November 8, 2009

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Using Gradients for Photos

In this very simple tutorial I’ll show you how to achieve a very similar Neural Density Filter (N.D Filter) effect to your photographs by using gradients in GIMP.

This method is no substitute for the real filter that you put on your lens, but if you’d like to enhance a very flat/bland shot that you’ve already taken, then this is a good start.

Gradient NDF

Gradient NDF

  1. Open the Image in GIMP.

    Getting Started

    Getting Started

  2. Create a New Transparent layer (call it: NDF).

    New Transparent layer

    New Transparent layer

  3. Adjust the layer NDF to Soft Light.

    Soft Light

    Soft Light

  4. Grab the Gradient Tool, with black FG Only.

    Gradient Tool

    Gradient Tool

  5. Apply Gradient like below.

    Apply Gradient

    Apply Gradient

  6. That’s it!

    That's it!

    That's it!

  7. You can hide the NDF layer to see the change made:

    hide the NDF layer to see the change

    hide the NDF layer to see the change

  8. Before and After:

    Before / After

    Before / After

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

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Written by Mike

Michael Scott is the publisher and photographer behind Scott Photographics! He is very passionate about his photography and enjoys sharing the best of his experiences for others to enjoy too! Contact Mike via email!
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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Aug 23 2010

    Great informative tutorials. Nice effort!!!

  2. Michael
    Apr 24 2010

    Thanks for the feedback :)

  3. Kacy
    Apr 24 2010

    I am slowly but surely learning GIMP 2.6 and have looked at multiple “training” sites, videos, etc. This is probably the most clear and understanding training of all! Thanks so much!

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