the drop-down menu and set the mode to "Multiply" in the "Layers Dialogue" box. Pick the colour the closest to the part of the photo you want to paint over from the colour palette and paint over the photo on the "Matte" layer. Press the "Ctrl" and "M" keys together when you are done to merge the layers.

  6. 6

    Click on the eye of "Layer 3" to make it visible in the "Layers Dialogue" box. Click on it and drag it on the top of the other layers. Click on the drop-down menu on top of the layers and select "Overlay."

  7. 7

    Right-click on your canvas. Go to "Filter" at the top of your canvas and select "Distorts" and "Newsprint." Set the value to "15" and click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • Click on the eye next to the "Matte" layer. The layer will become invisible and show you exactly where you painted. Click back on the eye when you are done.
  • Click the eyes beside the corresponding layer on the "Layers Dialogue" box to make the two extra layers visible. Close the eye for "layer 1." Set the opacity value to "100" when you save the pop art picture.

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