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Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 16:32
  Overlaying One Photo Over Another Chris Mohler 30 Jun 16:40
   Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 18:38
    Overlaying One Photo Over Another Chris Mohler 30 Jun 18:48
  Overlaying One Photo Over Another Noel Stoutenburg 30 Jun 17:11
   Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 18:48
    Overlaying One Photo Over Another Chris Mohler 30 Jun 18:51
     Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 19:18
      Overlaying One Photo Over Another Chris Mohler 30 Jun 19:23
       Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 21:32
        Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 21:36
         Overlaying One Photo Over Another Chris Mohler 30 Jun 21:53
          Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 22:50
           Overlaying One Photo Over Another Branko Vukelic 30 Jun 22:54
            Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 30 Jun 23:07
             Overlaying One Photo Over Another Branko Vukelic 30 Jun 23:09
              Overlaying One Photo Over Another Noel Stoutenburg 30 Jun 23:16
               Overlaying One Photo Over Another Branko Vukelic 30 Jun 23:19
        Overlaying One Photo Over Another Noel Stoutenburg 30 Jun 21:45
        Overlaying One Photo Over Another Branko Vukelic 30 Jun 22:49
         Overlaying One Photo Over Another OneOnTheEdge 01 Jul 03:39
          Overlaying One Photo Over Another Branko Vukelic 01 Jul 08:56
2010-06-30 16:32:26 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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I'm creating a CD cover and would like to overlay a transparent photo over a really nice background photo. I've read extensively through the manual and have viewed tutorials so I know this can be done. I printed and tried to follow the "How to change background of an image" without success. I've truly tried to figure this out myself as I know too many people don't even try, they just post for help. So, if I might ask, would someone provide the step by step to accompish what I'm trying? I can open the two images, use fuzzy select on the white area on the photo but then can't get it on a new layer to overlay, and I don't know how to make the image transparent. Sorry to be asking for help but sincerely appreciate anyone taking time to assist. Thank you...

Chris Mohler
2010-06-30 16:40:19 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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In overlay image: select->all, edit->copy.

In background image: edit->paste as new layer.

You now have an image with two layers. Delete/fade/edit/whatever you need to on the top layer.

HTH, Chris

Noel Stoutenburg
2010-06-30 17:11:44 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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Greg A. wrote:

While I concur with what Chris wrote, I don't see where he mentioned that the transparency setting controlled by the slider in the layers dialog box labeled "opacity". Had I responded first, my answer would have been the same, but the sentence

Delete/fade/edit/whatever you need to on the top layer.

would have said

"in the image as the layer, adjust the opacity slider to the desired value; if you need more intensity in the overlaid image, you can adjust the opacity of the background, or add additional copies of the overlayed image."

ns

2010-06-30 18:38:52 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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Thanks Chris, appreciate the help. Makes sense but I'm still having trouble. I follow your instructions and get a 2 layer picture but all I can see is a white page? I can't get to the 1st layer (background). The two photos are different sizes and resolutions if that makes any difference. It seems I'm just missing like one step or something??? Thanks again Chris...

2010-06-30 18:48:22 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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I just wanted to add, the photo for the top layer is our group lead singer so there's some white space around some of the picture that needs to be deleted. Before I select all, I use the fuzzy select tool to highlight only the person in the picture, then do select all, edit, copy.

Chris Mohler
2010-06-30 18:48:46 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM, Greg A. wrote:

I follow your instructions and get a 2 layer picture but all I can see is a white page?

Use the layers dialog to switch layers, toggle visibility, adjust opacity, etc. A decent tutorial from a quick search: http://www.tankedup-imaging.com/gimp/layers.html

The manual: http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-image-combining.html

I can't get to the 1st layer (background). The two photos are different sizes and resolutions if that makes any difference.

I'd make sure the image you are pasting is smaller than or equal size to the one you're pasting into - at least for now. Once you get the hang of working with layers, it won't be a big deal: if you paste a larger image onto a smaller one, you can use the scale tool to reduce it afterward. But for now I suggest experimenting with similar-sized images until you feel comfortable with the layers dialog.

HTH, Chris

Chris Mohler
2010-06-30 18:51:35 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM, Greg A. wrote:

I use the fuzzy select tool to highlight only the person in the picture, then do select all, edit, copy.

OK - so what you want to do here is fuzzy select, then copy. Skip the select all, or you will have to repeat the fuzzy select step after you paste.

In other words: when you make a selection (as with the fuzzy select tool) and copy, only the selected area is copied to the clipboard. Make sense?

Chris

2010-06-30 19:18:04 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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Man, you're gonna think I'm a complete dumbass. If I can get this to work once, I know I'll be ok. It appears I've copied the singer's pic onto the background but I can't get past the white screen? I can choose reverse layers and my background is layer 1 but layer 2 is a complete white screen. I can't seem to find the opacity commands? Maybe I'll experiment with 2 pix that I know are the same size and resolution? It maybe seems like the overlay is HUGE compared to the background but I can't seem to be able to resize. Like I said, once I get it to work, then I can play with detail. Can't tell ya how much I appreciate the help......

Chris Mohler
2010-06-30 19:23:01 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM, Greg A. wrote:

It maybe seems like the overlay is HUGE compared to the background but I can't seem to be able to resize.

That's my guess too. Try Image->Scale image on the singer's pic and scale it down to roughly the same size as the background pic. Then do your select, copy, paste as layer.

Chris

2010-06-30 21:32:51 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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This is frustrating. GIMP seems quite simple but obviously first discovery isn't intuitive. I successfully copied and layered two photos, I verify by reversing the layers, all good. I think I found opacity in the toolbar but I change it and there's no difference. I'm thinkin I'm sooo close but am just still missing something. A bit more help I think, and I'll owe a bit of whatever you choose to alter your mood :-)

2010-06-30 21:36:59 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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I think I'm using Gimp 2.6. I see a 2.6.9 out there maybe? Maybe a have a version just a bit older than what you're giving me instructions for?

Noel Stoutenburg
2010-06-30 21:45:23 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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Greg A. wrote:

I think I found opacity in the toolbar but I change it and there's no difference.

Opacity is not in the toolbar; it's in the layers dialog, accessible by the keyboard shortcut CTRL+L, or by selecting the "layers" item in the through the windows "Dockable dialogs" menu item in the menu bar of an image, or an empty composition window.

If you can manage to manipulate layer visibility, opacity is the slider above that. In Chapter 14 of the on-line documentation (at ,
figure 14.1 shows where the "opacity" slider is located; the label is third from the top, below "layers" and "Mode".

ns

Chris Mohler
2010-06-30 21:53:01 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Greg A. wrote:

I think I'm using Gimp 2.6. I see a 2.6.9 out there maybe? Maybe a have a version just a bit older than what you're giving me instructions for?

No - we're using the same version (close enough anyway).

Here's a link to a file with two layers: https://www.yousendit.com/download/K0JSUXVsSWhCMTVFQlE9PQ

In the layers dialog, you should be able to move bing up and down, and also control the opacity of each layer.

If you're still stuck, send me you last attempt and I'll take a look.

Chris

Branko Vukelic
2010-06-30 22:49:15 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM, Greg A. wrote:

This is frustrating.  GIMP seems quite simple but obviously first discovery isn't intuitive. I successfully copied and layered two photos, I verify by reversing the layers, all good. I think I found opacity in the toolbar but I change it and there's no difference. I'm thinkin I'm sooo close but am just still missing something.  A bit more help I think, and I'll owe a bit of whatever you choose to alter your mood :-)

If the lead singer is on white background, and you want the background image to show where the singer image is white, you might want to cut the singer out of the white. I've written a tutorial on that here:

http://www.brankovukelic.com/post/526945497/effective-background-extraciton-gimp

2010-06-30 22:50:08 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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I looked at Bing on stage, and that's where I want to go but then make Bing transparent so the background shows through. I appreciate your offer, if you want to give me an email address I'll send you a 2 layer pic. In my pic you can reverse the layers to see both but one is pure white whereas it's actually a pic of the singer. If you don't want to post your email, just send it to oneontheedge@yahoo.com.

Thanks again,

Branko Vukelic
2010-06-30 22:54:43 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM, Greg A. wrote:

I looked at Bing on stage, and that's where I want to go but then make Bing transparent so the background shows through. I appreciate your offer, if you want to give me an email address I'll send you a 2 layer pic. In my pic you can reverse the layers to see both but one is pure white whereas it's actually a pic of the singer.  If you don't want to post your email, just send it to oneontheedge@yahoo.com.

It's pure white most likely because the singer pic is huge compared to the background image. So, when you pasted it into the background pic, only the white part is showing, but the new layer is extending past the image edge and hidden...

2010-06-30 23:07:22 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM, Greg A. wrote:

I looked at Bing on stage, and that's where I want to go but then make

Bing

transparent so the background shows through. I appreciate your offer, if

you

want to give me an email address I'll send you a 2 layer pic. In my pic

you

can reverse the layers to see both but one is pure white whereas it's

actually

a pic of the singer. If you don't want to post your email, just send it

to

oneontheedge@yahoo.com.

It's pure white most likely because the singer pic is huge compared to the background image. So, when you pasted it into the background pic, only the white part is showing, but the new layer is extending past the image edge and hidden...

Branko, you're absolutely correct. I can see where the pic of the singer extends way beyond the frame to the right and on the bottom, but I can't figure out how to resize that pic to fit the frame?

I'm not dumb but I sure feel like it right now. And I'm suppose to be working but am doing this band stuff cause it's more fun....

Branko Vukelic
2010-06-30 23:09:20 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:07 PM, Greg A. wrote:

Branko, you're absolutely correct.  I can see where the pic of the singer extends way beyond the frame to the right and on the bottom, but I can't figure out how to resize that pic to fit the frame?

Select the singer layer in layers palette, and press Shift+T (transform). You'll be able to scale it either by typing in the dimensions or using the handles.

Noel Stoutenburg
2010-06-30 23:16:08 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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Branko Vukelic wrote:

Select the singer layer in layers palette, and press Shift+T (transform). You'll be able to scale it either by typing in the dimensions or using the handles.

Sorry, I don't think "transform" will change the size; what you need to do, instead, is to select the layer you want to change, and from the layers menu, select "scale layer".

ns

Branko Vukelic
2010-06-30 23:19:01 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:16 PM, Noel Stoutenburg wrote:

Sorry, I don't think "transform" will change the size; what you need to do, instead, is to select the layer you want to change, and from the layers menu, select "scale layer".

Sorry, I meant "transform" as a description for the shortcut "T". It's actually a scale tool.

2010-07-01 03:39:21 UTC (almost 4 years ago)
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Spent many hours of experimenting, using the guidance you gents have given and I've learned much. Greatest feature of GIMP is edit, and the ability to go back to before whatever I've done. I used this a lot!!! But, I have accomplished what I hoped. Honestly, I'm not sure how I got to the point I'm at but I can figure it out again. But your suggestions were invaluable and very much appreciated. I don't like people who download an ap then don't take time to read and learn but instead simply 'use' the hard earned expertise of others. I'll be making a donation to the developers of GIMP, as it's a tremendously powerful piece of software. I'm sure I'll be back with question in the future but for now simply, Thank You.........

Branko Vukelic
2010-07-01 08:56:13 UTC (almost 4 years ago)

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On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 3:39 AM, Greg A. wrote:

Spent many hours of experimenting, using the guidance you gents have given and I've learned much.  Greatest feature of GIMP is edit, and the ability to go back to before whatever I've done. I used this a lot!!! But, I have accomplished what I hoped. Honestly, I'm not sure how I got to the point I'm at but I can figure it out again.  But your suggestions were invaluable and very much appreciated. I don't like people who download an ap then don't take time to read and learn but instead simply 'use' the hard earned expertise of others. I'll be making a donation to the developers of GIMP, as it's a tremendously powerful piece of software. I'm sure I'll be back with question in the future but for now simply, Thank You.........

I suppose it won't hurt to post this link:

http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/en/

;)