Color & enhance hand-drawn art thru GIMP

If you would like to digitally color and enhance things  that were hand-drawn on paper, you can do so by using the “Colors” menu in GIMP. The free-hand drawing created on paper can be photographed with a digital camera or it can be scanned with a scanner to obtain the desired “.jpg” format.

Here’s my free-hand drawing I created on paper using pencil colors.
HandDrawnFlower
The above drawing can be further colored and enhanced in the following manner.

Steps:

1) Select the image to be digitally colored. From the Colors menu, select Invert.

FlowerGIMPDialog

2) From the Colors menu, select Color Balance.

3) You see the “Adjust Color Balance” dialog box, choose the following settings, as shown in the picture below. Click Ok.

Flower-within-flowerDialog3

4) From the Colors menu, select Brightness-Contrast.

5) You see the “Adjust Brightness and Contrast” dialog box, choose the following settings, as shown in the picture below. Click Ok.

Flower-within-flowerDialog2

6) From the Colors menu, select Hue Saturation.

7) You see the “Adjust Hue/Lightness/Saturation” dialog box, choose the following settings, as shown in the picture below. Click Ok.

Flower-within-flowerDialog3

8) Here’s the colorful and enhanced version of the hand-drawn flower.

GIMPEnhancedFlower

9) You can further try and adjust Hue Saturation” to get different results. Here’s a close-up of the same.

upcloseFlowerBright

 

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