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photo: how 2 create a halo around a person's head? tapper 12 May 17:53
  photo: how 2 create a halo around a person's head? Michael J. Hammel 12 May 18:02
2009-05-12 17:53:09 UTC (about 5 years ago)
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photo: how 2 create a halo around a person's head?

I'm new to GIMP and graphics in general and am using GIMP 2.6.3 on Windows XP - not sure what plugins if any I have, other than Script-Fu.

I need to create a "halo" effect around a person's head. My goal is to use that image with another photo as a banner at the top of web pages. The halo will help soften the transition between the person and the other image on one side and the transition between the person and the background on the other side. I've looked at all the Filter menu options and none of them seem to do the trick...or I just haven't figured out how they would work. http://www.austincc.edu/about/ has an example (this site rotates through multiple image sets, all of which have the halo effect).

Also, any tips on how I can download the GIMP help for easy access via F1? Any and all help is appreciated.

Michael J. Hammel
2009-05-12 18:02:22 UTC (about 5 years ago)

photo: how 2 create a halo around a person's head?

On Tue, 2009-05-12 at 17:53 +0200, Donna B. wrote:

I'm new to GIMP and graphics in general and am using GIMP 2.6.3 on Windows XP - not sure what plugins if any I have, other than Script-Fu.

It doesn't matter, really, but all the entries in the Filter menu are plugins. There are plugins in other menus as well.

I need to create a "halo" effect around a person's head.

1. Add a blank layer above the original image. 2. Create an elliptical selection over the persons head, as wide as the halo should be.
3. Feather this selection (Select->Feather) 4. Fill with the halo color.
5. Add a white layer mask to this layer (Layer->Mask->Add Layer Mask) 6. Paint with black over the persons head to let the face show through the halo color. You will be painting in the layer mask, which means the black color will mask out the halo color, showing the persons head.

That's the basic technique.