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inserting 2 people behind group of people

Jul 8, 2011, 12:52
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inserting 2 people behind group of people
I have 2 pictures:

main picture - group of people (no room at either end to insert anyone)

2nd picture - 2 people standing together

Best place is to put them at the back of the group. But how do I do this? I am new to gimp and think I have to play with layers, but don't know how to.
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Jul 8, 2011, 13:54
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RE: inserting 2 people behind group of people
  • In separate image cut out the 2 people from their background, as accurately as possible. Take your time. A good technique is to use the layer mask to make all unwanted background transparent (see below).
  • Load group picture.
  • Duplicate the layer.
  • "File/Open as layer" the image with the two people
  • Move that layer between the two layers with the group. Position/scale (it can be useful to make the top layer invisible or semi transparent during that step).
  • Make the top layer transparent to show the added people. The brutal solution is to use the eraser, but the good solution is to use the layer mask as above. You have to be accurate only where the added people mix with the group (around the heads of the back row), elsewhere it is not important.
  • Adjust lightness/color of the add people layer

To use a layer mask:
  • Add a layer mask (Layer/Transparency/Add layer mask in the image toolbar) to the top group layer and initialize it to white (fully opaque). Gimp puts you automatically in layer mask edit mode:
    • Drawing white makes the layer opaque
    • Drawing black makes the layer transparent
    • Grays create partial transparency
  • You can use fuzzy brushes (or even the airbrush) to create soft edges
  • While you draw on the mask, you see the end result on the real layer...
  • By changing your brush color between white and black you can easily revert or refine your strokes.

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