Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Gimp your photos!

Mommy Confession:
I am addicted to photography and editing photos. I just have a point and shoot camera, but I am AMAZED at how you can turn a point and shoot photo into a masterpiece! I am sort of spoiled having an art teacher for a husband and because the nature of his job, he was given Photoshop CS4 from his school. He passed it along to me, as he doesn't teach photography, but the program overwhelms me.

I have, however, fallen in love with GIMP. It is so much like Photoshop and get this- IT IS FREE!! There are also a ton of video tutorials on youtube.

Here is a photo I took of one of my friends little girls at a local splash park.

{BEFORE}


{AFTER}
The colors are more intense, her eyes pop and I took her mama's arm and a random lady out of the photo! now the photo is a great one worthy of a frame! 


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56 comments:

Muthering Heights said...

That's awesome...good to know!

{Kiki} said...

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing the editing program. I will have to check it out. I am too cheap to buy Photoshop. I have been using the Kodak program and Nero that came on my desktop. Happy WW and take care.
-Kiki

McClure Family said...

kiki, you will love gimp! it is very professional like photoshop, but free! good luck and let me know how you like it!

Buckeroomama said...

You just gotta love these photo editing tools! I use Picase mainly. Now you got me interested to check out Gimp. :)

Kristen Andrews said...

that is awesome thanks for sharing, I love editing pics too!

Michelle said...

I love photo editing software. And I agree about photoshop. It isn't the easiest of software to master.

Genny said...

I need this! Thanks for the tip...I'm checking it out!

BTW, cute photo!

Megan said...

Oh wow, thanks for the tip on Gimp. I'm definitely going to check it out -I like messing around but not enough to invest in a program. I like free! i love the cropping work with the arm and the lady!

Claire's World said...

Teach me, teach me!!!

McClure Family said...

D i will teach you! we can get together soon and i will show you some things!!

Sharon said...

Wow, what a great edit!! You should join in on Iheartfaces this friday... I'm totally addicted, and I barely know what I'm doing with the editing software!

Great job!

McClure Family said...

thanks sharon! i will check it out!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh!! I have to check that out!!!!

Love how you can do it for free!

And, what a cutie!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

so cute and what great editting!! I am a big photoshop fan, I've been using it for ages, and I'm still figuring it all out!!

Nicole said...

Hmm, I have never heard of it but it looks like a load of fun. I'm still trying to figure out Photoshop Elements!!!

She is a cutie!

Christine said...

Amazing how you made a good picture just pop! Will you come edit my pics? lol

~Christine
www.fromdatestodiapers.com

Kristin said...

she's so cute!

Momstart said...

there was quite a bit of pop in the bucket

Jennifer Leigh said...

Our wedding photographer did that with a couple cars! So cool! i tried to learn PS but didn't have the patience LOL

blueviolet said...

I had no idea you could remove things in the background like that. That's incredible! She's adorable, by the way!

McClure Family said...

you do it by using the clone tool! it gets addicting though!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Impressive...I noticed the missing lady right away!

Tiaras said...

oh I downloaded gimp once and could never figure it out! I'm addicted to Lightroom!!!

McClure Family said...

gimp is super easy!! there are tons of tutorials on youtube too that make it easy to follow along!

Jennifer said...

Beautifully done and she is adorable!

Sande said...

Will certainly be checking out that program. My older kids are way into tech photo stuff.

Any ideas on a photo filing system with tags ... someone suggested creative memories.

McClure Family said...

i use photobucket! i love it!

Future Mama said...

Wow!! beautiful photo! thats awesome editing for free too!

Rob said...

Wow, great picture to start and you made it even better.

Happy WW!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Cute photo. I'm going to check Gimp out too.

Just Add Walter said...

I will definitely be trying Gimp after seeing this picture!! And I love her little flamingo bathing suit... how adorable!!!

Auntie E said...

Will nned to check out that Gimp. Great photos. Happy WW

Rhonda said...

That is so cool how you took the arm out!! Is photoshop hard to learn? I've heard some nightmare stories!

McClure Family said...

photoshop is, but gimp is pretty easy!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I was on someone's blog, and saw your comment and did a double take because we share the same last name!! So I just had to stop by and see your corner of the internet and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed reading! : )

Jean Stockdale said...

Too cute. We are shopping for this program. It looks awesome. Of course you have a great subject.

Since you are a momma, I wanted to invite you to join us for our online Bible study on Ephesians called "High Stepping in Heavenly Places" beginning Sept. 24. I have all the details on my site and I would love to have you and all your MOMMA friends join in! Check it out and see if it might be something you are interested in! Blessings.

Erin @ Closing Time said...

Great editing! She is such a cutie!! :)

Kimberly Kihega said...

Cool, I'll have to try that out! I use Corel Paint Shop, but I don't like it that much!

Elaine A. said...

I've never heard of GIMP before. I love how you took the things out of the photo that you didn't want in there! It looks great.

You may also try Picnik.com - I love all the different effects and I use it on many of my photos.

iriegal said...

THanks so much for that information. I have a click as you go camera as well. I can't afford photoshop, but great to know of a free program

Smart Cents Mom said...

Thanks for sharing! Love the tip. You can visit mine at
http://smartcentsmom.blogspot.com/2009/09/wordless-wednesday-throw-my-ball.html

Pam said...

That is so neat. I didn't realize you could do this. THanks for sharing with us.

Susie said...

What a great photo makeover:-)

Cortney @ evanhaslanded.com said...

I just recently found Gimp, my hubs is a graphic designer and we have always had Photoshop on the computers but with my newest laptop we ran out of the amount of computers you can have under one license, so I am trying my hand at Gimp. Not too bad still learning though :-)
Great edit job!

Staci said...

What a great photo-such a cutie! I didn't know you could do so much with gimp. I'll have to look into it more!

McClure Family said...

it is very similar to photoshop elements

Snowcatcher said...

Perfect sample of how the software works. Cutie pie, too!

Kacey R. said...

OK, you've done it. I officially have to figure out GIMP. ;D Great job on the photos. I'm addicted too.

shopannies said...

what cute photos great info to know

Marina K. Villatoro said...

Wow you did a great job on that picture, but i do hace to say that even without the changes it was worthy of a frame because tht baby girl is a Cutie....

Serendipity is Sweet said...

Great job! I've used Gimp, but not enough to be able to do much yet.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Oh I love it! The 'after' picture turned out so cool! Of course, with an adorable subject like that, how could it not? ;) I will have to check out that site! :)

Over Thirty Mommy said...

Wow, great job. I am going to have to check that program out. Thanks for the tip

Beth P. said...

Very nice job on the photo! I love the little bathing suit!
Laugh Until You Cry

sunnymama said...

Oh this looks like a fun program to try out. Thanks for the link. Great picture! :)

SupahMommy said...

that's awesome... i have photo shop .. but it eludes me.. i just stare at it.

love the chuckee post..

how cute did you look in that pic!!
you make me want to go wash my hair!! lol