GIMP Tutorial - Coloring Vintage Photos!

Vintage photos are pretty cool things to play with, and they are all in the public domain so you can use them!

I got my photo from here – go here to see the before as well 🙂

So I said this was a tutorial but the only tools I used were the free select and the Hue/Saturation tool. It really depends on the photo for what levels you use inside the Hue tool. Lets just say this one takes a lot of patience.

Basically, use the free select to grab the parts you’d like to color. I found it was easiest to grab them then put them in a new layer. That way if you want to go back later and tweak the colors you dont need to reselect everything all over again (my god, can you imagine?)

Once you’ve selected your piece, go to Colors > Hue/Saturation. From there just try and play with the slider until you get something you like. I wrote down the numbers for a specific color (skin, dress, hair, etc.) in Notepad so that I had consistency across the photo.

There are probably less time consuming ways of doing this, but I definitely improved my free select skills. I plan on making a zombie portrait out of one of these photos for my next tutorial 😉


GIMP Tutorial – Coloring Vintage Photos!


Kicking off headless - A simple engraving tutorial

Hello headless! I am starting off the year with a tutorial on faking a wood engraving! Please try and contain your excitement.

This is a very simple tutorial. I got the wood from Deviantart here:

Deviantart has excellent stock images, just make sure you check the creative commons license (or the creator’s comments on the image)

I am presenting at a conference next month and wanted a background for my Prezi. I thought a simple woodgrain with a touch of UMW would work nicely, so here’s how to do it yourself with any image or text. This would also work on any background 🙂

1. Begin with your background, then create a new layer.
2. Paste the content you would like engraved into the new layer.
3. Right click on the new layer, then select Transparency > Alpha to Selection
4. Make sure your background layer is the active layer, then go to Filters > Map > Bump Map
5. Your settings should look like the following:


Deselect, and then you’re done! Hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to play with some of the filters in GIMP

Kicking off headless – A simple engraving tutorial