Vintage and Cinematic Effects to Your Photos in GIMP

Many of you have requested in various post that we begin to pay more attention to GIMP, an alternative to Photoshop more and more users choose for its free and free, and because it is improving in each version. We have taken note and will start with a series of posts focused on this program and its possible uses in the field of photography.

The tutorials can also be performed without problems in Photoshop, if you know well the program you will know where go to modify the parameters mentioned, although I encourage you to those who still have not experienced with GIMP a try. Its use is not much more complicated than in Photoshop, as well as being a less heavy program.

To begin I have selected two video tutorials very clear on how to add two different effects in our photos: Vintage and Cinematic aspects, ideal for nostalgic. Both videos are in English, and although the images speak for themselves, you include the steps that are followed in each in Spanish, under the video.

Vintage and Cinematic Effects to Your Photos in GIMP 1

Vintage effect

All values are orientative, We can play with them Depending on how are our image and our own preferences.

  • We grew 20 points the contrast (colors > brightness and contrast).
  • We got 11 points, tone and increase 20 saturation (color > hue and saturation).
  • We customize now the channels red, green and blue curves more or less as we indicated in the video (color > curves).
  • We got 9 points the tone and got 40 saturation (color > hue and saturation).
  • We create a new layer and on it with the elliptical selection tool, go to select > blur > 150 pixels (this value is fully editable, It depends on the size having our photography, if it is larger that the video will have to increase it that apply proportionally). Then go to select > invert, and fill the resulting selection with black color. Then go to select > all. Finally, we change the opacity of the layer to 50%.

The photo personally, prefer is how when one gets to this point. The result would be this:

However, the tutorial includes one step further that gives it an even more vintage photo with more reddish tones. It is as follows:

  • Create another new layer and fill it with a magenta color (you can copy the exact color used in the video parameters). The opacity of the layer down to 8% or 10%, depending on our preferences.

The resulting tones are those who can see in the photo on the post header.

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Cinematic effect

  • We went down the saturation on 50 points (colors > hue and saturation).
  • We modify the curves (colors > curves) to achieve a kind of S, as shown in the video. In this step, it is possible that you may have to play a bit with the curve until you find a fair point depending on your image.
  • We duplicate the background, and on the mirror, go to Filters > blur > Gaussian blur.
  • Still in the duplicate background layer, create a layer mask. Now select the tool brush, and are going to need one specific that if we don’t have we can create ourselves through Windows > built-in dialogs > brushes. Click on “new brush”. Call it as you want, and let in 480 radio parameters or whatever you need (the greater our photo, the greater the RADIUS we need). We went down the hardness to 0, and the rest remain in default values (2, 1, 0 and spaced angle 20 ratio spikes). With black, we started to pass the brush in all the details of the photo needing to be focused.
  • Add a new layer fill black and put a 70% opacity. With the same brush that you have created before, and using the eraser, click on the center of the photo 3 or 4 times, or that need to leave an edge that you like.

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  • We combine all layers through image > Flatten Image.
  • Add Filter noise > noise > noise RGB. With the checkbox “Independent RGB” unselected, reduce the values by 0.04 and accept. If our image is larger than the video, we have to leave this higher value to make it detectable.
  • We create a new layer and select the top and fill it black, to emulate the films black bands. We duplicate the layer and place it at the bottom.

It is already finished. Optionally we can go to colors > color Balance, and tilt towards a particular tone, for example towards the cyan, if we want more cold tones. This is the result I got:

I hope you will bother, because although such effects in photographs do you not special grace, such tutorials are excellent for go familiar with GIMP and learning to use their tools.