A gallery of 130+ Gimp filters/effects examples

Summary: This page shows over 130 examples of what you can accomplish with filters and other effects in Gimp. If you know how to use Gimp and just want a reference page of what the effects look like, I hope these examples are helpful.

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Gimp filters

There are so many filters available with Gimp — and no simple way to preview them all — that I forget what they all look like. To help with this problem, I created this page as a “Gimp filters cheat sheet” to help remind me of what all the filters look like.

As a result, this page shows over 130 examples of Gimp effects that are applied one at a time to a photograph I took of Denali when I lived in Talkeetna, Alaska. I put the name of each filter/effect to the right of each image.

Note that these are “one at a time” effects; you can combine filters together to achieve an infinite number of possible effects. Also, most of these effects have different controls that you can adjust; in most cases here I have just used the default values.

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The original image

Before showing all the different Gimp effects, here’s the original image:

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Artistic effects

These examples show the effects you can find under the Filters > Artistic menu:


artistic > apply canvas


artistic > cartoon


artistic > cubism


artistic > gimpressionist

(There are many Gimpressionist options.)


artistic > glass tile


artistic > oilify


artistic > photocopy


artistic > predator


artistic > softglow


artistic > van gogh


artistic > weave

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Beautify

These are examples of the filters you can find under Filters > Beautify > Beautify.


beautify > art > color pencil


beautify > art > life sketch


beautify > art > relief


beautify > art > sketch


beautify > black and white


beautify > fashion > astral


beautify > fashion > pick light


beautify > gradient > beam gradient


beautify > gradient > rainbow gradient


beautify > gradient > sunset gradient


beautify > invert


beautify > lomo > recall


beautify > lomo > retro


beautify > smart color


beautify > smart color (50) + strong contrast (20)


beautify > studio > abao


beautify > studio > cold blue

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Blur

These are examples of the filters you can find under the Filters > Blur menu:


blur > blur


blur > focus blur


blur > pixelize (3 pixels)


blur > pixelize (rectangular selection)


blur > gaussian blur

In the next image I (a) quickly selected the trees, (b) inverted that selection, then did a Gaussian blur on the background. This is a really nice technique to use when you have people in the foreground and stuff in the background that you don’t care about. The result in this case is that the trees look sharp, and the background is blurred:


gaussian > blur (background blur only)

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Combine

This is an example of an effect under the Gimp Filters > Combine menu:


combine > filmstrip of several images

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Decor

These images show the effects under the Filters > Decor menu:


decor > coffee stain


decor > fuzzy border


decor > old photo


decor > perspective reflection


decor > rounded corners


decor > slide

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Distorts

These images show examples from under the Gimp Filters > Distorts menu:


distort > apply lens


distort > blinds


distort > curve bend


distort > emboss


distort > erase every other row


distort > iwarp (move down)


distort > iwarp - swirl


distort > lens distort (main +45)


distort > lens distort (main -45)


distort > lens (edge, negative)


distort > mosaic (many options)


distort > mosaic (squares)

(I should have made the next two images “transparent” PNGs. The lines/stripes are because I did not do that.)


distort > page curl


distort > polar coordinates


distort > ripple (many options)


distort > shift horizontal


distort > value propagate (many options)


distort > video, striped


distort > waves (many options)


distort > whirl and pinch


distort > wind (many options)

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Edge detect

These examples show the effects under the Gimp Filters > Edge menu:


edge > detect edge


edge > detect neon


edge > detect sobel

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Generic


generic > dilate


generic > erode

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Light and Shadow

These examples are under the Filters > Light and Shadow menu:


light-shadow > gradient flare, bright star


light-shadow > gradient flare


light-shadow > lens flare


light-shadow > lighting effects, default


light-shadow > lighting effects, drop shadow


light-shadow > lighting effects, more glowing, less shiny


light-shadow > lighting effects, sparkle


light-shadow > lighting-effects, supernova


light-shadow > lighting-effects, xach effect

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Map

These examples show the effects under the Filters > Map menu:

map > bump map (many options)

map > displace, cartesian

map > displace, pinch, polar smear

map > fractal trace

map > illusion (2)

map > illusion (7)

map > make seamless

map > map to object, cylinder

map > map to object, sphere

map > resynthesize

map > small tiles

map > warp (default)

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Noise

These examples show the filters under the Filters > Noise menu:

noise > hsv noise

noise > hurl (low values)

noise > noise generator, gauss (13)

noise > noise generator, laplace(9)

noise > noise generator, lorentz(2,5)

noise > noise generator, photons

noise > pick (higher values)

noise > pick

noise > rgb noise

noise > slur (5 times)

noise > spread(6)

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Render

These example show the effects under the Filters > Render menu:

render > clouds > difference clouds

render > clouds > fog

render > clouds > plasma (as a layer)

render > clouds > solid noise (as a layer)

render > lava (as a layer)

render > lava

render > line nova (more options)

render > nature > flame

render > pattern > grid

render > pattern > jigsaw

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Rip border

These examples show the effects under the Filters > Beautify > Border > Rip Border menu:

rip-border > 1

rip-border > 4

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Simple Border

These examples show the effects under the Filters > Beautify > Border > Simple Border menu:

simple-border > 18

simple-border > 2

simple-border > 25

simple-border > 27

simple-border > 3

simple-border > 5

simple-border > 6

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Texture Border

These examples show the effects under the Filters > Beautify > Border > Texture Border menu:

texture-border > 1

texture-border > 8

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Gimp Script-Fu

Paul Sherman at gimphelp.org has kept many of the Script-Fu scripts running. (You have to install these scripts manually, and I’ll write about that process soon.) I run into errors when running some of the scripts with Gimp 2.8 on Mac OS X, but these scripts work well:

effects > reflection

photo > pastel portrait

sketch > line sketch

sketch > pastel sketch

sketch > pencil sketch

sketch > pencil sketch(2)

sketch > quick sketch

sketch > roy lichtenstein

sketch > synthetic edges

sketch > toned line art

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Tools

There are a million things you can do with the tools in Gimp. Here is just one example (so far), showing the effect of the Smudge tool across the trees:

tools > smudge

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More examples

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite (and offer a little inspiration), click the following link (or image) for even more examples of Gimp filters and effects.

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Summary

I hope these examples of Gimp filters are helpful. I’ll add more filters over time, especially the Script-Fu filters I just downloaded. In the meantime, if you use Gimp and can’t remember what all of those filters do, I hope these examples are helpful.

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Comments

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Hello,
Really great work! I was searching the Internet and that it was I was searching. Very useful material.

Best Regards,
Robert

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Just wanted to say thank you for putting this together, this was a super helpful article! I've bookmarked it for quick reference in the future!

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I really appreciate all the work you did to share all these possibilities with the rest of us--it's wonderful!

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A really useful and inspiring page.
thanks again.