Fun with Filters: G’MIC for GIMP (Part 3)

20b_graphicboostContinuing from part 2 and our look at fun postwork effects you can add to your 3D artwork using the G’MIC plug-in. Right now we are still looking at the Artistic category of filters, which have some of the most interesting results from the point of view of a digital artist. In Part 1 we looked at Anguish through to Cartoon, and in Part 2 we have examples of Chalk It Up through the rest of the C and D filters to Ellipsionism.

Here we’ll start again at F and look at Felt Pen through to Morphology Painting.

Felt Pen
You can get some nice, clean results with this filter. Because I’m working with tiny example images, I turned the amplitude way down in the left-hand image. In the close-up to the right I instead turned up the smoothness.

Felt Pen

Felt Pen

Felt pen (Close)

Felt pen (Close)


Finger Painting
One of the newer additions, the Finger Painting filter is fun and even has its own tutorial. I couldn’t get a result I liked with the full figure example (the small size is a challenge) but love the way the close-up turned out. Kind of art deco.

Finger Painting

Finger Painting

Finger Painting (Close)

Finger Painting (Close)


Fractalize
You won’t get the same result twice with this one. Unfortunately that does mean if you love the preview, you won’t actually get the same result. Turn up the detail level if it’s all a bit too abstract for your liking. I never thought I’d use it myself but seeing it here I like the results.

Fractalize

Fractalize

Fractalize (Close)

Fractalize (Close)


Granular Texture
I don’t know if it’s what the creator was going for, but I get an embossed leather feel from this one.

Granular Texture

Granular Texture

Granular Texture (Close)

Granular Texture (Close)


Graphic Boost
I love Graphic Boost! On the left you see how good it looks without changing a single setting. On the right I’ve made some minor adjustments for a new look.

Graphic Boost

Graphic Boost

Graphic Boost (Close)

Graphic Boost (Close)


Graphic Novel
Graphic Novel is a little masterpiece of a filter by PhotoComiX with loads of options for a custom look. It sits next to Graphic Boost and I often head for these two filters first. I wouldn’t be surprised if they become your faves too. (I used the Freeze mixer option for the one on the right and liked the bold result.)

Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel (Close)

Graphic Novel (Close)


Hope Poster
Just as the name says, this is the iconic Hope Poster look. I didn’t change any of the settings from default here.

Hope Poster

Hope Poster

Hope Poster (Close)

Hope Poster (Close)


Kuwahara
Stay around the default settings for the optimum results with this one, or restrict it to certain channels for a variety of results. Defaults are shown here.

Kuwahara

Kuwahara

Kuwahara (Close)

Kuwahara (Close)


Lylejk’s Painting
Dial this back to preserve detail in smaller images, such as the one on the left, and get some vibrant, impressionistic results. The one on the right shows output from the default settings.

Lylejk's Painting

Lylejk’s Painting

Lylejk's Painting (Close)

Lylejk’s Painting (Close)


Make Squiggly
This filter does exactly what it says in the name at default values. However, play with those settings and you can get some alternative results (on the right) that have a watercolour feel.

Make Squiggly

Make Squiggly

Make Squiggly (Close)

Make Squiggly (Close)


Morphology Painting
The one on the left uses the ‘Opening’ method. The one on the right used the default ‘Dilation’.

Morphology Painting

Morphology Painting

Morphology Painting  (Close)

Morphology Painting (Close)


Part 4 will take us through the remaining Artistic G’MIC filter subset, from Painting to Whirl Drawing.


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