Replicating Adjustment Layer in Gimp




As we all know, Gimp doesn't have an adjustment layer, but that doesn't mean you can't archive those effects non-destructively in Gimp and you can even replicate 40–50% of Photoshop's adjustment layer.

You can replicate adjustment layers by using blending modes. As you know, Gimp has lots of blending modes, I mean more than Photoshop.

Before we begin with the article, let me be clear on one thing: this method does not create a full copy of Photoshop's adjustment layer, but only several important ones.

Darken (Levels, Curves, Exposure)

To darken an image you might use levels, curves, or exposure adjustment layers, but to recreate this exact darkening effect you can use plenty of darkening blending to do that, but my recommendation is to multiply.

To replicate this adjustment layer.

Step 1. Create a new layer


Step 2. Fill it with black



Step 3. Change blending mode to multiply



Step 4. Reduce the opacity to adjust the darkening effect.



Brighten (Exposure , Curves and Levels)

Step 1. Create a new layer



Step 2. Fill it with white



Step 3. Change blending mode to overlay



Step 4. Reduce the Opacity to Adjust the Effect



Contrast (Levels, curves, and brightness and contrast)

Step 1. Duplicate the layer



Step 2. Change the blending mode to Overlay



Step 3. Reduce the opacity to adjust the effect.


Color Match (Color Balance, Curves)

Step 1. Create a New Layer


Step 2. Use a color picker tool with a high average sample rate (pick the area where the image is not too bright and not too dark).


Step 3. Fill the sampled color on the new layer


Step 4. Change the blending mode to Lch Color


Step 5. Reduce the opacity to adjust the effect


Invert

 Step 1. Create a new layer


Step 2. Fill it with white



Step 3. Change Blending mode to Difference




Black and White

Step 1. Create a new layer


Step 2. Fill it with black 


Step 4. Change blending mode to LCH Color (If you reduce the opacity, then you can also use this method to desaturate your images).




Replicate Clipping mask

In Photoshop, when you create an adjustment layer, you often need that adjustment layer to only affect certain layers. You often use a clipping mask for that.
 
 
Gimp doesn't have any features named "clipping mask," but Gimp does have similar features. And that is the layer group. Layer group with blending modes works very similarly to the clipping mask, and that is good because every effect in the article is achieved using blending modes.


To achieve the similar effect 


Step 1. Create a layer group 



Step 2. Put The layer and the effect layer to the layer group






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