Posted 01 June 2008 - 02:16 AM
nah, I'm happy to help... half the time I'm on my computer and have nothing better to do.
Here begins my tutorial on blending your images :D
Okay, so open one of the images... hopefully they were taken by the same camera, so you don't have to mess with image sizes and stuff like that.
So, after you've opened the first image, then go to File->open as layer
The second image you wanted should appear over the first image, and if they're the same size, you shouldn't be able to see the first image you opened.
Now, open a layers palette. This can be done by clicking on the tool box window, and then going to File-> Dialogs -> Layers
Now, a layers palette will pop up. Arrange and resize the windows to your liking, hopefully so that nothing covers up anything else.
Okay, now that the windows are taken care of, look at the layers palette. It should have two layers in it, one with the picture that you opened at first, underneath the picture that you used "open as layer" with. Now, if they are perfectly on top of each other, then you could just erase one so it shows the one underneath, but I'm going to try and walk you through something a bit harder, but definitely more worth it.
So, click on the top layer in the layers palette. Right click on it, and find an option that says "Add layer mask"
Okay, now there should be a white area next to layer on top. Click on that white area.
Now you can use the black paintbrush to take away parts of the top picture. If you paint with white, then it will show that part of the top picture again. To change colors, double click on the rectangles in the toolbox palette, and then choose a color, and select OK.
While you might not think its that helpful to have a layer mask, it is, just because you can bring back areas, and you can use gradients... :D
Now, this is what is awesome about layer masks. If you want something to blend smoothly together, you take a gradient, and make it fade the color. In this, we'll use the foreground to clear gradient.
So, click on the blend tool, which should be in between the paint bucket and pencil tool.
Now, in the tool options, click in the picture area that says gradient. It should come up with a menu. Scroll down and select the one that has "FG to Transparent"
Make sure you're on the upper layer, and have the layer mask selected, and then click and drag the pointer just a small area across the image window. It should make it fade into the below image...
Of course, your first thing wasn't probably how you wanted it, so undo that, by using Edit-> Undo. Now, get the hang of how the tool works, and when you like it, save it.
Thats all of what I've got for now with the actual image editing, but I also want to add something about saving...
When you're saving with the GIMP, its native saving format is a .xcf extension. I reccommend saving whatever you make first as that. Just when you first save, it will let you name it, and on the end, just add the .xcf. Now, then when you want to show it to other people, and use it, you'll probably want to use a .jpg file extension. You'll then need to go to File-> save as. In that window, make sure after the name, it has .jpg after it. When it prompts for saving options, just leave the quality around 85, and it should be fine. Just don't delete your .xcf file unless you have to...
If you've got any questions, let me know. If you want to email me, ask me... or it might be in my profile..
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