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Tutorial: Simple Scanlines

Written by · Created on Apr 04, 2007, last updated almost 11 years ago CC BY-NC License


The effect of scanlines is pretty popular, mainly for forum-signatures. This tutorial shows probably the easiest way to do this simple effect in the GIMP, in just 4 very short steps!

Tutorial details

  1. 1

    Open up a photo, or something else that you want to provide with scanlines. If you just want to test this tutorial download my sample-signature from the right and open it.

  2. 2

    Create a new empty layer. Take the Bucket Fill-Tool, choose white as foreground color and then fill the layer with it.

  3. 3

    Now apply Filter / Distorts / Erase every other row and just click OK. The lines are divided already, but the effect is not clearly visible. Click the picture to see what i mean.

  4. 4

    We’re going to enlarge the layer.

    Take the Scale-Tool. Click the layer. In the upcoming dialog choose 200 “Percent” as Value for height and width. Click OK.

    Now set the layer mode to “Overlay”.

    Done, enjoy the effect ;)


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over 9 years ago

Good tutorial!

Jabba rated this topic with 5/5
over 11 years ago

Thanks, very nice tutorial. I started to explore Gimp a few days ago using your basic tutorials. I'm impressed by Gimp.

over 12 years ago

I have played with Distorts > Video > Striped but I didn't like the results. This tutorial shows what I was looking for! Thanks!

ibizzle member for about 14 years ibizzle 1 comment
about 14 years ago

Filters > Distorts > Video > Striped is all I needed for my scanlines.
Nevertheless, neat tutorial. :)

about 14 years ago

That bucket fill in step two is unnecessary. Just pick 'white' from Layer Fill Type while creating new layer. Same effect, less work. ;)

henriquemaia member for about 14 years henriquemaia 11 comments
about 14 years ago

Thanks for this tutorial. It works great.

over 14 years ago

To fins5423:
try this Script-Fu/Alchemy/Erase every other row

devvv member for about 15 years devvv 1475 comments
over 14 years ago

here the fuck it is dude ;) look at my attachment and please use 2.3.14 - its pretty stable

fins5423 member for over 14 years fins5423 1 comment
over 14 years ago

Give better intructions dude,"apply filter/distort/ erase evry other row" where the fuck is "erase every other row" ??????????