How to add a texture in Gimp


A texture can really take your picture to the next level. Whether you add it to a photograph or a drawing. It can add light, warmth, ... Anything you want basically. It is something really easy, but still gives an amazing effect. But how do you add such an effect to your drawing?

1. Open your drawing in Gimp

First things first scan your drawing and open it in photo editing software. Most people use photoshop, which is the best software on the market. But if you are not a professional artist - like me - and you are not willing to invest in software that expires every couple of months, then Gimp is a good alternative. It is basically a free but legal version of photoshop. You can download it here.

2. Look for a texture

A texture is an image with texture - obviously. If that explanation didn't make any sense to you. Here is a picture of the texture I used for this drawing. Because, as we all know, a picture says more than a thousand words!
You can make your own texture, but it is far easier to find a free one on the internet. Just use this great tool called Google and look for: 'texture'. You know how that works, right ;-)

When choosing a texture, you don't have to look at the colours, because those can be edited later. You cannot however change the texture of the photograph. So make sure to find exactly what you want or just try several times. Trial and error is an approved method.

3. Open your texture in Gimp

So now your drawing and your texture are opened in Gimp. Go to the window in which you have opened the texture and choose 'select all'. Now copy the entire image by typing ctrl+C - for Mac users cmd+C will do the trick.

Once you have done that, paste your image on your drawing. Now make your pasted texture into a layer. You can do that by clicking on your 'floating selection' and click on 'make layer'. When you have a layer you can easily resize or turn your texture exactly the way you want.

So now you see that your new layer covers your entire drawing. To change it to an actual texture you have to change the mode of your layer. Change the mode of the layer to 'Overlay' and that is that. You are done!

4. Some minor adjustments?

If you are not happy with for example the color your drawing has now, there are a few ways to adjust that.
You change the color of your texture.
If you are not happy with the lighting. You can play with the contrast or the levels of your picture.

I hope this was helpful. I am sorry my Gimp software is in Dutch. Gimp will not allow you to change the language settings once the software is installed. But hopefully everything was clear. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below and I will be happy to help you!

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