Making your subjects more prominent and stand out in the photos with gimp.

Lets first take a picture that we want to modify. We have done the corrections in the photo that are required like the curves, saturation and others. So, here is the photo after the modification. Now we will make the modification to make photo de-saturated other than the subject of interest.


Okay, now fire up gimp and open the image in gimp.Once the image is open, on the left bottom of the image, you will see a square. Click on the square and the whole image will become red. Now, select eraser tool and erase the color from the subject of interest.

After this step, the image in gimp should look like this.


After this, click on select and then select invert. With this, you have the whole background selected.

Apply de-saturate and you are done. Here is the final output from the above step. (Took me around 5-10 mins only)


Hope this helps you too 🙂 to make some of your photos stand out.

Fedora Photo

Create your own splash screen for gimp

Image via Wikipedia

Gimp allows you to set the splash screen very easily. All you need to do is copy the image to ~/.gimp-/splashes/. There is no limit on the size or color. You just copy all the images you like to have as splash and one of them would be randomly picked up from the said direcotory for the splash image.

Here is the snippet from the GIMP man page.

       GIMP comes with a default image for the splash screen but it allows system adminis-
       trators and users to customize the splash screen by  providing  other  images.  The
       image to be used with the splash screen is chosen as follows:

       1.     GIMP   tries   to   load   a   random   splash  screen  from  the  directory

       2.     It then falls back to using $HOME/.gimp-2.6/gimp-splash.png.

       3.     If the user didn\'t install any custom  splash  images,  a  random  image  is
              picked from /usr/share/gimp/2.0/splashes.

       4.     As   a   last  resort,  GIMP  uses  the  default  splash  image  located  at