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Fixing exposure from insufficient lighting and rotating image from turned camera.

It is quite annoying to see pictures that are too dark to see what's in them. Sideways pictures are also annoying (among other photographic conditions). Fixing the pictures before uploading makes your work look more professional.
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Step 1: Download The GIMP

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If you haven't already, go to the GIMP website to download and install the appropriate version for your OS. Unlike Photoshop and others, The GIMP is free.

Step 2: Fix the picture

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Start The Gimp and load the underexposed picture.

From the drop-down menus, select Layer->Colors->Levels.

In the middle of the Levels window, you'll find the gamma adjustment field with the adjustment slider just above it. The middle sliding pointer is the gamma. Increase the gamma to lighten up the dark parts of the picture without affecting the lighter ones too much.

Step 3: Enjoy the revealed image.

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So that's who's out there.

Step 4: Rotating images

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No, this Showy Ladyslipper isn't growing on a cliff side, I turned the camera for portrait format.

Step 5: ...turn, turn, turn...

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Load your sideways (or upside down) picture.

Go to the Image->Transform menu and select the appropriate rotation you need.

Save the file (to original or Save As a new name).

Step 6: That's all it takes.

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That looks much better. Wasn't that easy?

The Minnesota state flower in it's proper orientation.

Step 7: Now go and play with GIMP's other tools.

There's so much more you can do with GIMP, from creating images from scratch to altering existing images. If you make a mistake, just don't save the changes.
iectyx3c5 years ago
Nice 'ible.

Remember that GIMP's Gamma is a correction to make images look better for computer monitors, not for printed photos. Here's a simple explanation:

n0ukf (author)  iectyx3c5 years ago
That coon pic would still be too dark for a print without gamma or brightness/contrast adjustment.
madmanmoe647 years ago
A Nice intro to using Gimp. You should do instructables on some of the other, cooler features. I did this using the stamp tool. I use that for everything.
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How did you do that
select the clone tool. Icon looks like a stamp. Then ctrl click on the area you want to copy. now when using this brush it will copy the area you ctrl clicked on. I used this to copy the poster across, covering my head. If you look closely you can see that the middle column is the same as the right column. If that made no sense I'll have to make an ible for it.
thanks man that helped a bunch i have a question do you know how to make neon style tect in gimp?
one basic way would be: - type your text then press 'path from text' (near the bottom of the tools pane). -Then with this path selected go to >Filters >Alpha to Logo >Alien Glow (or alien neon) This gets the basic glowing effect. You may have to play around with the options to get it how you want
thanks ill try that it really helped do you use blender 3d
No I've never used Blender 3D. But it does look interesting
here is what i did with a special neon affect
i tried the neon thing and it works really well
bob3216 years ago
how do you use the stamp tool