HELP! Cannot get the jpg to change-

Hi, no, its just a regular jpg of my pals cat that I was using as my test pic.
I have other pics and they turn out awful as well… and I cant find anything for this version of gimp to tell me what to do that matches with whats actually there-its all for old versions.
:frowning:

@theweblady, example above is only one possibility. There are also other techniques. Can you give us a photo so that we can try out which technique fits best?

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Hi Boris, I was just trying to get my screen to look like yours but no luck yet- I’m on a Mac running os 10.13.6 and my gimp is 2.10.14-
I’d love to get you a few of the pics so you can tell me what Im doing wrong-can you tell me how to upload them here in the forum or?

Thanks!

Have you used GIMP before?

Maybe you can upload them somewhere online (google drive or dropbox) and give a link here? A small one, as an example, you can upload directly to a post, like I did above.

Hi,
no this is my first time with Gimp as I’ve always used photoshop before but wanted to try gimp. I have heard such wonderful things and I thought this would be a good project for me to start with. I have uploaded one so maybe you can let me know your thoughts-
thanks for everything!

This is not so easy, because the photo is very noisy and blurred (edge cannot be recognized well) and the cat has a lot of texture.

The best results I could achieve are:

Grain merge

or:

linear light

Is that ok?

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wow! they both look great!! Can u walk me thru step by step starting at step one how do I get either/both of those images?
I also have a person ill upload that might be easier-

thank you so much-you are awesome!!gene2

Welcome, Sandy,

Er… Boris did just that (see above). He also asked

Have you used GIMP before?

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

Had some fun with the cat here: G'MIC fun with afre. :rofl:

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@theweblady Do you have an example of what you are looking for?

He asked me and I answered-below please see my response.
Hi,
no this is my first time with Gimp as I’ve always used photoshop before but wanted to try gimp. I have heard such wonderful things and I thought this would be a good project for me to start with.


I am only trying to learn. I had a few questions how he got both of the designs so I requested info on how he did each one.

Im sorry if somehow I offended you. All I am trying to do is learn how to do something in gimp. I have heard such wonderful things about it and about your user group.

thank you-

above message is to Claes in Lund, Sweden.

Hi afre!
thank you so much for your designs-they were quite different but both amazing!

The kind of look I am going for is something similar to what Boris did with his houses design-a coloring book type but still able to see its a person or animal. I uploaded a pic of a drummer if thats easier to work with as its a person.

this is sort of what im looking to learn to do but more clean and crisp like Boris’s houses design

I don’t have a way ATM but I came up with this using my G’MIC filter (to new layer) and using dodge mode on it over the original layer.

image

The outline isn’t very strong though and the iris is extra light. Trouble with the G’MIC plugin preview window is that it isn’t accurate at all, so I am fumbling in the dark. Maybe with a few tweaks, it would work.

wow! that looks great! you are right-just a hair bit darker- I probably didn’t explain it very well but hopefully the pic I uploaded helped…im trying to make a coloring book page from a jpg or png or? so it needs to look somewhat like the original but also allows for coloring fun…

Closer

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YES!! YOU ARE AWESOME! ITS DEF ALMOST THERE!! :smile:
what else do u think it needs?

Maybe, Majority filter with blur and blending mode.

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I will explain how I got the results above.

  1. First open the image with File - Open. And then it looks like this:

  1. The picture is a little dark and we have to lighten it up. The easiest way to do this is with Levels (Colors- Levels). Move the black, middle and white slider so that the photo gets brighter. See how I did that in the picture:

  1. The photo is grainy and we have to denoise it. This can be done with Noise Reduction (Filters - Enhance - Noise Reduction). Just move the slider until the photo is denoised enough:

  1. The cat has a lot of details (a lot of texture in the coat) and we have to reduce this without affecting the edges too much. This can be done with Selective Gausian Blur (Filter - Blur - Selective Gausian Blur). Blur radius should be high and Max delta low:

  1. Now the photo is ready and we can remove the color with Desaturate module (Colors - Desaturte - Desaturate). Lightness is a standard option and you can leave it as it is:

  1. Now we need to duplicate the layer (go to the layer window, click with the right mouse button and choose the option “Duplicate layer” from the menu):

  1. Here we will repeat the steps I described in my first article (steps 1-5). The result should look like this:

  1. Now we have to turn this result into a new layer. Go to the layer window, click with the right mouse button and choose the option “New From Visible” from the menu:

Now we have a new layer with the result:

  1. Now we choose this new layer and combine it with the one below. Activate this new layer, click with the right mouse button and choose the option “Merge down” from the menu:

  1. Now we have only two layers and using Levels again we can darken the upper one a bit so that the edges are better visible:

  1. Now we can try different blend modes (Mode in layer window above layer thumbnails) for this layer to get the desired look (overlay, grain merge, linear light etc.) Here is the example with overlay blend mode:

That’s it. In the next article I will present a method that may also work well.

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Another method would be with the help of Cartoon module in (Filters - Artistic - Cartoon):

After you have lightened the layer, you can change its appearance again with different blend modes. Here with Hard Light:

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