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How to make a layer acquire the look of the background?

Aug 29, 2014, 12:36 (This post was last modified: Aug 29, 2014 12:37 by adamail.)
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How to make a layer acquire the look of the background?
Hi there! Smile Let's say I have an image of some landscape as background.

   

The object #2 in my canvas is a mono white star (without any background) on top of the landscape.

   

How do I make the white star be filled with the exact background that is underneath it?
Or generally how can i fill an object with an image? I am asking because I would like to use this landscape filled star in another project.

   
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Aug 29, 2014, 13:01 (This post was last modified: Aug 29, 2014 13:02 by rich2005.)
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RE: How to make a layer acquire the look of the background?
There are a few ways to do that, but a good way is to use a layer mask. Good because it is non-destructive.

First add a layer mask, to the layer

[Image: Rjad5fg.jpg]

Now if you click in that white rectangle to make it active, you can draw in it same as any other layer. You can copy and paste your star into it as well. Needs to be black and white thought.
White for transparent, black for opaque (hides that part of the image)

[Image: 83ZgFX5.jpg]

A bit about it here: http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/gimp-dialogs...layer-mask

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Aug 29, 2014, 13:18 (This post was last modified: Aug 29, 2014 14:01 by adamail.)
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RE: How to make a layer acquire the look of the background?
   

Okay I created the white mask and selected it. Now as I drag the star from the desktop onto that white rectangle, it (the star) appears as a separate object. It looks just as in the pic I sent - white star on the field. What you said doesn't function because the star doesn't paste itself into a mask (selected), it pastes itself as a separate object. Could you be more precise... maybe you missed sth???
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Aug 29, 2014, 16:37 (This post was last modified: Aug 29, 2014 16:39 by rich2005.)
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RE: How to make a layer acquire the look of the background?
No, I have not missed anything. Best guess, you are not working on the layer mask and have not read up on the background information.

One problem is the gif file you use as the "shape" for the cut-out - white with transparent background.
Why not make your own? black layer with white shape - not difficult.

Using your images how to make the cut-out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ-tyMBAxik&hd=1
all of 2 minutes so do not blink.

A bit more background info.
Maybe look at this, an old video of mine (Gimp 2.6) using some pre-made edge masks, which is the basically what your star is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JJVPGF7_MA

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Sep 1, 2014, 08:11
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RE: How to make a layer acquire the look of the background?
Mr Rich! Now that's what I call a tutorial! For complete newbs (like me) you really have to go step by step. You've done helluva great job, thanks Wink
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