Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Nifty Things to Do with GIMP

October 11, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun, applications

Some of us are probably addicted to capturing moments in pictures. I can understand why. It’s one of those things that help us go back to the good old days, so to speak. It’s also something that creates a ‘time machine’ for us because those pictures show us what things looked like, not just remind us of the feeling but give us the atmosphere all over again.

Anyhow, I haven’t been using GIMP much and I’ve mainly been taking pictures with my toy cameras (plastic film cameras: fisheye 2, brandless camera with panoramic mode, etc.) these days and what’s scanned is what I get. Especially the lomo look and feel because of the funky colors when using certain kinds of film and having them cross-processed.

an unedited picture. just to show the 'before' and 'after' look of using GIMP plugins and scripts

an unedited picture. just to show the 'before' and 'after' look of using GIMP plugins and scripts

this has been edited with the lomo plugins and watermark script

this has been edited with the lomo plugins and watermark script

So yeah, there are some basic things that we could do with GIMP. Thanks to Dmitri Popov’s blog entry. I must say that those are nifty things. Red eye correction is a must, after all. Because sometimes we take photos and end up with people who have red eyes. Ack. That won’t do! And the automatic correction of colors are great too. I am guilty of taking pictures that are underexposed.

I know that GIMP has plugins and scripts but I haven’t actively searched for them until recently. Because I am fond of the look and feel of pictures taken using lomo cameras and other such film cameras, I searched for plugins and found some thanks to the GIMP registry which has an article about a lomo script with old style colors. If you are also fond of having vignettes and a dramatic look on your pictures, you could try it out too. Download the scripts and plugins as stated in the article and give them a try.

Scripts and plugins are easy to use, so far. When you download them, save them into the scripts and plugins directory of GIMP in your computer. You could find them in your home directory. Look for /home/(your login name)/.gimp-2.x/ : ) I just wrote 2.x here but you should really use the version number of GIMP that you have installed. When you run GIMP, you should be able to see them in the Filters menu. This has better instructions on installing scripts for GIMP.

One more thing: for simple watermarking needs, you could use this watermark script. To use it, just select it under the script-fu menu and then you will be asked to enter the watermark you want to use, as well as the size of the font, the typeface of your choice and the position of your watermark.

I hope you have fun editing pictures!

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