These are some neat techniques I've worked out while using the graphics
program known as Gimp. Gimp is a very
nice graphics editor. It does a lot of the sort of stuff that Photoshop
does, but Gimp is free. I like free.
These techniques are all shown using Gimp 2.4. If you have an earlier version
(or if my page has gotten so out of date that there is now a Gimp 3) it
shouldn't be too hard to follow along. This is not a tutorial on Gimp. I am
assuming that you have a working knowledge of things in Gimp like layers,
channels and particularly the curves tool.
Turn a photo into a Journal-style hedcut.
Create a spray painted stencil look.
Turn a picture into a pseudo-comic book panel.
Make a charcoal drawing from a picture.
Create a fiery effect for an image background.
Add water damage to a poster or photo.
A really quick way to make a simplified glass effect.
Wear your images out and make them look old.
Put your own personal stamp on things.
Make some old writing on parchment.
Add a bloom effect to an image.
Create a glassy looking image.
Transform a photograph into
something like a woodcut.
Make a photo
look like it is a still frame from an 8mm film.
Make a photo
look like it was taken back in the forties or fifties.