25 GIMP Video Tutorials to Help Get You Started

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The GIMP is a very powerful, open source digital image editing application that rivals its commercial counterpart – Adobe Photoshop. Open source alternatives are great not only because they’re free, but because of the helpful community that typically surrounds them. Using GIMP is a perfect strategy for enhancing your images and making your site stand out.

One of the quickest ways to pick up something new is by watching video production tutorials. With that concept in mind, I’ve collected 25 awesome GIMP video tutorials geared to get you started, get you familiarized, and get you inspired. If you’re intrigued to try out GIMP after watching some of these videos, you can grab GIMP from their download page.


1. Gimp Basics

A showcase of some fundamental functions in GIMP.

Gimp Basics

2. The User Interface

A basic introduction to the interface to help you get started in exploring GIMP.

Photo Enhancement and Manipulation

3. Authentic Vintage Effect

A simple but beautiful photo effect based on a photoshop tutorial from Veerle’s blog.

Authentic Vintage Effect

4. Selective Decolorization

Change parts of an image into grayscale, a technique known as “selective decolorization”.

Selective Decolorization

5. Cracked Face Effect

Apply a cracking effect to your favorite photos.

Cracked Face Effect

6.Using Curves to Improve Contrast

Utilize the Curves tool to enhance the color contrast of digital images.

Using Curves

7. Streching shadows by using curves

Extend shadows in a photograph using the Curve tool.

Streching shadows by using curves

8. Create a Graduated Neutral Density Filter to Enhance Photos

Improve photos using the ND filter in GIMP.

Create a Graduated Neutral Density filter to Enhance Photos

9. Create a Sketch Effect

This tutorial shows you a speedy way to create a sketch effect on digital photos.

Create a sketch-effect

10. Skin Airbrushing

An excellent introduction to Selective Gaussian blur and the Quick Mask tool.

Skin Airbrushing

11. Improve Night Shots Using Curves

Use the Curves tool to digitally enhance night shots.


12. Turn a digital photo into Polaroid

Create a Polaroid border effect on images.

Turn a digital photo into Polaroid

13. Full Flare Control with The Gimp

Shows you how to create and control flares using the FlareFx effect.


14. Transform a Photo into Pop Art

An interesting photo tutorial on converting existing photos to mimic pop art.

Pop Art

15. Create a 3D Pop-out Effect

Make subjects seem like they’re popping out of a polaroid picture using this tutorial.

16. Eraser to Transparent Background Removal

A basic demonstration on how to remove the background of an image.

Remove Background

17. Semi-Advanced Photo Manipulation

This tutorial shows a few intermediate to advanced GIMP techniques.

Semi-Advanced Photo Manipulation

18. Quick Masking

How to use the Quick Mask tool to selectively colorize a flower.

Quick Masking

19. How To Change Hair Color

Showcases the Path tool.

How To Change Hair Color

20. Recolor Hair and Eyes

This is another demonstration on how to change hair color as well as eye color.

Recolor hair and eyes

Lettering and Graphics Creation

21. Transparent Glass Lettering

A glossy/glassy lettering effect adapted from an awesome photoshop tutorial by the Collis Ta’eed of PSDTUTS.

Transparent Glass Lettering

22. Create a 3D Web Browser

A tutorial on replicating this popular effect using GIMP.

Create a 3-D Web Browser

23. Realistic Water Droplets

Shows you how to make an almost photo-realistic water droplet.

Realistic Water Droplets

24. Fire Effects

Create flames from scratch.

Flame effect

25. Vector Land

* This video is no longer available. In this tutorial, you’ll see how to create the vector look-and-feel in GIMP.

Vector Land

Here’s some additional GIMP resources:

  • GIMPshop – GIMPshop is a modification of GIMP that mimics how Photoshop looks and functions.
  • GIMPTalk.com – GIMPTalk.com is a community website of all things GIMP related.
  • Gimpology – Gimpology is a tutorial site dedicated to GIMP.
  • Grokking the GIMP” – a downloadable book on GIMP.
  • GIMP – Tutorials – the tutorials section on GIMP’s website.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of video tutorials, and I hope I’ve encouraged some to at least try out and experiment with GIMP.