Use Difference of Gaussians Effect on Images in the GIMP Application

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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".
    It's in the horizontal menu at the top of the window.
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    Move the cursor to "Edge-Detect" in the menu.
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    In the expanded menu that appears, click "Difference of Gaussians...".
    A dialogue box will appear with a preview of your image.
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    You can click and drag the preview or click the scrollbars and arrows to navigate the preview.
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    If you cannot see the preview, ensure that the "Preview" box in the dialogue window is checked.
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    Before changing any values, you can change the measurement unit by clicking the unit drop-down menu.
    Then, click a measurement unit.
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    You can change the "Radius 1" and "Radius 2" values in "Smoothing Parameters".
    You can do it by typing numbers into the text box or by clicking the up and down arrows.
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    You can click the chain to connect or disconnect the values.
    The icon is on the right side of the text boxes. It links "Radius 1" and "Radius 2" values. The chain is currently disconnected, so you can change both values separately. You will see the preview update when you click the other text box or when you press the "Tab" key on the keyboard.
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    You can also check or uncheck the "Normalize" and "Invert" options.
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    If you are satisfied with your settings, click "OK" to apply the changes to the image.
    This effect will create an outline that is not as simple as a black-and-white outline.
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