How to Make a Poser Character's Skin Glow Using GIMP

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    • 1). Render the picture. If your figure has blonde or light colored hair, render it onto a black background. If your figure has black or dark colored hair, render him onto a white background. Save the file as a jpeg document.

    • 2). Go to the File drop down menu, and open the Poser picture in GIMP.

    • 3). Go to the tools window and select the "Wand". Then towards the bottom you will notice a set of Modes, select the third red square from the left. This is the subtract option.

    • 4). Hold the Shift key down and use your mouse to select the black background. You should then see a white moving line around the character. Don’t be alarmed this is what you want.

    • 5). Go to the Edit drop down menu and select "Copy", and then "Paste As New". This will paste the background minus your character into a new document.

    • 6). Go to the "Edit" drop down menu and select "Cut". This will take out the background all together. This will leave you with a bright white background which is what you want. Hence, if you are using a white background it will appear that nothing has changed.

    • 7). Go to the "Layer" drop down menu and select "Duplicate Layer".

    • 8). In order to see the Layers window, go to the "Dialogs" drop down menu and select "Layers".

    • 9). Double click on the duplicate layer name and change it to "soften", "glow" or something other than the default name.

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      Go to the "Filters" drop down menu and select "Blur" and then "Gaussian Blur".

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      Change the Blur Radius to 20, and make sure that the Blur Method is IIR.

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      Make sure you have the new layer selected and then change the mode from "Normal" to "Screen". Leave the opacity at 100.

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      Making sure you have the layer you just changed and then duplicate the layer.

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      Select the new layer, click and change it’s name as well.

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      Change the Mode to Overlay, and the Opacity to 60.

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      Now, you have two options, you can go to the "Image" drop down menu and select "Flatten", and then save the image as a jpeg. While you can cut and paste the old black background if you used a black background onto your new image, I personally prefer the white background.


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