Apply Lighting Effects to Images in GIMP

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Steps

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    You should have GIMP open and an image ready to use.
    For more information, refer to our tutorials on how to open GIMP and how to open existing documents in GIMP.
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    First, click "Filters" at the top left-hand side of the window.
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    Then, move the cursor to "Light and Shadow".
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    Click on "Lighting Effects..." from the menu that appears.
    A dialogue box will appear with a preview of the image.
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    Make sure that "Interactive" is checked.
    It means that each changed setting will be automatically shown on the preview.
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    You can click and drag the blue dot on the preview.
    This is the effect source.
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    In the "Options" tab, you can check or uncheck "Transparent Background", "New Image", or "High Quality Preview".
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    Next, you can change the "Distance" value by clicking and dragging the scrollbar.
    Alternatively, type the value that you want in the box on the right.
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    After that you can click the "Light" tab on the top of the dialogue box.
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    Now, you can click the drop-down menu under "Light Settings".
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    Click the light effect you want.
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    You can click the "Type" drop-down menu.
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    You can click the type then.
    It can be "None", "Directional", and "Point".
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    You can change "Color", "Intensity", and "Position" and "Direction" at different axes.
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    Check or uncheck "Isolate".
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    You can click "Save" and save the preset.
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    You can click "Open" and existing preset.
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    After that, click the "Material" tab.
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    Now, you can adjust the "Glowing", "Bright", "Shiny", and "Polished" options by typing in the value that you want in the box.
    Alternatively, click the arrows on the right. This effect might be very good for dark images if you want to add a stage-light effect. The spheres on each side of the options represent the effect.
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    Then, click the "Bump Map" and "Environment Map" tabs.
    It is recommended to avoid using these tabs if you're only just starting to use lighting effects. It can get too complicated.
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    If you are satisfied with the settings, then click "OK" to apply them to the image.
    A green bar will appear to show that the changes are being applied.
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