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I really need some help, please!

Aug 11, 2011, 02:53
Post: #1
I really need some help, please!
Hello GIMP pros!

I need some help. What I'm trying to do is take an image off the net (mainly Marvel and DC characters) and open them up in GIMP and making the "reverse" image of that file. So I will have the character twice, but when printed I can paste the two back to back and they both show the same image, back and front....hope that made sense.

Also, how would I put, lets say, 5 images on one sheet of paper? I don't want to print just one image on 1 sheet and waste so much paper. I'd like to get 4 -6 on 1 sheet of paper, print them out and glue them back to back for my paper miniatures.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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Aug 11, 2011, 06:36
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RE: I really need some help, please!
Printing several images on the same sheet of paper is something you can do even with the Image and Fax viewer in Windows, you don't really need Gimp for that.

To do a composite image in Gimp:
- create a new image
- File/Open as layers: you can select several files at the same time (if they are all in the same directory of course), and they will be added as new layers to the image. Repeat as necessary to load all you images. This load all your images one above another so you will mostly see the top one.
- Use the Move tool to drag the various images around to spread them over the image canvas. If you need more space, use "Image/Canvas size" to enlarge your canvas
- Save your image with extension XCF while you work on it (native Gimp image format, keeps everything, you can continue work later)
- You can print directly from Gimp but if you need to print using another utility you will have to save the image in a more "common" format (I strongly suggest PNG)(and save it again at once as .XCF so that your next saves will be done again in XCF format).
- To create the symmetrical images for the back use "Image/Transform/Flip horizontally" on your final image.


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Aug 11, 2011, 13:43
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RE: I really need some help, please!
(Aug 11, 2011 06:36)ofnuts Wrote:  Printing several images on the same sheet of paper is something you can do even with the Image and Fax viewer in Windows, you don't really need Gimp for that.

To do a composite image in Gimp:
- create a new image
- File/Open as layers: you can select several files at the same time (if they are all in the same directory of course), and they will be added as new layers to the image. Repeat as necessary to load all you images. This load all your images one above another so you will mostly see the top one.
- Use the Move tool to drag the various images around to spread them over the image canvas. If you need more space, use "Image/Canvas size" to enlarge your canvas
- Save your image with extension XCF while you work on it (native Gimp image format, keeps everything, you can continue work later)
- You can print directly from Gimp but if you need to print using another utility you will have to save the image in a more "common" format (I strongly suggest PNG)(and save it again at once as .XCF so that your next saves will be done again in XCF format).
- To create the symmetrical images for the back use "Image/Transform/Flip horizontally" on your final image.


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Thanks for that. I think I "get it" now.

This is what I'm trying to replicate, but using my own images.

http://www.seven-wonders.co.uk/pfrq_marvel.html
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Aug 11, 2011, 14:58
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RE: I really need some help, please!
Not complicated once you have got the hang of layer positioning:
  • Position the character layers to make a row, as indicated above (you can use guides to make sure they are level).
  • Merge all the character layers to make a single row (Image/Merge visible layers)
  • Make the image canvas high enough for two such layers (Image/Canvas size)
  • Duplicate characters layer
  • Layer/Transform/Flip vertically
  • Position the layers above each other (you can use guides or the Align tool to insure vertical alignment)
Handling the character names is going to be a bit more painful because you will have to generate them one by one (you may have to increase the canvas height again if you didn't take them in account in the previous operation)
  • Create a text layer with a character name
  • Duplicate layer
  • Rotate duplicate by 180° (Layer/Transform/Rotate 180°)
  • Position original layer below characters
  • Position duplicate layer above inverted characters

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Aug 12, 2011, 00:29
Post: #5
RE: I really need some help, please!
Damnit

I'm trying to follow this but I cant get the image to "flip" and show both images.

Is there a youtube video showing how to do this or some other visual tutorial?

Thanks
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Aug 12, 2011, 06:44
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RE: I really need some help, please!
1) I'm assuming you are talking about the "Layer" and not the "Image".
2) I'm assuming you did a "duplicate layer". Note: when you do so, the duplicate layer is exactly above its source, to if it has no transparent area it completely hides it.
3) you can use the Move tool to drag the duplicate on the side

If you work with the Layer dislaog open (Ctr-L) things are a bit easier

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Aug 12, 2011, 13:35
Post: #7
RE: I really need some help, please!
I'll try that, thanks Ofnuts.

Please understand it's not your directions, they are clear enough....it's my total lack of skill, total noobness and lack of patience Smile
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