November 14, 2009

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Softening Effect

In this very simple tutorial I’ll show you how to soften an image in GIMP. This effect is very similar to the effect you might achieve when using a Softening Filter.

Softening Effect - Rose

Softening Effect - Rose

First of all choose a photograph with simplistic details, as a complicated image might not work well for the effect, and then, open your image in GIMP.

    1. Duplicate that image:

      Duplicate

      Duplicate

    2. Now rename that new layer: Blurred

      Layer 'Blurred'

      Layer 'Blurred'

    3. Select the layer Blurred, and go Filters –> Blur –> Gaussian Blur.

      Gaussian Blur

      Gaussian Blur

    4. Adjust the slidersas shown below (may vary for some images):

      Adjust the sliders

      Adjust the sliders

    5. Then move your Blurred Layer to the bottom:

      Blurred Layer to the bottom:

      Blurred Layer to the bottom:

    6. And adjust the Background Layer to 50% Opacity:

      Background Layer to 50% Opacity

      Background Layer to 50% Opacity

    7. And that’s it!
Softening Effect - Rose

Softening Effect - Rose

Please comment below if you have any questions and I’ll answer them ASAP!

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  1. Feb 19 2017

    Dear Peggy,

    Thank you for the comments:)

    Yes, to finish it off, simply Flatten or Merge Visible Layers… together and Save As… or Export As… a .jpg or alike!

    Kind Regards,
    Mike


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  3. Peggy Scroggins
    Feb 13 2017

    Love the way you explain and show it. But complete newbie to gimp. How do I finish it. Flatten it to save it, or save as or what? I’m not sure.


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  5. Dave
    Jan 13 2012

    Thank you so much. Newbie here and have tried to figure it out on other sites to no avail and did it at yours. Wonderful.


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  7. i found that this information is very helpful.


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  9. Richard
    May 24 2010

    Amazed at the results from this simple trick. Thank you for the tutorial.


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  11. Jr
    Mar 24 2010

    Simple but amazing results

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