Let’s get started. Open your image in GIMP and follow these four quick and easy steps:
Create a duplicate layer
You can create a duplicate layer in three ways. First, you can select Layer>Duplicate Layer from the menu toolbar. Second, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Ctrl+D. Third, as pictured below, by clicking the Duplicate Layer icon in the Layers Dialog.
Apply an edge detect filter
With your copy selected, from the menu toolbar select Filters>Edge-Detect>Edge. This will open a dialog box like you see pictured above. Select Sobel, set the amount to 1.0 and click the Black radio button. For stronger cartoonification, you may want to set your Sobel amount to 2.0.
Invert the image
Now let’s turn our image inside-out! In the menu toolbar select Color>Invert. Cool, right?
Divide and conquer!
Lastly, in the Layers dialog, select Divide from the pull-down menu.
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