Make Sketch Look From Picture

I've been using gimp 2.4.6 for about 2 month and i really like i decided to make my first tutorial of gimp.This tutorial demonstrates a simple way to make a sketch look from picture using Gimp.


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It is often used as a free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop, the most widely used bitmap editor in the printing and graphics industries; however, it is not designed to be a Photoshop clone.If you would like to download Gimp, go to

1.You need to select an image which is bright in color. Regardless of any image you want to select.Just make sure that if the image is not bright.. increase the brightness and contrast a bit. Now lets begin.I use stock images on They have a great selection of images that are free and have good resolution.

2.The first thing you will have to do is change the image mode to grayscale.Go to Image>Mode>Grayscale.

3.Duplicate the background layer and rename it as photocopy.

4.Go to Filter>Artistic>Photocopy.We will apply to the layer.Change the photocopy layer mode to lighten only.

5.Now we will duplicate again the background image(the original image) and put it above other layer.Rename it as Cartoon layer.

6.Go to Filter>Artistic>Cartoon and apply this filter to the cartoon layer.and change the layer mode to Overlay.

7.Once again duplicate the background layer(original layer)and put it above the other layer and rename it as Blur because after this i'll apply gaussian blur effect.Go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur.
Change the Blur layer mode to Burn.

8.Duplicate again the background layer(original layer) and rename it as motion blur.Put it to the top.Go to Filters>Blur>Motion Blur.after that apply Motion Blur filter and change the mod layer to Burn. (Click the image to see the Motion Blur value that i used).

9.The Result.

another result

hope you enjoy my post

13 Responses to "Make Sketch Look From Picture"

Anonymous said... August 1, 2008 at 3:09 PM

i tried it on multiple pictures, but it doesn't work.

it fails

Putera Aladdin said... August 7, 2008 at 2:15 PM

can u gives me more detail? said... August 27, 2008 at 1:47 AM

Caya lar, akak wat jadik.

Bole tak aladin wat tut on overexposed picture. Having searching high and low for that tut. Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said... September 29, 2008 at 10:34 AM

In "8.Duplicate again the background layer(original layer) and rename it as motion blur.Put it to the top.Go to Filters>Blur>Motion Blur.after that apply the filter and change the mod layer to Burn."

what does it means "after that apply the filter", apply what filter? Blur filter?

And after step 8, I have only 5 layers, but you have shown 6 layers. and what do you do with all these 5 layers. My Gimp image only shows "motion Blur layer" image, and did not auto-combine with all other layers. Do I have to manually combine with other layers? and how to do it and what other layers should I combine with?

My great appreciation to yous answer.

L. Garcia

Anonymous said... October 17, 2008 at 4:45 AM

Nice man..thanks for the tutorial..i like the result...

feathervane said... October 20, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Woohoo! You rock man. I like your tutorial very much. Already subscribed to your feed. Looking forward to see high quality GIMP tutorials.

Putera Aladin said... October 24, 2008 at 1:15 PM


in steps 8,apply motion blur to the layer..

and you do not need to combine all these layers,just playing with the layer mod and u'll sure get the same result as mine..

Putera Aladin said... October 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

@ feathervane

thanks you..

Rahman said... November 4, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Thanks Hafidz..some works differently on Mac's

Putera Aladin said... November 5, 2008 at 1:35 AM

owhh..i u use mac and got different result from me? i'm using windows..can u post ur result? i wanna see..

aleh said... December 20, 2008 at 4:45 AM

superb..simple technique..great result..

rize said... May 1, 2009 at 7:53 AM

Very nice tutorial ..
hey i will be very thankfull if u create a fireline tutorial using GIMP

Anonymous said... June 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

really awesome, lets try..hope u continuously post informative info for us..

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