Roundup of Best GIMP Tips & Tutorials

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted. Check out these  best GIMP tips and free tutorials.

Gimp Galaxy By Abduzeedo

Although I really like the Adobe’s main product, I have seen a lot of articles about GIMP, that stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program, and people creating amazing effects using this tool. So I decided to give it a try.

Leopard’s Aurora Borealis wallpaper By Abduzeedo

what I want to show on this tutorial is how to create that Aurora Borealis effect using the new GIMP. Basically I used the Leopard’s wallpaper as my reference. I have to say it was easier than I thought.

Gold Text Effect By Gimpology

Learn how to create a beautiful gold text effect in the GIMP.

Authentic Vintage Effect By Gimpology

A beautiful effect for giving your photos an old vintage feel.

Gimp Sin City Tutorial By Ajit’s Blog

This tutorial has been converted from the original Photoshop tutorial into Gimp. The original Photoshop tutorial can be found here. This tutorial is not recommended for beginners. I also recommend that you save often.

Worn Vintage Popart Design by SGLiders12 Blog

Pop art, vintage, and grunge are some of my favorite types of styles. They’re back and you see them everywhere. Well, today I’m going to teach you how to create a worn vintage pop art design in Gimp based on a tutorial by Alvaro Guzman at PSDTuts. BTW, this is also my 100th post! Yay!

A colored swirl of light By GimpUsers

Some effects are just very simple to do and look still pretty cool. This one here is such an effect, usable vor all kind of graphics things such as flyers, splash-screens, wallpapers etc. I’ll show you how to create such an colored light swirl below!

Create a nice oilpainting from a photo By GimpUsers

In this tutorial our user t0bias shows you how to create a fantastic looking oilpainting from a photo. Enjoy!

Extremely Real Letter by

Hi this is based of a photoshop tutorial  i found earlier. And please keep in mind that this is my first tutorial so give me a little credit for trying.

Creative Composition by

Hello and welcome to my Gimp tutorial. My name is Jacob Philpott and I am a graphic designer Today we are going to learn how to make a photo-manipulation using an eye stock, I hope you enjoy my tutorial!.

Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects By

Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects in Photoshop  now in Gimp. The original tutorial was made by Collis from PSDtuts. This is just that tutorial made with gimp.

Contaminated Effect By

Warning! contamination ahead. suite up and get ready for an awesome effect tutorial 🙂
In this tutorial we will use various overlay techniques, the pen tool and how to use stock images to add texture to the design.

MSNBC-Style Effect By

This GIMP tutorial will teach you how to create an effect similar to the one used at

Making a pencil drawing from a photo By GimpUsers

Comic artists have it easy – they can scan their pencil drawings and then edit them. But how to make a realistically looking pencil drawing from a photo? In this tutorial you will learn how to convert almost any image into a good-looking pencil drawing, and yon even won’t need edge detection filters. All you need are a few different layer modes.

[AVATAR] Become a real Na’Vi By GimpUsers

Many of you surely know the new film (by James Cameron) which already became the most successful film of all time: AVATAR! I’m a fan of the movie and so finally i had time to write a tutorial on how to make yourself into a real NA’Vi 😉 Enjoy

The creepy zombie hand of death! By GimpUsers

In this tutorial I show you how to transform your own hand into a creepy zombie hand of death that is full of blood! I love to think about such cool looking titles 😉 Enjoy the tutorial

Create a simple Grunge-Stamp! By GimpUsers

This Tuturial shows you how to make a simple stemp, with a Grunge Effect.

Adding life into a Flat Photograph By

This tutorial was converted from Giackop’s tutorial at Its been a while since I’ve done a tutorial that’s because i broke my hand and find it hard to type with only my left.

Cool Typography Design Poster By PA Blog

After a few tests to find the right colors and idea, i’ve created a typography design for this tutorial.The design is inspired by the amazing work of Scott Hansen.

Cool Shapes Effect by PA Blog

A short time ago Abduzeedo publish a tutorial showing us how to create an image inspired by Andy Gilmore’s work. I really liked that technique and decided that it would be cool to do something similiar like that in Gimp as well. So this is my latest tutorial.Before you read the rest of my tutorial let’s see my result!

Colorful Stream of Light By GimpUsers

You all probably know these images that are shown on starting up a certain program: these are so called splash screens. In this tutorial I will show you how to make a special, very beautiful splash. It will be a colorful stream of light with particles!

3D Pixel Stretch Effect By Gimpology

Learn how to stretch lines of pixels into amazing graphics that pop out of the screen!

Painting a Peacock by Kalaalog

There have been many people coming over to searching for articles on drawing/painting a peacock – the only tutorial here until now was on illustrating peacock feather. So, here is a walk-through and screen shots of the peacock painting I did.

3D Realistic Rubik’s Cube by Bulbing

Today I’m going to show you how to make a 3-dimensional pretty good looking rubik’s cube. The steps should be easy to understand. I’ve also made a little video which is situated right on the bottom of the article so you can watch it.

Blog design layout By

Finally I have managed to put my self together and create another blog template tutorial!
sorry to all those who were counting on it before,i just didn’t have the time for it but anyway here it is. so enjoy!

Create a cool wax seal with an engraved eagle By GimpUsers

You maybe know this: In the very past important letters have been sealed using a so called wax seal. This is a hot wax drop on the opening of the envelope – then a seal ring containing the unique emblem of the empire was pressed on the wax to harden the wax. So the letter was secured from spys from now on – because any opening would have breached the original letter. This tutorial shows how to create such a wax seal in GIMP! Have fun

Glow FX extreme By GimpUsers

I guess this tutorial will mostly be enjoyed by graphics enthusiasts 😉 We’re going to create a special glowing lines effect with saturated colors and good dynamic!


Gimp Video Tutorials

Cracked Face Effect
Using Curves to Improve Contrast
Streching shadows by using curves
Create a Graduated Neutral Density Filter to Enhance Photos
Create a Sketch Effect
Improve Night Shots Using Curves
Transform a Photo into Pop Art
Create a 3D Pop-out Effect
Eraser to Transparent Background Removal
How To Change Hair Color
Recolor Hair and Eyes
Transparent Glass Lettering
Create a 3D Web Browser
Realistic Water Droplets
Fire Effects

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