Making Photos Look More Dramatic/Sexy

Posted by kasrak
Created Jun 8, 2007
Category Special Effects
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Here is a technique for exaggerating the light and shadows in your pictures.

Step 1: Open your image. For this tutorial, we'll be using this photo from Flickr by ruguay:

Step 2: Duplicate the image's layer 3 times so you end up with 4 identical layers:

Step 3: Select the first duplicated layer (I've called it "No red"). Then go to Colors > Components > Channel Mixer (It's Filters > Colours > Channel Mixer for GIMP 2.2). Make the settings in your channel mixer match the following and click OK:

Step 4: Now select your second duplicated layer ("No green") and repeat the Channel Mixer procedure again; except this time, set Red to 200, Green to -200 and Blue to 200.

Step 5: Select the final duplicated layer ("No blue") and again repeat the Channel Mixer procedure: Red: 200, Green: 200, Blue -200

Step 6: Set all the duplicated layers' modes to Overlay. You're done!

If your image looks too dramatic, you can experiment with different opacity levels for the duplicated layers. Enjoy.


  1. Jun 12, 2007, nuomi said:

    Thanks kasrak, this is exactly what I want

  2. Jun 13, 2007, kasrak said:

    Glad it helped you!

  3. Jul 12, 2009, paucolpitts2 said:

    This is brill. Suppose I wanted to apply the finished effect to a bunch of photos - do I need to go through the process step by step each time?

  4. Aug 31, 2009, NyuNyu said:

    Thanks, this worked great :]

  5. Aug 28, 2010, Xerox said:

    Its not how i expected it to turn out, but i loved it it gave my picture i nice shadow thanks

  6. Jan 23, 2013, juicyvanil said:

    can you please tell me step by step how to put date on a picture thank you

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