20 Awesome Photo Manipulation Tutorials For GIMP

There’s nothing better than free open source software that can do a lot of the same things and sometimes more than your professional overpriced software can do. I don’t know, it just feels good and that’s why I love GIMP. The tutorials below are some great examples of GIMP in use and several are Photoshop tutorials converted for GIMP use. Well, minus the $700 you had to pay to do it with Photoshop.

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect in Gimp

You’ll learn how to transform a stock image – into a fireball and explosion scene.

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Adding life into a Flat Photograph

This tutorial was converted from Giackop’s tutorial at psdtuts.com.

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Beautiful Parrot Photo Manipulation in Gimp

This tutorial will describe how to make a colorful photo manipulation using a parrot picture, two flower stock photos and two texture background. You’ll see it’s not that hard to create a simple photo manipulation with effective color and using some texture.

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Gimp Sin City Tutorial

This tutorial has been converted from the original Photoshop tutorial into Gimp. This tutorial is not recommended for beginners.

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Fun with Light

In this GIMP tutorial we will transform this stock bulb photo into a switched on 2watt? light bulb.

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Be A Sketch Artist

Convert a photograph to a pencil sketch.

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Creative Composition

The tutorial is on creating photo-manipulation using an eye stock.

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How To Do Skin Care With Gimp

Gimp can help you to remove wrinkle, acne scars, red rash, blemish, pimple and other annoying skin problem on face in a photo portrait.This is a guide, manual and help for how to retouch skin with Gimp.

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Hot Wallpaper with Flames

In this desktop background tutorial author will show you how to create a hot wallpaper with Angelina Jolie.

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How to Create An Awesome Action Picture

This tutorial is intended for people that have a general idea of layer masks, as layer masks are a big part of this tutorial.

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Make Grunge Vector Style Art

Author will show you how to make vector-grunge based styles that can be used for design in Photoshop in Gimp.

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Creating Liquid Fire

In this tutorial we’ll turn water into fire by creating a wave of water that transforms into a wave of fire. We’ll use some advanced color tools such as Levels and Curves to accomplish this, and we’ll also add some matching text.

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Splattered Vector In GIMP

Author will create a splattered vector and photography mash up based on a Photoshop tutorial by James Davies at PSDTuts. We will be using mainly the paths tool, along with the dodge and burn tools.

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How to Design a Dramatic Winged Dragon with Gimp

Create a fantasy image with the Gimp.

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Graffiti Tutorial

Author going to create some realistic graffiti in the Gimp.

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Infrared / Monochrome Effect

Black/White or Monochrome effects on pictures are evergreens in image manipulation and picture presentation. Also some speak of the so called infrared-effect which is just a special adjustment of the graytones.

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Make Your Photo Look Like a Hollywood Movie

Learn how to make your photographs look like they came straight out of Hollywood by following a couple of simple steps!

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Steampunk Tutorial

Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. This tutorial is based off of a Photoshop tutorial by JamesZilla from psdtuts+.

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Creating Dark Surreal Image

This tutorial is all about creating an dark surreal using some free stock images from Deviant Art and i want to introduce some new trick – combining two great free software, Gimp and IrfanView. The composition is quite simple, but with a little inspiration you can create something really nice.

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Create a Worn Vintage Pop Art Design

Author going to teach you how to create a worn vintage pop art design in Gimp based on a tutorial by Alvaro Guzman at PSDTuts.

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  • John

    Great list dude, you really made the right list. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

  • Flash Moto CMS

    Really awesome collection. Thanks :)

  • Glad you liked it.

  • Andrew

    Designing a winged dragon is repeated. This will make a great read for later, though – thanks!

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  • Oh really sorry for the repeat, fixed. Thanks for your reply. Appreciate it.

  • Mayweather

    Wow I like the images you made using GIMP. I like all those 20 awesome images manipulation tutorials you made. Now i have an idea on how to create one of my own also. Thanks!

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  • I absolutely love the last one!:) While being a German Shepherd owner it makes the best wallpaper ever! thaks for a great tutorial/^_^

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  • itygupta

    dis 1 is really awsum..

  • Pacquiao

    I like all those 20 awesome images manipulation tutorials you made. Now i have an idea on how to create one of my own also.

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    Check out my 70 creative Gimp tutorials

    • SloDive Admin

      Nice collection you got there.

    • Jai

      You got there a very great compilation of tutorials. Like it! Thanks!

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  • David Bieber

    Wow I like the images you made using GIMP. I like all those 20 awesome images manipulation tutorials you made. Now i have an idea on how to create one of my own also. Thanks!

  • Zeke

    Thanks for this How-to.

    • SloDive

      Pleasure buddy.

  • Thanks for sharing! These tutorials are amazing! I never knew it was possible to do things like that with GIMP

  • Say except that I have enjoyed reading This is a good post. This post give truly quality information.I’m definitely going to look into it.Really very useful tips are provided here.thank you so much.Keep up the good works.

  • Brett Widmann

    This has taught me so many new tools and tricks! Thanks for sharing.

  • Awesome collection, thanks! I have been using The GIMP for quite a while now and I am always searching for new tutorials and resourches. I am not a designer but I think that every designer should at least consider to give GIMP a try becouse it is a very powerful program.

  • MisterX

    guys i need help how do i make 2 photos turn to 1 photo ? I followed the parrot tutorial thingy.. and when i click Paste As > New Image , it says “there is no image data on the clipboard to paste” what should i do..?

    • Alex

      Are you hitting the copy key first? After you make your selection you need to hit edit>>>copy and then you can hit paste as>>>new image

      Hope this helps.

      Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexstandiford, I’d be more than happy to help you if you have any more gimp-related questions. You could also check out 6 more good gimp tutorials here:

  • MisterX, what program did u use?
    Write more information about what u r doing and what results do u want to get :)
    P.S. these photos are awesome!

  • Really very useful tips for photo design with easy way to photographs image update look like they came straight out of Hollywood. I love the way you present tips, thanks for sharing quality resource.

  • Very cool awesome pictures but please make more thanks :)

  • Splattered Vector style manipulation is the one I never designed. I need to go through that tutorial. Thanks for the share.

  • Manuel Garcia

    I really love the “Make Your Photo Look Like a Hollywood Movie” ever since. It looks great when you apply it to your images. You’ll look like a star really.

  • Vivek

    Really wow tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Awesome collection, thanks! I have been using The GIMP for quite a while now and I am always searching for new tutorials and resourches.

  • Jai

    A very great list of photo manipulation tutorials here. I will surely check this links one by one later. Thanks for this very useful share!

  • Prabha

    I love to play around with my photos and doing photo manipulations is my all time favorite job. These tutorials helped me a lot to know about many things which i don’t know. Really useful tutorials.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    Splattered Vector In GIMP is very cool and awesome photo manipulation. It’s so funny.

  • Kamal

    Really Awesome Photo Manipulation Tutorial Very very useful,I learned lot,thanks.

  • Prabha

    Splattered Vector In GIMP is a very funny gimp manipulation and it looks awesome people just can’t stop themselves laughing after seeing this manipulation.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    Wow these photo manipulations are just great and these are made by some of the very creative minds.

  • Bhring Nath Prasad

    NaldzGraphics i like the most because it’s awesome and unique one.thanks for sharing.

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