How to make a photo grungy in GIMP
This is a very simple method to making photographs grungy, but its also a good technique to have handy in your mind for any post-processing you might do in the future!
1. Hard Light Blend
- Open your photo up in GIMP
- Duplicate Layer
- Set ‘Mode’/ ‘Blend’ to Hard Light (OPTIONAL: make them both Hard Light and move up the Original layer, might be slightly better quality later on!)
- On the duplicated layer, go Filters –> Noise –> HSV Noise
- Use similar settings as shown, you can decide how much noise is appropriate for your photo
- Might take awhile to process…
- To darken and saturate, go Colours –> Levels
- Move the middle pointer towards the darker pointer, and then move the darker pointer back towards the middle:
- Now add a New Layer, set Mode/Blend to Colour, and ~35% Opacity
- Fill with this colour: bf8d07 (Yellow/Orange)
- Add a New Layer, set Mode/Blend to Soft Light
- Grab the Gradient Tool: Black FG only, Radial
- Stroke from a corner and then inwards into the centre of the layer
- De-saturating the Original Layers could be interesting as well, but I thought the colour was needed here, there isn’t much anyway!
That’s it! This technique works best with already contrasty photographs, however it can still be applied to any photograph with some experimentation of the settings.
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