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Gimp Tutorials

Easy step by step tutorials for Gimp for beginners and advanced users.

Italian Webmaster: Bad English, but good tutorials.

In this page you can find dozens of step by step tutorials for photo editing with Gimp. Every tutorial on mora-foto is original and has been written by us. We have an italian website that is one of the largest resurce of photo editing tutorials for Gimp in Italy, and we decided to translate many of them for international users.

Gimp is absolutely the best solution for amateur photographers that are looking for a free software for post production and photo editing that gives almost professional results. We really believe that Gimp can substitute Photoshop for the needs of non professional photographers. We hope that our tutorials can help you to understand the functioning and potential of Gimp. There are many other programs that works fine, but no one of them is as much flexible and advanced as Gimp. Maybe it could be a little bit hard to learn, but when you'll understand how to use it, you'll be completely satisfied. This is why we created this website: to let you easily understand the basics of Gimp and become a better photographer everyday. (continues after the tutorials...)

Basic Gimp tutorials:

Gimp's Interface Gimp's Interface and main tools

An overview of the Gimp's interface and an explaination of the main tools used in photo editing with Gimp.

Straighten and Crop with Gimp + rule of the thirds Straighten and crop with Gimp

a tutorial on how to use Gimp to straighten a crooked photo and then crop it correctly, applying the Rule of the Thirds.

Tutorial for masks and selections in Gimp An overview on the Selections (Masks)

This beginner tutorial describes all the different types of selections of Gimp and how and why use each one of them.

Gimp's Text tool, insert a text in a photo Gimp's Text Tool

In this tutorial we'll see how to add text and writings to your pictures, in this example we'll make a meme.

Light and exposure

Gimp's Brightness-Contrast tool Brightness-Contrast tool

This Gimp tool is a really easy and fast way to lighten or darken a photo, but is less accurate than levels and curves.

Gimp's levels tool Levels Tool

Tutorial on levels tool, how to adjust the histogram with Gimp to get the optimal gamma and contrast, a powerful tool but still less than curves.

Gimp's curves tool Curves tool

Gimp's curves tool is absolutely the most flexible way to adjust brightness, finely tuning blackpoint, midpoint, and whitepoint.

Manage colors

Rotate Colors with Gimp Rotate Colors Tutorial

Rotate colors is a Gimp's tool that allows you to easily change a range of colors to a different, wider or tighter, range.

White balance, color balance Manual and automatic White balance

Let's discover the tools that Gimp offer for the perfect white balance, with automatic and manual color balance.

High-key and Low-key photography High-Key and Low-Key tutorial

High and low key photos with Gimp. This effect is highly recommended in black and white photography.

Black and white with mono mixer Better Black and White

A tutorial for perfect black and white, using Gimp's Mono Mixer on specific color channels. The results will be way better than a desaturation.

Selective black and white with Gimp Selective black and white

A tutorial for obtain a colored subject on a black and white background, perfect if you need to attract attention on the subject of your photos.

Improve eyes looking

Red eyes removal with Gimp Remove flash red eyes

Tutorial on how to use the automatic Gimp's "red eye removal" tool, to get rid of that anesthetic defect.

Improve eyes with Gimp Improve looking of the eyes

Gimp's tutorial in Four steps for beauty eyes: change colour, increase highlights, add reflections and darken eyelids.

Noise reduction

Tutorial for G'mic, Gimp's noise reduction plugin Noise reduction with G'mic

Tutorial for installation and use of G'mic, a Gimp's great plugin for noise reduction and a lot of other features.

Improve the panoramas

Simulate GND filters with Gimp Gnd Filters simulation

Improve your Landscapes photos simulating a GND filter with Gimp. This is a must read tutorial.

Double exposure with Gimp Exposure Blending

How to use Gimp to obtain a double exposure, that gives a result similar to an HDR picture.

Increase sharpness with Gimp Sharpen a photo.

In this tutorial we'll see how to use two useful Gimp's filters to enhance the sharpness of a photo: Sharpen Filter (Unsharp Mask) and High pass filter

Artistic Use of Blur

Soft focus Tutorial for Gimp Flou Effect (Soft Focus)

How to use Gimp's tools to crate an effect that reduces skin defects in portraits or adds angelic glow around subjects.

How to fake bokeh blur with Gimp Bokeh Simulation with Gimp

How to fake the bokeh, that is the blur on the background of photos taken with high aperture.

We firmly believe that using Gimp allows anyone to achieve more than satisfactory results in photo editing for both domestic and professional use. If you are not a professional photographer, or you don't want to pay for licenses for any reason, or you are still downloading pirated software (with all the risks that follow), but you need to edit some photos, Gimp is surely the best free solution available today. Gimp allows you to crop photographs, add texts, increase contrast and saturation, even make advanced photo editing without the need for pay nothing.

We have decided to divide this page into different categories to allow better consultation of the many tutorials present.

We suggest you to roll up your sleeves and start learning how to use this amazing tool. Compared to Photoshop it is without less intuitive, it does not have the perfect management of batches, it has not hyper advanced artificail intellingnece tools, it's 8 bit, needs some plugins to open the "raw" files or create the panoramas, but it will allow you to work more than well without having to spend money and without having to download non-original software that, especially for professional use, could make you have a bad fine.

If you never used Gimp, we advise you to do try out tutorials, in the order in which they were published (first the Gimp guides on the left, then the right ones). Starting from the basic tutorials, then going on to correct light and color, and then learn to understand what the masks are and what they are for. Once you understand how to work on a single portion of the image, you could put the knowledge acquired by going on a rather complex tutorial, such as the Dragan effect. When you have begun to understand what you are doing, try to modify a single photo with all the effects, so you can better understand the various tools. If you have no experience it is just a game, where try to become more friendly with the interface.

When you have reached a discreet familiarity, it will be time to try to carry out the more guides, to be sure that you have understood all the steps. Knowing how to retouch a photograph with Gimp it is a much more useful operation than you think, it will allow you to create impressive images for social networks, but it will also increase your productivity at work or in any voluntary activities. It's always convenient to have a friend who can draw a poster or make a cover photo for an event. Then, when you become good, nobody prevents you from trying to earn something with your new knowledge.
We believe that Gimp is an excellent photo editing program, not perfect, but which can replace Photoshop in most amateur uses. We also hope that all our Gimp's tutorials can help you to better understand the functioning and potential of Gimp which is, without a doubt, the best free photo editing program available on the market.

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