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Step 1: Create a Duplicate Layer: Use Edge Detect
- Go to FILE and OPEN the selected image.
- Go to WINDOWS and select DOCKABLE DIALOGS. From the drop-down window, select LAYERS.
- A new layers window will open up. Click on the overlapping photo icon in the layers window to DUPLICATE LAYER. Alternately, go to the LAYERS tab and select DUPLICATE LAYER.
- Select the new, duplicate layer.
- Go to FILTERS, then select EDGE-DETECT. From the drop down window, select EDGE.
- A pop-up window will appear. Verify the chosen algorithm is SOBEL (this should be the default) and then select BLACK among the three options (smear and wrap are the other options).
Step 2: Invert Colors and Divide
- Go to the LAYER WINDOW and change the mode from "normal" to DIVIDE.
- The photo will now appear in its final cartoon form. Go to FILE and select SAVE AS. Save the image with an identifying name.
Troubleshooting: My Cartoon Is Too Light
If the final cartoon drawing is too light, simply apply the edge detect/edge/sobel filter once more on the duplicate layer.
- Click on the duplicate layer and select FILTERS, EDGE DETECT, and EDGE.
- When the pop-up window appears, verify the settings are for SOBEL and BLACK. Click OK.
- The cartoon will become more vibrant. Repeat this process as many times as needed to create the desired look.
Experiment and Have Fun
By desaturating the final, cartoonized image, the picture will resemble a pencil-drawn sketch. Try changing the hue and saturation of the layers to achieve a different look with each cartoonized photograph: make each image unique!
Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on January 29, 2011:
I really need to do a quick tutorial on the layer window feature, with a description of where everything is! It took me a long time to figure out the GIMP, but once you get used to using the layer window, you can do almost anything.
WoodsmensPost from Arizona on January 28, 2011:
Very good, I just applied it to a photo using this guide. What a remarkable photo I have now. Thanks!!!!!
I have been trying to find a way to do this one for along time. The only part that tripped me up was the invert and divide:
1.Go to the LAYER WINDOW and change the mode from "normal" to DIVIDE.
I was having trouble finding the drop down box in the window with the visible layers. Otherwise it was a snap!!! Thanks again WP!!!!!
Leah Lefler (author) from Western New York on January 28, 2011:
It is really fun. With the black and white line drawings, you can create personalized coloring pages for kids (they really like coloring pictures of themselves)!
Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 27, 2011:
How interesting Leah - this is something I could probably use!