Beginning Photo Retouching and Restoration Using GIMP by Phillip Whitt

By Phillip Whitt

Starting photograph Retouching & recovery utilizing GIMP teaches the reader tips to in attaining expert effects utilizing this excessive finish picture editor. you are going to methods to do every little thing from making boring photographs "pop" to resurrecting badly broken pictures deemed past any desire of rescue. there is not any have to shell out reliable cash month after month for the "big name" software program package deal. GIMP 2.8 is a world-class photograph editor that wields virtually as a lot energy, and is totally unfastened! studying the paintings of picture retouching and recovery is enjoyable and lucrative. Reclaim these valuable photos from the ravages of time and overlook, and move them directly to destiny generations. starting picture Retouching & recovery utilizing GIMP gives you a wide range of enhancing routines that will help you increase a excessive measure of skillability.

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Make a copy of the original image layer to edit. In the following example (Figure 1-16), I duplicated the original layer and named it Edit Layer (you can name it however it best suits you), then desaturated it, to remove the color. The original background layer is still intact. By adding a layer mask, I was able to paint some of the color back in for a selective colorized effect. Layer masks allow you to add or remove data on a layer in a nondestructive way. Figure 1-16. The work is done on a copy of the background layer You might end up having 10, 15, or more layers in your restoration projects, depending on the degree of work involved.

If you have a project with many layers, it will make it much easier to find a particular layer, should you need to edit it. 8 and are very helpful for organizing large numbers of layers. Layers within a layer group can be toggled on when you have to locate a particular one and then toggled off to hide the layers within that group. This will help make your work go smoother when you work with complex images composed of a large number of layers (Figure 1-17). I named the layer group Tonal Adjustment Layer Group.

To create a Sample Point, Control + Click on one of the rulers in the image window, and drag with the mouse. Two perpendicular guides will appear. When you release the mouse button, the Sample Point will be placed where the two guides intersect (Figure 3-8). Figure 3-8. Creating a Sample Point The Brightness-Contrast Dialog This is the first tonal correction method that many beginners use. The Brightness-Contrast dialog (Figure 3-9) has two sliders: one for brightness and one for contrast. The adjustments are broad, with little ability to fine-tune, so this method of contrast adjustment has limits.

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