Make Your Photo Look Like a Hollywood Movie
Learn how to make your photographs look like they came straight out of Hollywood by following a couple of simple steps!
Note: This tutorial has been adapted for the GIMP from this Photoshop tutorial.
Alright, here's the picture:
Step 1: Lower the Saturation
Layer > Colors > Hue-Saturation. Set "Saturation" to about -55:
Step 2: Adjust the Curves
Layer > Colors > Curves. Play with the curves until you have something like this:
Step 3: Depth of Field
Duplicate the main layer. Apply a Gaussian Blur (Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur) of about 5 to the layer copy.
Now right click on the layer copy and select "Add Layer Mask". The defaults are fine; click OK.
Set your foreground color to black. Select the paintbrush tool (Shortcut: P) and choose a large brush (around 350px) with 0 hardness (make one if you have to). Make sure the layer mask you just created is selected. Choose a focus point and click on it to reveal the sharp layer below. You should have something like this now:
Step 4: Vignette
Create a new layer above all your other layers and fill with black. Set it at 70% opacity:
Select the eraser tool (Shift+E) with the big soft brush you were just using. Erase the middle of your black layer, leaving the sides in place to create a vignette effect:
Step 5: Add Noise
Flatten your image: Image > Flatten Image.
Then go to Filters > Noise > Scatter RGB. I used the following settings:
Step 6: Aspect Ratio
If you want to give it the final touch, add two black rectangles at the top and bottom using the Rectangular Select (R) and Fill (Shift+B) tools:
You can go further and chance the "mood" of the shot by going to Layers > Colors > Color Balance. This one was made by dragging the slider toward cyan for Shadows, Midtones and Highlights: