I don’t have Instagram. I don’t have an igadget, and I don’t intend to acquire an igadget. And while I don’t know that I’ll actually use Instagram if they ever decide to create an Android version, I hate not having access to free things. So I decided that I may as well start playing around in Gimp and see whether I could match their filters.
This was harder than expected because Instagram images rarely have a “before” shot. I believe the old version of Instagram didn’t bother saving the original, which didn’t help anything. But before I got too frustrated I ran across a set of Instagram samples, which made the filters much easier to study.
So here are a few Gimped-up pictures I’ve created recently. I left off borders, and in some cases vignetting. I could add them, I suppose.
My version of Gotham. One of them anyway – I played around a lot and have a few versions of this image tucked away. Gotham is supposed to be black and white, but I find black and white boring, so I exaggerated the slight color cast to create something I find more appealing.
Toaster, which actually got me playing with curves. And texture. Why doesn’t Gimp come with a linen texture? Is ridiculous. It’s easy enough to add new ones, but it’s still ridiculous. Though actually I ended up not using the pattern fill after all.
One blogger called Poprocket “the Comic Sans of photography,” and I can’t say I blame him. Nor am I wholly satisfied with this rendition. But it makes my brother look funny, and that’s always a good thing.
Walden was actually pretty simple, mostly because I tried it before I found the technical samples and didn’t know about the gradient and the texturing and whatnot. But I still like this picture.
This isn’t an Instagram filter at all. At least, I don’t think so. I was playing around with different methods for adding texture, without even intending to save the results, and the image just came together beautifully. So I played with the background until I got something I liked and saved it off.
And those are my recent adventures in Gimp. I am having fun.