Apply Lighting Effects to Images in GIMP

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    You should have GIMP open and an image ready to use
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    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
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    A dialogue box will appear with a preview of the image.
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    Make sure that "Interactive" is checked
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    A green bar will appear to show that the changes are being applied.
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