Tutorials

30+ Exceptional GIMP Tutorials and Resources

October 20th, 2008

GIMP is a freely distributed GNU Image Manipulation Program. Available for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It’s always fun to experiment different techniques and learn how to work with various aspects of GIMP to spice up boring pictures and make them into works of arts and masterpieces.

So, if you’re interested in learning some new skills, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced user, these GIMP tutorials are for you.

Below you will find an incredible amount some of the best GIMP tutorials hand picked to enhance or highlight whatever action is going on in the photo.

1. Different Gimp Tutorials

1. Neon Lights Tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

This tutorial illustrates how to implement a nice animated menu using Mootoolsand some lines of CSS and HTML code ready to reuse in your project. Tip: to get more of a glow, you can duplicate some of the blurred line layers.

2. Recoloring Eyes

Gimp Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you a quick and simple way to recolor eyes. You can color anything using this tutorial.

3. Lineart Tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

This is specially for anime/cartoon style lineart.

4. Easy Sig

Gimp Tutorial

A fairly easy tutorial to follow to make a sig. You must know the bare basics of GIMP and brushes/filters is all.

5. A colored swirl of light

Gimp Tutorial

Here is a great effect, usable for all kind of graphics such as flyers, splash-screens, wallpapers etc. Here you will learn how to create a colored light swirl.

6. Create a nice oilpainting from a photo

Gimp Tutorial

Learn how to create a fantastic looking oilpainting from a photo.

7. Making a pencil drawing from a photo

Gimp Tutorial

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.

8. Gimp Sin City Tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

This tutorial has been converted from the original Photoshop tutorial into Gimp. Learn how to create this dramatic effect in Gimp.

9. Flame Abstract Tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

In this tutorial we will learn how to use the flame filter to make a simple abstract background.

10. How to create Lightsaber effects

Gimp Tutorial

Who doesn’t want to create lightsaber effects. In this tutorial you will learn how.

11. Authentic Vintage Effect

Gimp Tutorial

Learn how to create beautiful effect for giving your photos an old vintage feel.

12. Grunge brush pack + tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

A whole Gimp grunge back along with a tutorial on how to create your own brush set.

13. Resizing fade effect

Gimp Tutorial

This tutorial is about that fade effect, at first glance it’s just a blur effect. This effect works best with pictures of definite figures, such as logos, people, and solid objects.

14. How to make a pile of worms in Gimp

Gimp Tutorial

This is how to make something that looks like the image above.

15. Abstract Art

Gimp Tutorial

Learn how to create an abstract background easily with Gimp.

2. GIMP Basics

16. GIMP tutorial Basics

Gimp Tutorial

This tutorial will teach you some basic tips for working with Gimp: shadowing, coloring, lighting, using the brush and pencil tools.

17. Layers + Inking

Gimp Tutorial

This is a tutorial about using Ink and layers in Gimp.

18. Using the Scissor Tool

Gimp Tutorial

The scissor tool (selects shapes from images) can be a confusing tool at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s great for extracting objects from your photos.

19. Using and Manipulating Layers with Gimp

Gimp Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to use and manipulate layers in Gimp. Using layers is essential for making skins, and learning to use them to your advantage will help you produce good results.

3. Photo Manipulation

20. Vintage Look

Gimp Tutorial

A tutorial for creating a vintage look in Gimp.

21. GIMP Photomanip Tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

A basic tutorial for photomanipulation. You will learn how to tone the brightness, add swirls, grungy effect to the photo.

22. GIMP Photo-manip Tutorial

Gimp Tutorial

Learn how to make your photographs look like they came straight out of Hollywood by following a couple of simple steps!

23. How to do skin care with Gimp

Gimp Tutorial

Gimp can help you to remove wrinkle, acne scars, red rash, blemish, pimple and other annoying skin problem on face in a photo portrait.This is a guide, manual and help for how to retouch skin with Gimp.

24. Selective Colorization

Gimp Tutorial

How to convert a color photograph to a B&W one with color restored to selective areas.

4. Gimp Text Effects

125. Transparent Glass Lettering

Gimp Tutorial

Learn how to make a stunning glass text effect. Adapted from a Photoshop tutorial

26. Smelting text / Creating blood text

Gimp Tutorial

How you can liquify / smelt text or other graphical objects by creating a blood text.

27. Cool Glow Effect

Gimp Tutorial

How you can a nice glow effect for any text yoiu want.

28. Glossy Web Logo

Gimp Tutorial

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a cool glossy website logo.

29. Colourful glowing text effect

Gimp Tutorial

In this tutorial we will learn how to create a colourful text effect using the gradient blend and blur effects.

30 Fitting Text to Uneven Surfaces

Gimp Tutorial

In this tutorial we will learn how to FittText to Uneven Surfaces with GIMP’s Displace Tool.

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Jani
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Wow thanks for the great collection! It’s so hard to find good GIMP tuts on the web…

Imran Anwar
Guest
3 years 2 months ago

Awesome collection of gimp tutorials, no doubt some above list are really helpfull. thanks

Love CJ
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Lineart Tutorial is Nice!!!tks!

Dominique
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Whao..what an extensive list of Gimp tutorials. Really appreciate this post as I have been hunting up and down for a list of GIMP tutorials to brush up my skills in using this medium. Have bookmarked your post for future referrence:)

Unreal Media
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Thanks, Im glad you liked my tutorial.

insicdesigns
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

hmmm great! Adobe is getting higher and higher in cost. Its ideal to learn GIMP if im not mistaken its a free software. thanks for a nice collection

Jeromy
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

A much needed post!!! Thank you!

Many of us just don’t have the budget for Photoshop and the high ticket Pro tools/plugins. Gimp, which is completly Free, is a great photo editing tool that will satisfy most budding graphic artists.

Putting together this list of tutorials is great!

Cheers,

Jeromy (AKA Hillbilly)

action figure
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

whoaaa…a ultimate post, needed more…n thanks for research!

I love noupe

Brandon Cox
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Excellent – I have a hard time with GIMP – nice tutorials!

Mark
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I think Gimp is an awesome replacement for Photoshop if you don’t want to spend “Adobe-money”.. Tutorials for it make the program even better :)

Katrineholm Uncensored
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

I haz GIMP.

prettyscripts
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the list of tutorial. It’s very useful.

Spicyagua
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Spicyagua
7 years 9 months ago

Thanks for putting this together. I’ve been using GIMP for years but I always have to start from basics as I only use it every few weeks. Starting points like this really help refresh the memory.

ajabogado
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

This is very much helpful… I’ve noticed a huge array of GIMP high-quality tutorials. Thanks for collection this.

Eoin
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Nicey! Thanks

Noupe
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Hey Everyone,
This post was just a test to see if GIMP resources and tutorials would be an interest to Noupe’s readers, and i think it is.
So stay tuned guys to see more GIMP tutorials and resources :)

Justin Leaf-Wright
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Just get get Photoshop!

You guys want to chat regarding GIMP vs Photoshop, go to my forum!

As for me PHOTOSHOP all the way!

NaldzGraphics
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

another cool list.keep them coming

Ronald

greg
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Thx for this link’s. Gimp is very good app. I’m don’t happy gimp interface.

Joey
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

How is this any better than Photoshop! I am really confused! I have never heard about this program before? though sometimes I do live under a rock!

What are the advantages, disadvantages?

Manny
Guest
3 years 7 months ago

What are the advantages? Well, it’s FREE, for one thing. Everything you can do with PS you can do with GIMP.

Jani
Guest
7 years 9 months ago
It’s not that GIMP is better or worse than Photoshop. There are plenty of discussions already about this on the internet, and as some clever guy pointed out, they’re completely unnecessary. GIMP is another program, not a Photoshop copy. It follows its own path and own goals, features, … However, you can do anything with GIMP that you can with Photoshop. If not, you just don’t know how to use it. And it doesn’t cost you 999$ either. The only differences between Photoshop and GIMP are some functions you may never use in your whole life. If you need to… Read more »
Carolyn
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Carolyn
5 years 9 months ago

I have GIMP, but cannot figure out how to get an image into a rectangle to start my ebook cover. I click on the rectangle, open the image and nothing happens. The only way the figure will appear on my GIMP workspace is if I put the image there first, but then I can’t put in any background color or test. Can any one help this newbie?

Thanks so much.

Rick
Guest
7 years 9 months ago

Yeah, if you can unearth some more GIMP tutorials, that’d be great! I keep a collection on my del.icio.us bookmarks. I’m adding this blog post as one right now.

As for GIMP vs. Photoshop, what I’m hearing/reading is that if you need to use CMYK features, use Photoshop….but if you’re in a situation where you need that, you’re probably already using it anyway. GIMP is pretty powerful, and I’m finding a lot of good uses for it.

Dainis Graveris
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

Great tutorial roundup, maybe it’s time for me too to learn and polish my Gimp skills..:)

stephentrepreneur
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

I’ve used GIMP religiously for about 12 months, and thought I had taught myself a lot of great stuff … but this list gives me a lot of extra stuff to apply.
Thanks, I’m adding a lot of these to my delicious.com for future reading.

highblood
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

thanks for sharing. This is a good source for those starting to learn GIMP (like me)and for those who want to develop their skills on GIMP.

Ajit
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

hello, I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for including several of my tutorials on that list :) means a lot. I hope to see additional Gimp content as well.

As far as the PS vs Gimp conversation goes, I’d say if you are new to graphics and would like to pursue it, try Gimp first to see if you really are into it and you are decent at it. You won’t magically improve using Photoshop, it is all about the knowledge of the programs, I use both all the time.

Bored
Guest
7 years 8 months ago

the problem with gimp is backwards compatibility with photoshop if even one line is messed up i would never use it.

Andre
Guest
7 years 7 months ago

Nice tutorial……the gimp is wonderfull, it’s free to haha….

Ramon By Brasil
Guest
6 years 9 months ago

Muito bom estou comecando no gimp ainda mais gostei e os tutoriais vao me ajudar bastante.

lalacan
Guest
6 years 8 months ago

Thanks, a great set of resources.

isthur
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isthur
6 years 8 months ago

trim’s

nwin
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nwin
6 years 7 months ago

Thanks alot,nice tutorial.

i-art
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6 years 1 month ago

thanks , a great list :)

Mike
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6 years 1 month ago
Mike
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5 years 9 months ago
Garmahis
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6 years 1 month ago
anais
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anais
5 years 11 months ago

hola necesito todo eso en español sera que alguien me lo puede explicarpor favor

Eduardo
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Eduardo
5 years 9 months ago

kinks does NOT work!

cipsacas
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cipsacas
5 years 7 months ago

how to download the tutorials?

John
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John
5 years 6 months ago

#13 has no tutorial (reszie fade effect).
Please add tut. thanx

Nathan
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Nathan
5 years 4 months ago

What is this? every link i click on opens up an add website, or another tutorial search. None of the tutorial links here work for me…..

Sam
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Sam
5 years 3 months ago

Total beginner, was looking for tutorials. Thanks for putting up the collection. Looks very exciting.

kb
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kb
5 years 3 months ago

Fix your broken links please

Here's a few more
Guest
5 years 2 months ago

Awesome tutorials! Here are a few more:

http://gimpedblog.blogspot.com/

Abra
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Abra
5 years 1 month ago

Thank you for these!! I have put several of them to use already with stunning results!! I’m excited about finally learning how to use a lot of the stuff in this program. It’s people like yall who make the difference!

anifoke
Guest
5 years 23 days ago

Thank you for your post. From these i can learn more from gimp designer.

Armino
Guest
5 years 16 days ago

Maybe you guys will find useful also my gimp tutorials at http://www.armino.ro.

Anton
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Anton
5 years 2 days ago

Thank you for your post. Thanks for putting up the collection.

bvh
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bvh
4 years 11 months ago

Thanks, new to GIMP this is much appreciated!

Laura
Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Great collection of tutorials. I’m adding your link to my site that helps people design graphics for a site called Zazzle. I love GIMP and think it’s a great alternative to popular graphic programs out there.

Maria Luísa
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Maria Luísa
4 years 8 months ago

Great tutorials! Thank you SO much. I ahve gimp for a while now, but I actually never learn how to use it in the right way. So thanks!

kurmu
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kurmu
4 years 6 months ago

Nice tutorials.

Guilherme
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Guilherme
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the nice tutorials.

Sarmad
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Sarmad
4 years 5 months ago

I prefer gimp 1000 times over PS…

Maria Wendt
Guest
4 years 3 months ago

Hey, just so you know, the link to this tutorial: “Grunge brush pack + tutorial” is broken. Thanks for this massive collection!

heru sb
Guest
4 years 2 months ago

thank that is good tutorial,

Curtis
Guest
4 years 2 months ago

Great resource! I just bookmarked it. If you have any resources on making a simple 3d man that I see on shutterbug please let me know. Thank you kindly in advance

Bill H
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Bill H
4 years 1 month ago

For all the wonderful tutorials, Thank You, Vielen Dank, Spacibo, Dank U, Mercie, Obrigado, Grazie, Dekujeme, Gracias.

Kurta
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Kurta
4 years 15 days ago

Here is another interesting tutorial how to create social media icon with GIMP: http://www.inforbiro.com/blog-eng/create-social-media-icon-with-gimp/

Pavan Somu
Guest
4 years 7 days ago

Wow I like the images you made using GIMP. I like all those 20 awesome images manipulation tutorials you made. Now i have an idea on how to create one of my own also. Thanks!

Zaff
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Zaff
3 years 11 months ago

17# does not work

Pauly
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Pauly
3 years 8 months ago

Looked at at least 50 tutorials. Haven’t found one yet that starts at the start, step by step. All too advanced for this elderly wannabe.

Chris
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Chris
3 years 6 months ago

Hey Man,
Like the tutorials.
Do you think you could make one on how to design the imagery of a website like yours?
With the tropical leaves over the top of the page, it looks incredible!
What program do you use to create your websites?
I think a tutorial of this nature would be hugely popular!
Cheers,
Chris.

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