How to Use Gimp for Re-Touching Baby Photos

Written by Allen Brown.

How to Use Gimp for Re-Touching Baby Photos

Gimp is an open-source, free raster graphics software that allows everyone to retouch their images. From complex image manipulation and transcoding between different image formats to simple free-form drawing and image editing, Gimp can be used to complete several specialized tasks. This comes in handy when you’re editing photos as an amateur, especially if you’re just touching up family photos. For a collage of photos, you can use Adobe Express free collage maker, too. If you’re taking amateur baby shots, Gimp is a good option. To learn how you can use Gimp for basic photo retouching, read through this guide.

Rotating Your Image
Gimp’s rotation tool is used for more than just your average 90-degree rotations. It is a tool that can help you straighten out your image if it’s leaning towards one side. To fix this common issue, turn on the grid’s visibility by clicking on ‘view’ and then on ‘show grid’. This step is not necessary, but it will help you to accurately fix the perspective of your image. If you took a shot of your baby with a rotated angle, you can either flip it entirely or use the rotation tool to fix the angle. Make sure you crop out any blank corners after you’re done. After that, you can adjust the size of the grid by going to ‘image,’ and then to ‘configure grid’. Afterward, go to the toolbox and find the rotation button. After the tool’s setting window appears, you can adjust the angle by either dragging the slider or typing in the degree that you want it to tilt. You also have the option to re-position the rotation center by typing it in or by dragging the image.

Cropping and Applying Guidelines
After using the rotation tool to straighten your baby shots or adjust their perspective, some parts of the canvas may become blank. Since this doesn’t look appealing, you can fix your image by cropping out the empty canvas parts. Select the ‘crop’ tool from the toolbox and drag the selector over the parts of the image that you want to keep. The parts that will be cropped out will become shaded.

For baby photos, it’s best to use the square selection tool, leaving out the majority of the background. This will create a zooming effect and will make baby photos stand out. When you are done, click on the image to confirm. If you are worried that cropping your image can ruin its composition, you can apply guides for reference. For instance, if you want your image to be symmetrical, you can apply a guideline at 50%. Guidelines can be selected from the image window which will take you to the main menu. Then, click on ‘image,’ ‘guides,’ and then ‘new guide by percent.’

Working on Layers
We suggest that you work on layers while retouching. This is because it will be easier to go back to the previous version, or undoing a certain action without having to restart the whole retouching process. To apply layers, make sure that the layers dock is visible, or click on ‘windows,’ then ‘dockable’ to open it. Click on the blank page icon to add new layers, click on the two squares icon to duplicate the current layer, or get rid of it by dragging it to the paper shredder icon. You can also go to the layer’s tab and undo the steps one by one if you don’t want to delete the whole layer. If the tab that keeps a record of all your recent actions is not visible, you can open it from ‘windows,’ then ‘dockables’.

Adjusting the Colors
Right-click on your image to find the colors menu, in which you can find several adjustment tools. This always comes in handy when baby photos are too bright or if they were taken in dim lighting. Adjusting the hues, lightness, and saturation of the image are just a few things that you can do in the colors menu. These tools will make your baby shots stand out. According to, you will not need to book a professional photoshoot for majestic photos of your baby in one of their prams. You can just use the ‘levels’ option for a more sophisticated editing experience and get professional-looking photos with a few clicks

Using Levels
The levels tool can greatly transform your image. By using levels, you can adjust your image’s color balance and tonal range. Various modifications can be made using different methods from the same window. For example, you can drag the slider or enter your desired values. You can also use the eyedropper to set the brightest and darkest tones, as well as the middle tones. There is also an auto-mode option. You can use either method to adjust the levels of your image, depending on what you are aiming for. You can also check the preview box to see how your changes look like before you confirm and apply them.

Applying Filters
There are a variety of filters that you can apply to your image, ranging from simple to more sophisticated ones. You can use them on yourself as well as on your baby to create fun and memorable images to hang. To apply a filter, go to the main menu and select ‘filters’.

Multiple Windows
You can use the multiple windows mode by selecting ‘windows’ from the menu, then unchecking ‘single-window mode.’ This will allow you to compare your original image, to the one you’re editing easily, as you can have them side-by-side.

How to Use Gimp for Re-Touching Baby Photos

Gimp is an awesome free software that can allow you to work magic on your baby images. To teach you how to use it for basic image retouches, we put together a simple, comprehensive guide. Now you can have expertly edited baby shots that look professional with some tweaking that will preserve your memories while making them look impeccable.

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