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Five Interesting GIMP Filters

Oct 31, 2009, 20:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

The emboss filter creates an etched rock picture transformation. Figure 1 shows one of the local buildings in my city. Does anybody recognize the building and location? It's near a famous vacation spot. The picture was taken with a Nikon D80 DSLR camera using an 18-200 mm VR zoom lens and is a 3.2 MB JPEG image. Figure 2 shows the building after running the "emboss" filter. Load your photo into The Gimp and click on the Filters drop-down menu. Move down to distorts and select emboss. A window will pop up with settings that you can change. If you check the preview box, you can see the effect, before you do any processing.

"Emboss filter lets you change azimuth, elevation, and depth. Increasing the azimuth makes the picture look more like a cartoon. Changes in elevation and depth, naturally, affect the chiseling effect.

Can you see yourself as a jigsaw puzzle. You could process the photo with the jigsaw filter, make an 8 x 10 inch print at the photo shop, glue it to some cardboard, then cut it out. Yes, it's not really that practical. It might be an inexpensive rainy day activity for your kids. They always enjoy doing those kinds of projects."

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