2019 has already been a great year for learning GIMP with tons of new content being released every week. With 1/3 of the year already gone (how time flies!), I figured now would be a great time to compile the Top 10 GIMP Tutorials of 2019 so far to showcase what has been everyone’s favorite tutorials. From turning any photo into a vector logo to creating clipping masks, and from live photo editing sessions to new feature spotlights, there are already tons of great videos to learn from. Without further delay, here are the top tutorials!

10. GIMP 2.10 Tutorial: Shadows-Highlights Feature

In this GIMP 2.10.8 tutorial, I provide a spotlight on the new Shadows-Highlights tool that was added in GIMP 2.10. This tool allows you to recover details in the darker (shadows) and lighter (highlights) parts of your image, providing more balanced lighting throughout a photo. This is a great way to correct inconsistently lit areas, or fix blown out or underexposed areas.


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9. GIMP 2.10 Live Photo Editing Session (Jan 25th) Cowgirl Up!

Number 9 on our list of Top 10 GIMP Tutorials of 2019 is a Live Photo Editing Session that was conducted on January 25th! I show you how to edit this photo from start to finish, improving the overall lighting, color, contrast, and general balance of the photo. This tutorial takes an average photo and makes it look professional!


8. Create Cinematic Color Grading with LUTs Using GIMP

The next tutorial on this list explores cinematic color grading using LUTs. For those of you who don’t know, LUTs, which stands for Look Up Tables, is a way to add and customize color presets to your photos to give them a dramatic and cinematic look. This tutorial shows you how to do just that using a free and popular plugin G’MIC.


7. How to Create Clipping Masks in GIMP 2.10

Clipping masks are an important concept in any photo editor as they allow you mask out multiple layers and create some awesome effects. In this tutorial, I define what a clipping mask is, how to create one in GIMP 2.10.8, and how to use it to blend two photos together and frame them in a shape. This is an easy technique to learn and one that allows you to step up your photo editing and manipulation skills!


6. How to Blur Backgrounds in GIMP 2.10 – Shallow Depth of Field Effect

The next tutorial on this list shows you how to add a shallow depth of field to your photographs. Depth of field is a concept in photography that essentially defines that area of an image that is in focus vs. the area of an image that is blurred or out of focus. More expensive lenses produce what’s called a shallow depth of field, given your backgrounds that nice blurred look and drawing attention to your subject. I show you a super easy technique for reproducing this effect in GIMP (no expensive lens needed) to help your models pop out in photos and make your photos have more depth.


5. Preparing Photos for Print in GIMP 2.10

Editing a photo for the web is one thing – but what if you want to print a photo on paper (you mean, bring your photos into the real world as tangible objects? Yes. You read that correctly)? GIMP, at the time of this tutorial, can only edit images in an RGB space, whereas a lot of printers print to CMYK (think of those pesky Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black ink cartridges you have to replace all the time). This tutorial shows you how to edit your images while in a CMYK preview mode (known as soft-proofing) while providing tips on how to get the best result for print.


4. GIMP 2.10 Advanced Color Correction with Levels Tool

If you follow my YouTube channel at all, you’ve seen plenty of tutorials where I color correct an image with the Color Balance Tool. Let me introduce you to a whole new world with this Advanced Color Correction tutorial featuring the Levels tool. The levels tool adds another dimension to your color correcting by allowing you to edit four different channels (value, red, green and blue). By editing these channels with a histogram, you can achieve some great colors in your images at real professional quality. There’s a reason this tutorial is already getting quite popular!


3. Turn Any Photo Into a Vector Logo in GIMP 2.10 (2019)

We have officially moved into the top 3 GIMP Tutorials of 2019! This tutorial covers the topic of converting any photo into a vector logo – a really powerful technique. I show you how this is done using the paths tool and some paint tools, while also laying out the text and format of the logo. So, this is essentially a two-in-one tutorial that can really boost your graphic design game.


2. GIMP 2019 Preview and GIMP 2018 Recap

Number 2 on the list is a GIMP 2019 preview I did at the very beginning of the year. This tutorial provides some news on GIMP’s development and what features one can expect in future versions, as well as a general timeline for the release of these future versions. Coming down the pipeline is GIMP 2.10.10, GIMP 3.0, and GIMP 3.x – which are the versions that are going to really push hard at rivaling Photoshop’s capabilities. You’ll see why I’m beginning to think that GIMP is growing into its own photo editing program – one that doesn’t always need to compare itself to Photoshop. Additionally, I provide a recap of my channel from 2018 and provide a glimpse into what’s ahead for Davies Media Design.


1. 10 Step Process for Editing Photos in GIMP

Making its way to number 1 on our list of the Top GIMP Tutorials of 2019 is my tutorial covering the 10 Step Process for Editing Photo in GIMP. This process, which I devised myself, makes using all of the photo editing and photo adjustment tools consistently to get the best out of your photos time and time again super easy. If you’re looking for a fool-proof and replicable way to edit your photos each time you open GIMP, then this is the tutorial for you. I also provide reasoning as to why I use certain tools at each stage of the process and how those tools effect the overall image. There is good reason why this is our most popular tutorial of the year to date!

That’s it for our Top 10 GIMP Tutorials of 2019! If you enjoyed this list, you can check out more GIMP Tutorials and How-to Articles on my Tutorials page, or visit my GIMP YouTube channel.

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