Easy step by step tutorials for Gimp for beginners and advanced users.
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:
An overview of the Gimp's interface and an explaination of the main tools used in photo editing 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.
This beginner tutorial describes all the different types of selections of Gimp and how and why use each one of them.
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
This Gimp tool is a really easy and fast way to lighten or darken a photo, but is less accurate than levels and curves.
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 is absolutely the most flexible way to adjust brightness, finely tuning blackpoint, midpoint, and whitepoint.
Rotate colors is a Gimp's tool that allows you to easily change a range of colors to a different, wider or tighter, range.
Let's discover the tools that Gimp offer for the perfect white balance, with automatic and manual color balance.
High and low key photos with Gimp. This effect is highly recommended in black and white photography.
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.
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
Tutorial on how to use the automatic Gimp's "red eye removal" tool, to get rid of that anesthetic defect.
Gimp's tutorial in Four steps for beauty eyes: change colour, increase highlights, add reflections and darken eyelids.
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
Improve your Landscapes photos simulating a GND filter with Gimp. This is a must read tutorial.
How to use Gimp to obtain a double exposure, that gives a result similar to an HDR picture.
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
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 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.