Gimp Photo Tutorial

Gimp photo tutorial for moody and dramatic lighting


An easy way to get dramatic lighting in your photos.

Gimp tutorial

  • First start with a photo that has contrasts of light andshadow. It works well for indoor partyshots. Always duplicate your base. This means you are working on a copy and need not worry about damaging the original.


  • Go to colours:Levels. In this case pressing auto worked best. I liked the way the colours looked but you can change it manually using the dropper tools.I then went to Curves and made a very slight S Curve on each channel.
  • I then went to curves again to up the contrast a little
  • Flatten the image then sharpen using the Unsharp Mask. Then crop, keeping the aspect ratio fixed and in Portrait mode. The rule of thirds grid really helps when you are deciding where to crop.

And you’re done!

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