25 GIMP Video Tutorials to Help Get You Started

The GIMP is a very powerful, open source digital image editing application that rivals its commercial counterpart – Adobe Photoshop. Open source alternatives are great not only because they’re free, but because of the helpful community that typically surrounds them.

One of the quickest ways to pick up something new is by watching video tutorials. With that concept in mind, I’ve collected 25 awesome GIMP video tutorials geared to get you started, get you familiarized, and get you inspired. If you’re intrigued to try out GIMP after watching some of these videos, you can grab GIMP from their download page.


1. Gimp Basics

A showcase of some fundamental functions in GIMP.

Gimp Basics

2. The User Interface

A basic introduction to the interface to help you get started in exploring GIMP.

Photo Enhancement and Manipulation

3. Authentic Vintage Effect

A simple but beautiful photo effect based on a photoshop tutorial from Veerle’s blog.

Authentic Vintage Effect

4. Selective Decolorization

Change parts of of an image into grayscale, a technique known as "selective decolorization".

Selective Decolorization

5. Cracked Face Effect

Apply a cracking effect to your favorite photos.

Cracked Face Effect

6.Using Curves to Improve Contrast

Utilize the Curves tool to enhance the color contrast of digital images.

Using Curves

7. Streching shadows by using curves

Extend shadows in a photograph using the Curve tool.

Streching shadows by using curves

8. Create a Graduated Neutral Density Filter to Enhance Photos

Improve photos using the ND filter in GIMP.

Create a Graduated Neutral Density filter to Enhance Photos

9. Create a Sketch Effect

This tutorial shows you a speedy way to create a sketch effect on digital photos.

Create a sketch-effect

10. Skin Airbrushing

An excellent introduction to Selective Gaussian blur and the Quick Mask tool.

Skin Airbrushing


11. Improve Night Shots Using Curves

Use the Curves tool to digitally enhance night shots.


12. Turn a digital photo into Polaroid

Create a Polaroid border effect on images.

Turn a digital photo into Polaroid

13. Full Flare Control with The Gimp

Shows you how to create and control flares using the FlareFx effect.


14. Transform a Photo into Pop Art

An interesting photo tutorial on converting existing photos to mimic pop art.

Pop Art

15. Create a 3D Pop-out Effect

Make subjects seem like they’re popping out of a polaroid picture using this tutorial.

16. Eraser to Transparent Background Removal

A basic demonstration on how to remove the background of an image.

Remove Background

17. Semi-Advanced Photo Manipulation

This tutorial shows a few intermediate to advanced GIMP techniques.

Semi-Advanced Photo Manipulation

18. Quick Masking

How to use the Quick Mask tool to selectively colorize a flower.

Quick Masking

19. How To Change Hair Color

Showcases the Path tool.

How To Change Hair Color

20. Recolor Hair and Eyes

This is another demonstration on how to change hair color as well as eye color.

Recolor hair and eyes


Lettering and Graphics Creation

21. Transparent Glass Lettering

A glossy/glassy lettering effect adapted from an awesome photoshop tutorial by the Collis Ta’eed of PSDTUTS.

Transparent Glass Lettering

22. Create a 3D Web Browser

A tutorial on replicating this popular effect using GIMP.

Create a 3-D Web Browser

23. Realistic Water Droplets

Shows you how to make an almost photo-realistic water droplet.

Realistic Water Droplets

24. Fire Effects

Create flames from scratch.

Flame effect

25. Vector Land

* This video is no longer available. In this tutorial, you’ll see how to create the vector look-and-feel in GIMP.

Vector Land

Here’s some additional GIMP resources:

I hope you enjoyed this collection of video tutorials, and I hope I’ve encouraged some to at least try out and experiment with GIMP.

This was published on May 5, 2008


Abhijeet from Jeet Blog May 06 2008

Great Job Jacob ! This will help me a lot. I haven’t used GIMP till now. I use Snagit and other online photo editors. Lately I was thinking about shifting to GIMP and this is the ultimate resource which I was looking for ! :)

Daniele May 07 2008

Awesome collection, thanks! I have been using The GIMP for quite a while now and I am always searching for new tutorials and resourches. I am not a designer but I think that every designer should at least consider to give GIMP a try becouse it is a very powerful program.

Sorry for my English, I am Italian ;-)

Daniel May 10 2008

A great set of tutorials, there even useful for a seasoned pro.

sybillinux May 10 2008


Kasra May 11 2008

Thanks for the link!

kiirpi May 15 2008


Torsten Jun 02 2008

Great collection of links not only for GIMP starters.
Many thanks for your work.

saman khan Jun 13 2008

i am tryng to learn photoshop, and GIMP, really effective, i want to learn the basics and all regardng webdesigning…….thx for tutorials..

Yakov Jul 02 2008

Thanks. This is great!

P.Lloyd Jul 15 2008

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hulya'da bulusalim Jul 17 2008

so useful. thanks for sharing.

Nice work!

henry Dec 03 2008

Hey…great page. The last one, vectorland, isn’t there anymore. is it anywhere else? it doesn’t need to be video.
Just point and shoot. Thanks.

yhosi Jan 21 2009

tanks alot.. that’s greate job friend. nice collections.

– Gimp’s fine – I’m a photoshop user (more tutorials)- got gimp portable – and found it completely wonderfull. It’s actually no worse than photoshop – siriously – definetely try it !!! – … just like photoshop …

aone626 May 21 2009

can you make another vector look tutorial video the last one was removed.

Jacob Gube May 21 2009

@aone626: Unfortunately, that’s out of my control. I will update the post with a note that the video is no longer there, thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Daniela Jun 15 2010

my tool box is gone ): can someone plz help how to get it back?

Sharon Aug 08 2010

Finally, a group of Gimp Video Tutorials that are truly teaching something. Thank you.

Mahmudur Feb 11 2011

Nice collection of gimp video tutorials, Very useful for image editing professionals. I have download all and these are very useful for me. Thanks Jacob for sharing.

Jason LA Jun 22 2011

Very nice collection. Opened up my mind fully. These will definitely keep me busy!

@daniela If you haven’t figured this out yet, a fellow GIMP user posted this extremely helpful video on how to fix it:

Hope that helped.

I’m a frequent GIMP user, and I do tutorials on my website. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @alexstandiford or check out my blog.

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