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Fading (Blending) Images

Nov 8, 2013, 02:23
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Fading (Blending) Images
I am new to using gimp and basically playing around trying to master some techniques. However, i'm completely stuck on this problem.

I am wondering if there is a possibility to blend a solid background with an image to get rid of the harsh picture line.

I've tried creating a layer mask and blending, but the edge of the photo is always there. Then I tried to erase it, but then my background color disappears.

Totally lost what path to take now Sad Can anyone help?

I apologize for the blurry image, just trying to figure this out!

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Nov 8, 2013, 08:23
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RE: Fading (Blending) Images
thardenbrook, I'm working on a short tutorial for you, almost done. Please stand by...
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Nov 8, 2013, 08:41 (This post was last modified: Nov 8, 2013 08:48 by iForStyle007.)
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RE: Fading (Blending) Images
Hmm, this might be a tough one since the image's border isn't consistent in color.

But there are a number of ways

What you can do is
-blur the edge a bit by expanding a selection around it, inverted.
-If the image has mostly light colors around the border, you can try a white glow blur around it.
-If dark colors around the edges, black will work. (test)
-Pick a soft brush and erase/ smudge the edges (last resort)

Here's how(for the glow, blur):

Click pictures with border for a bigger size(if available)

First, with your image, click with the fuzzy select Fuzzyselect to select the background of the image, not the background layer.

Then highlight the background layer & expand the active selection by 1-3 pixels.
"Select > Grow Selection" (3 px?)
It will look like this now (still selected)

*Note the background layer is highlighted, selection ants still active(white/grey dashed lines)
Copy & paste as new layer
ctrl/command + c(copy) , then "Edit > Paste as > New layer"
you should now have a silhouette of your image on top
You might need to move the layer to be to middle over the image layer, there should be an outline around the image, turn down the opacity if you have to re-align the silhouette on top of the image. Or if you turn the eyeball off on your background, you can put the silhouette under the image and line it up that way. (see image)

*My final result will have a black sillhouette/blur/glowed since most of the image is white.
But since its hard to see, I'm using the background color for now.
You might want to use a dark grey to blend it too, as the border of the image overall is grey, the black blend will hid the bottom jagged lines but kinda adds a drop shadow.

go to "Layer > Layer to Image size" (this is to prevent clipping while you blur/glow)
blur the silhouette some. ("Layer to image size" is near the bottom of the layer menu)
"Filters > Blur > guassian blur" (make it so the edges are a bit smoother.)
and put it under your image layer.
- Then adjust the color with "Colors > Colorize" if it doesn't quite blend right.
On the silloette layer try applying a glow filter (choosing the right color *see "what you can do" above.
"Filters > Artistic > Softglow"

Edit: Sorry I tried it with the soft glow filter but couldn't get it to work right, so you can ignore that part.
Your end result:
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