There are many powerful F/OSS (free and open source software) tools that can be used for professional level photo retouching, GIMP being one of them. GIMP is more than capable of handling tasks that high level retouching requires. It even includes some capabilities that don’t exist in commercial software. This tutorial focuses on portrait retouching using a combination of RawTherapee, GIMP, and an incredibly useful plugin—Wavelet Decompose.
ABOUT PATRICK DAVID
Patrick David is a hobbyist photographer, digital tinkerer, and open source software advocate. He blogs (semi) regularly about using GIMP and F/OSS tools for high quality photographic retouching on his website under “Getting Around in GIMP”. You can find him at these online sites:
He is also the administrator of the GIMP Users Community on
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Issue #5 of GIMP Magazine arrives to the world on December 11th. This exciting issue is kicked off by master photographer and GIMP expert Patrick David. We have so much in store for you in our fifth installment. This is going to be amazing and fun at 90 pages of tutorials and more! Check out what’s inside:
- We have a feature article with Pat David displaying some innovative photography techniques (including the happiest baby ever!)
- Pat David also describes a very detailed tutorial about using RAW photography and GIMP together
- The master Christopher Mark Perez is also back sharing another master class with us
- We also have a special feature in this issue which is a cross over with the ever-popular “Meet the GIMP” website — this is an article revealing the Rolf’s photography challenge
- In addition to this we have a packed photography and design galleries with some pretty amazing works
- Steve Czajka reviews the quickly evolving marketplace of image manipulation software in an article that will make you rethink how you choose to manage your images
- To top it all up we have Debi Dalio providing a special review of Tux Paint for little ones who will eventually graduate to become new users of GIMP
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This is a call for submissions for Issue #6 of GIMP Magazine. We have been working hard on the writing, editing, layout and the production of Issue #5. We do not yet have a release date set for Issue #5, but I can tell you that it is on its way and it is pretty spectacular. Read on for more…
I want to thank everyone who has responded to our survey. We are seriously looking at establishing new goals for our magazine and these suggestions help us a great deal. Here are the results of the survey of roughly 100 respondents and our insights:
- About 85% of respondents rated Issue #4 as four stars or above. We are incredibly pleased with your rating of Issue #4. Continue reading