Playing with GIMP (still)

I have played with the vintage photo look quite a bit this week. My next piccy intrest though is cartooning piccys. I managed to take / make the following picture of Marie Zefferelli at the Blue Moon Bordello in Second Life.

Done by the following basic steps.

Colour –> Desturate

This makes the picture black and white, to me it looks more cartoonish when finished.

Filter –> Lights –> Add light of choice

Changes depending on what your screenies off and its surroundings. It adds a dash of colour to the pic though, makes it look a bit Sin City’ish.

Filter –> Artistic –> Cartoon

I set both sliders to max to get the maximum coverage of black and basic cartoon look. Adjust according to your needs, undo is your freind. 🙂

I also added fog to the picture (another filter) to give it some more… I dunno… Arty feels…. ^^ Afraid i dont have an artistic bone in my body so my stuff realy does look like asic chaff.

Thats more or less it. You may need to hand fill in some black and white as it can often come out to much one way or the other.


Playing with Gimp 2 – Vintage photos from Second Life

Leelou *The Elegance* Morigi

Ive been playing with gimp trying to make old photos this last few days and have been having some fun success. All pictures were taken in Second Life so of course start out full colour 3D like.

I would take the photo, Cut the bit that i wanted out and put it on a new canvas. Because most of the cuts were not exact sizes, i would start with a large canvas, paste in to the middle of it, then go Image –> Autocrop Image.

Once i had a nice neat piccy i would add a lens flare via Filters –> Light and Shadow –> Lens Flare. A bit of good placement of a flare makes a nice difference to the end result.

I then simply use 2 other filters, all options on both. Filters –> Artistic –> Apply Canvas, followed by Filters –> Decor –> Old Photo.

The end result is what you see above and below. The last picture being an original of the top picture of course. ^^

Flicker *The Rabbit* Amiot

Abriel *The Twisted* Ashbourne 2

Paola *The Wolf Lover* Paulino

Mags *the Lady* Indigo

Original naff of Mages *the lady* Indigo

GIMP’s Cartoon Effects

Ive been playing with some of the effects in GIMP this last week, trying to get good at ‘arty stuff’. I didnt produce much other than naff badly edited piccys. However, 2 piccys that came out looking good were just slight filters using the cartoon effect.

I took some pictures of myself in Second Life. I am a winged puppy in game. I took pictures at a number of places untill i found myself in the wandering spirits sim, near a gallery (Neat Tricks owned by Kali Meads). I walked out of the gallery and stumbled into Urbania. A rough old joint at the best of times.

The area had a real mood to it so i wanted to take some pictures of myself there and make them look… Well gloomy… I guess… ^^

To get the effect you load up your picture into GIMP. Click Filter at the top. Select Artistic from the drop down, followed by Cartoon. It adds dark / black marks to shadow areas and lines everything with a black pencil line. It does what it says on the tin, makes things cartoony.

Below are my 2 fave pictures of the night. These are not massively artistic by any means, but i like them ^^ Playing with GIMP is fun ^^



Now to play with the dozens of other effects ^^

Filter –> Artistic –> Cartoon

Art resources

My partner is an artist. Shes very good you know! She makes jewelry in real life, sculpting beads from clays and stuff.

Anywhos, was the first page i made for this site, and ive had a look for guides to art packages on Linux. The main programs ive looked for is Gimp, Inkscape, and Blender. All applications on linux, all downloadable from the application directorys in the ‘good application directory’ post on this site ^^


Gimp is a free image editing package. Its available for Linux and Windows.
Deviant Art Tutorials
Tutorialized Tutorials
Abduzeedo Gimp Galaxy


Inkscape is a free drawing tool, feels similar to Corel Draw.

Inkscape Docs
Free PDF Guide
Inkscape Video Guides
More Video Tutorials (scroll to bottom)


Blender is a 3D modelling program. Havent used it myself but heard some say they prefer it to Maya.

Blenders Main Tutorials
Tutorialized Tutorials
Blender Nation
Ibiblios Tutorials

Misc Art Stuff

A sample texture site (seriously recomended viewing regardless of your art software!)

Hope somebody out there finds these links useful ^^

Linux Photography Apps

This page is for photography software. This page is organized into three parts. The first, is a list of programs for managing photos. From getting them off the camera to filing them away. The secound part is for links to photo editing software. The third part, will be links to guides on photography and photo editing.

Photo Management

Cheese (Gnome photo management)
DigiKam (KDE photo management)
Gthumb Image Viewer
F-Spot Image Viewer

Photo Editing

Lightzone (Non free!)

Photography Guides

Jcornuz (great linux photography guide/blog!)

I hope someone out there finds this page usefull. Take care!