Mannequins in black hat

Mannequin in black hat

The first time I tried Gimp’s map filter it was not a success. I used it on a frontal close up of a photographic portrait and the features mushed into each other producing two overlapping mouths. Which would have been swell if I was aiming for a deformed clown look.

My second try was on the photo above of the single mannequin.  I was Initially drawn to the the strong shapes and rhythmic curves of the mannequin’s dramatic black hat and streamers. But I found the final photograph to be a little lackluster. It needed some oomph. . .   Enter the map filter. Unlike my first try, this image appeared better suited to the mapping process.  Strong, clean and simple with a limited color palette, the photo’s shapes were surrounded by plenty of open space.  

After flattening the layers, I selected the “Make Seamless”  mapping mode, and clicked on the filter.  Some filters take so long to crawl through their paces, they can drive you bonkers. But Gimp’s map filter was happily not in that camp.  In a flash the mapped results appeared (above). And Wow — the transformation was far more dynamic than I could have imagined. Accentuating the composition’s curves and rhythms, the filter also softened the image and added highlights with overlaying transparent fields.

Usually when experimenting with filters it takes a few tries to produce an optimum result. In this case, however, Gimp came through with a winner on the first pass.

Still exploring Gimp software,  I have tons more filters to investigate in this software’s impressive collection. Stay tuned…


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