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Blend solid edge of pic to background / also TEXTURE?

Aug 5, 2011, 22:50 (This post was last modified: Aug 6, 2011 00:33 by Kristin_Tx.)
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Blend solid edge of pic to background / also TEXTURE?
Hello! I used to work in Photoshop and GIMP, but then became sidetracked. I've forgotten half of it. Tongue I used to make siggies for others all the time, although I really was guessing my way through some of it. I knew I could do better.

Anyway, I figured it'd be wise to start with a really basic question. I'll use the pic below as an example.

[Image: pink2.jpg]

In a pic such as this one, how would you go about seamlessly blending the edge of the picture with the background? (All I did so far was have 2 separate layers; the picture of the hottie, and then behind it of course was just the template where I tried to match the pink from the hotty pic).

I'm also curious about just blending 2 or more photographs together to create a collage. I've done this before, but I know I made it harder and more tedious than it had to be. So.... would a collage have to be done a little differently than whatever your suggestion for the pic above would be?

I used to go about all this various ways way back when, but like I said... I've forgotten half my little tricks which I know really weren't the correct and easiest route to go about it.

Thanks for any help you can throw my way. It's appreciated more than you know. I really miss making siggies.

Kristin

PS - My apologies if I've missed an existing thread on this. My computer is s-l-o-w today so I only got to search up to a few pages back.

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Aug 5, 2011, 23:38 (This post was last modified: Aug 5, 2011 23:40 by ofnuts.)
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(Aug 5, 2011 22:50)Kristin_Tx Wrote:  In a pic such as this one, how would you go about seamlessly blending the edge of the picture with the background? (All I did so far was have 2 separate layers; the picture of the hottie, and then behind it of course was just the template where I tried to match the pink from the hotty pic).

I'm also curious about just blending 2 or more photographs together to create a collage. I've done this before, but I know I made it harder and more tedious than it had to be. So.... would a collage have to be done a little differently than whatever your suggestion for the pic above would be?

I used to go about all this various ways way back when, but like I said... I've forgotten half my little tricks which I know really weren't the correct and easiest route to go about it.

Thanks for any help you can throw my way. It's appreciated more than you know. I really miss making siggies.

Kristin

PS - My apologies if I've missed an existing thread on this. My computer is s-l-o-w today so I only got to search up to a few pages back.
Technically you just make a gradient in the transparency channel of the top layer Smile

In slow motion that gives:

- Select top layer and Layer/Mask/Add layer mask (and initialize to white) (at that point you'll be editing the Alpha channel, even if you still see the final image)
- Select a black-to-white gradient (often the "Foreground color to background color").
- Start the Blend tool, make sure it's in Repeat: none
- Draw a gradient by clicking on the border of the hottie layer, and releasing where you want the photo to be opaque (normally, close to the protruding hair tuft).
- For this specific photo, you can also drag further to widen the blend (close to the cheek...), and then touch up the mask using the airbrush with white to make it more opaque around the tuft.
- Layer/Mask/apply layer mask when you are happy with the results

To blend photos for a collage, same technique, more or less... but you have to watch out for more things: color tones, lighting/shadows, etc...

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Aug 6, 2011, 00:31 (This post was last modified: Aug 6, 2011 02:07 by Kristin_Tx.)
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RE: Blend solid edge of pic to background?
Thank You!

Before I saw your reply I tried the eraser tool with a fuzzy circle brush. It worked well, considering how there's no "noise" in the backgrounds to work with. I then saw your reply and tried that. It also worked, but I need to practice more... especially with those "noisy" backgrounds. And the airbrush I guess I need to practice on a darker background because it didn't do anything for me. I'm going to practice that further after finishing this post.

So one more question for you all in GIMPland:

What's the best way to blend together my banner here.....

[Image: hotty_sepia.jpg]
(Yes, I know I messed up on part of his hair. Sad I didn't see that mistake until after I deleted the xcf file)

with this texture here.....

[Image: texture.jpg]

I can't for the life of me remember how I did this before. I know I had a lot of trouble with it sometimes. I vaguely remember doing this in the past, but again... I know I didn't do it properly and made it a lot more difficult than it had to be.

Again, thanks for any help anyone has to offer. If by the end of all this I actually know what I'm doing - as opposed to muddling through blindly - I think I'll be happily busy in Siggy Land once again.

UPDATE: Nevermind. I found a video on YouTube which explained. It's taken me 4ever to find one. It feels like Christmas! Lol! Now I'm just trying to figure out how to tweak the color only in a small section. On the guy's face it's a little too orange.

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