My First Tutorial - Blending Images in GIMP
Posted 05 May 2005 - 03:52 AM
Well, here's my first tutorial on blending images. Hope you like it. Sorry if it's too easy of a topic, but for what I want to create, it's essential!
Look forward to getting to know and learn from everyone.
Keywords: Gimp, Blending, Feather, Images, Lasso, Selection
This is my first tutorial and, as a Newbie, I consider learning this step to be fundamental in helping me design message board signatures and wallpapers.
I know that blending of images can also be accomplished in numerous ways, but this tutorial will focus on the lasso tool and feathering. Hope this helps out other Newbies like myself. I apologize if it's too easy for most users.
I would like to say that the images and techniques were found on a Photoshop tutorial website. I had to modify their instructions slightly to work in the GIMP.
Open up your background image in Gimp.
Add a new layer (via cut/paste, rag/drop, etc.) of the layer you want to blend into the background.
With your lasso tool, enclose an area that you want to have blended. As you can see, the selected area doesn't have to be perfectly round. Now go to Select | Feather and enter a value. I used 25 for mine, but you can experiment. The higher the number, the smoother your selection will be.
Here's where the FUN begins. Now, Invert your selection (Ctrl-i) or go to Select Menu > Invert. Click the Delete Key for GIMP 2.4 users & Ctrl-K (Clear) for users of GIMP 2.2 and below. Your image will look like mine. If you continue to hit Ctrl-K, the edge of the selected area will continue to blend in.
Deselect your image and set the upper layer's blending mode to value and it looks like the images were meant to be together!
Cool, isn't it?!
Again, I hope this helped someone out. Comments are certainly welcome!
Posted 05 May 2005 - 04:30 AM
I have been waiting for your first tutorial since the day you asked me th procedure to post a tutorial. btw, if you dont mind I will host the image on my server, it will be good becuase your server may go down, so there are no dead image, since your tutorial is compeltely based on single image.
And yes, most of poeple think the basic tutorials are not valuable, but as far I know on all of my network sites, most read tutorials are the basic ones with quick steps.
I highly appreciate your input. Waiting to see more.
Posted 05 May 2005 - 01:28 PM
I appreciate the feedback. I'm still working on my lightning tutorial so hopefully I can get it finished in the next couple of days. It's nothing earth-shattering, just a little different approach.
Sure thing. That's a very good idea. It was a little time-consuming to prepare it as one image, but I like the overall way it turned out.
Looking for more good things around here.
Posted 15 June 2005 - 01:30 AM
That is the right location, but for some reason you've only got one layer (the background) You should actually have 2 layers. When you brought in the second layer, did you anchor it to the background layer? If so, what you need to do is select the "new layer button" which is in the bottom left-hand corner of that same dialog box (The button that looks like a blank piece of paper with the corner turned down). This will place the new image on its own layer.
Another way to do the same thing is to go to the "New" menu and choose "Open as New Layer"
Now try the rest of the tutorial. That should work. Your upper layer should be set to "Value"
Let me know if you still have trouble.
Posted 21 June 2005 - 06:47 PM
First of all, Welcome to the boards!
It's actually a menu option....At the top of the Gimp window there should be:
Does that help? If not, just post again and we'll get you set up!
Welcome to the boards. Glad to be of help!
Posted 22 June 2005 - 03:01 PM
The first time I tried, the whole thing went SPLENDILY!
Thanks much for that....
But now...I am doing a grunge type signature for a friend.
I paste the image I want into the signature, I lasso it, and feather it. Now, whenever I press invert, it doesnt turn invisible like the other one did, it stays the same. And when I press Clear, the background turns either black or white, depending on what the starting background is. Im sure I'm following your tutorial.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 03:14 PM
Inverting shouldn't change the look of your image. The only function of invert is to invert the selection.
The only thing I can think of right off the bat is that the background might be the active layer and when you hit Ctrl-K (delete or clear), the background get deleted.
How about posting a screenshot of your layers dialog box exactly as you have it and also a screenshot of your image?
Posted 22 June 2005 - 07:16 PM
This my background I plan on using.
This is after it is looped, and feathered.
This is after I invert the selection and hit clear.
Now, before, it just deleted the rest of the image, and kept that, so I could easily value the image into it. Now with the black, it wont work. I've tried this on many images.
Posted 22 June 2005 - 07:36 PM
Look at your second image (the one of the pasted image). You'll notice that on the right side of the image, there is a black border running from top to bottom (between the second image and the background image). Did you copy/paste this image in from another GIMP document? You may have pasted in a black background as well. So, when you delete the upper part, the only thing left is the black background.
I have no clue if this is correct or not, but what you need to do is crop the second image to the limits you need (exclude the black border). Save the image as a gif, png, jpg and then cut/paste the image in as a new layer or open it up as a new layer.
Try that and let me know your results.
P.S. I'm not on a machine that has GIMP on it, so I can't verify your problem. This is all off the point of my head :w:
Posted 28 June 2005 - 03:05 PM
I used the images you posted and had no problems getting them to blend. However, the one glitch I did encounter was by using a "round" or "circular" selection, the flames from the dragon's mouth turned a weird color with the blend mode set to "Value". None of the other blend modes would correct it.
A way around that problem was to actually follow the outline of the mouth more closely when making the selection. Unfortunately, if you want the flames to show up, that method won't work.
Anyone got a better solution?