Archive for Tutorials

How to make your photos look like film

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how I make my digital images look like they were shot on modern 35mm film. I don’t believe in short tutorials and like to give as much context as possible. As such, be warned that there’s quite a lot of text in this one!

Professional Skin Retouching in GIMP

In this tutorial I will show you how to use the ‘Frequency Separation’ method for professional skin retouching in GIMP. GIMP is free to download and use on Windows, Mac & Linux systems, and is a good alternative to Photoshop. Download it here. ~ Let me preface this tutorial by saying that this is not a technique I use in my everyday editing. Fine lines, pores, freckles, skin pigmentation – they are natural, and I do not consider them to be unsightly ‘blemishes’, but rather signs of being human. That said, I am providing this tutorial as there are times […]

Faded Matte Effect in GIMP

Today’s tutorial shows you how to achieve the faded ‘matte effect’ when editing photos using the open-source image editor GIMP. GIMP is free to download and use on Windows, Mac & Linux systems, and is a good alternative to Photoshop. Download it here. ~ The faded, matte look is very popular, and is often used to achieve a vintage, retro or nostalgic feel in photography. Once you understand what’s going on, it’s very easy to add this effect to your own editing process and to play around with it until you have a look that you’re happy with. This faded, […]

Simple Silhouette Double Exposures in GIMP

A very simple tutorial for creating a simple silhouette or portrait double exposure using the open-source image editor GIMP. GIMP is free to download and use on Windows, Mac & Linux systems, and is a good alternative to Photoshop. Download it here. ~ All you need for the following tutorial is a computer with GIMP installed and two photographs. For the best results, take your silhouette or portrait picture in front of a well-lit white wall. Good backgrounds to play around with might include trees, cityscapes, or textured photos of water or brickwork. For this example I have used a […]