Episode 171: Nightmare Staircase

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While proofreading a new GIMP book as a “technical reviewer” I came across an interesting deviation of the presented recipe. Making a nightmarish effect.

It’s really easy, very flexible and you can learn a lot about some layer modes while playing around.

The original image is from my new Android phone, the quality is really good. So much progress in the last years. You can find it in the companion file and at Google+. ISO 1250, on a phone…..

The TOC by Kevin:

00:25 Welcome
01:30 The source image
02:24 Use the channel mixer to make a monochrome version of the image
04:05 Instead make the monochrome version using desaturate
04:40 Make blurred Hard Light and blurred Burn layers
07:48 Tidy up using the clone tool
08:45 The theory behind the burn layer mode
09:38 Make a test image to understand the burn layer mode
12:00 The theory behind Hard Light mode
14:00 Why were the layers blurred?
18:00 Remember to save your work
19:15 The End

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8 thoughts on “Episode 171: Nightmare Staircase

  1. Rolf,

    The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

    This is what I get when I go to download video.

  2. Try this for a TOC:

    http://blog.meetthegimp.org/episode-171-nightmare-staircase/
    Episode 171: Nightmare Staircase
    00:25 Welcome
    01:30 The source image
    02:24 Use the channel mixer to make a monochrome version of the image
    04:05 Instead make the monochrome version using desaturate
    04:40 Make blurred Hard Light and blurred Burn layers
    07:48 Tidy up using the clone tool
    08:45 The theory behind the burn layer mode
    09:38 Make a test image to understand the burn layer mode
    12:00 The theory behind Hard Light mode
    14:00 Why were the layers blurred?
    18:00 Remember to save your work
    19:15 The End

  3. Great effect, thanks a lot for sharing! It reminded me on the Orton effect or on the Dream effect. Applying blurred copies of the base image with different layer modes is very simple but seems to be a really powerful tool.

Anything to add from your side of the computer?