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How to blend with GIMP

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How to blend with GIMP: After reading my guide on how to blend with Photoshop, you were fascinated by the technique that allows you to blend photos “in half”, so you tried how to get the same result with GIMPthe hugely popular free alternative to Photoshop that you use instead of the latter on your PC, and you have therefore come to this tutorial.

That’s the way it is, isn’t it? Then take some free time for yourself and read this guide carefully on how to blend with GIMP. In no time at all, you will learn how to apply professional gradient effects to your images in an extremely simple way. Among other things, I will explain how to blend one or more images “in half”, how to blend the edges of a photo, how to create blending effects with colors and even how to blend text.

So, are you ready to get started? Great! Come on: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and, more importantly, try to implement the “tips” that I will give you. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and good fun!

Download GIMP

In case you haven’t downloaded GIMP yet, let me briefly explain how to do this. For starters, go to the program websiteclick on the red button Download x.xx.x and, on the page that opens, click on the button Download GIMP x.xx.x directly placed under the heading GIMP for Windows or GIMP for macOS (depending on your PC OS).

Once the download is complete, if you are using a PC Windowsopen the file.exe you got and click the buttons Yup, OK, Install And endto complete the setup.

If you use a Macinstead, drag GIMP in the folder Applications macOS, right-click the program icon (located in the Applications folder) and select the item You open twice in a row, so as to override the restrictions imposed by macOS on software from non-certified sources (this is only necessary when starting GIMP for the first time).

If you need further explanations on how to download GIMP, please read the guide that I have entirely dedicated to the subject, because it will surely be of great help.

Feather an image with GIMP

Blending with GIMP

If you want to learn how to blur an image with GIMPstart the program and import the image you want to fade into it (by selecting the item You open from the menu File). Once the photo has been uploaded, go to the menu Layer> Transparency and select the item Add alpha channel from the latter, in order to add a transparent channel to the image.

Now, go back to the same menu (Layer> Transparency) and select the item Alpha to selection from the latter, so that the selections are replaced with the alpha channel of the layer. Then activate it rectangular selection tool from the toolbar located on the left side of the screen and select the portion of the photo you want to remain visible after applying the gradient.

Blending with GIMP

At this point, go to the menu Select> Gradient and, in the window that opens, type the number of pixels on which you want to expand the gradient. There is no universal value to be adopted for all images: it all depends on the resolution of the source file. In my example, with a photo of 2220 x 1656 pixelsI set a gradient equal to 500 pixels.

After setting the size of the gradient, you have to select the side of the photo to be deleted (i.e. to be blurred): to do this, go to the menu Select of GIMP and choose the voice Invert from the latter. Then, press the button Canc on the keyboard and that’s it.

When you are satisfied with the result and want to save your gradient image, all you have to do is select the item Export from the menu File GIMP (top left) and select the folder to export the photo to. Simple, right?

Blend two images with GIMP

Blur two photos with GIMP

Are you going to blend two images with GIMP, in the sense of blending them together using a transparency effect that makes everything very suggestive? To do this, after starting GIMP, import the two images you want to merge, going to the menu File> Open… and selecting them. Then go to the window where the second image is present (the one you want to superimpose on the other) and press the keys Ctrl + A And Ctrl + C (on Windows) or cmd + a And cmd + c (on macOS) to select it entirely and copy it.

Then, go to the window of the first image and press the keys at the same time Ctrl + V (on Windows) or cmd + v (on macOS) to paste the selection made previously. If necessary, resize the image and move it, using the tools stairs And move of GIMP, both of which can be called up from the toolbar on the left.

GIMP scale tool

With that done, select the foreground photo layer from level control panel on the right and choose the Mode display of the level you prefer from the appropriate drop-down menu (eg. Fencing, Strong light, Weak lightetc.).

Eventually, “file” some imperfection by changing the level of Opacity of the foreground layer, using the appropriate adjustment bar located in the layers control panel, and eliminate any excess elements, using the eraser.

As soon as you are satisfied with your work, select the item Export from the menu File (top left) and choose the folder in which to save the photo, the name you want to call the file, its output format and so on.

Feather edges with GIMP

Feather edges with GIMP

Are you going to blur the edges of a photo with GIMP? You can do this too: to do this, select the item You open of the menu File (top left) and choose the photo to import into the program. Then select the item Decorative> Jagged edge from the menu Filters and, in the window that opens, set the color you want the soft edge to have by clicking on the small one white rectangle placed next to the wording Color.

Therefore, adjust the thickness of the border, setting the number you prefer in the text field Edge sizemake sure there is a check mark next to the wording Blur edge and click the button OKto apply the filter.

Feather edges with GIMP

To save the result, you can save the output image by selecting the item Export from the menu File and choose the folder in which to save the photo, the format in which to export it and so on.

Blending color with GIMP

Blending colors with GIMP

Rather than acting on an entire image with GIMP, you want to edit a portion of it because you plan to blend a color specific? Well, in that case, you can take advantage of two useful tools for this purpose.

If you need to lighten or darken a color, you can use it dodge / burn tool. If, on the other hand, you want to blend and blend a color with another chromatic variant adjacent to the portion of the photo taken into consideration, you can use the smudge tool. Let me tell you how to best use both of them.

As for the dodge / burn toolafter importing the image you want to modify into GIMP (if you don’t know how to do it, you can take advantage of the information I gave you in the previous chapters), click on the rod with the oblique lineto call up the instrument in question.

Then double click on the tool symbol fencing / burning (still in the toolbar located on the left) and, in the window that opens, put the check mark on the item Fencing if you want to lighten a portion of the photo or on the voice It burns if you want to darken it (based on the color gradient effect you want to achieve. Then define the dimension and the level of opacity of the brush using the appropriate menus in the same window and, as soon as you are ready to do so, darken or lighten the portion of the photo of your interest by repeatedly clicking on it.

Tool burns

If you prefer to mix colors together and thus create very suggestive blending effects, you must use it smudge tool. He then calls up the latter by clicking on the icon of but no placed in the GIMP toolbar and, holding down the left mouse button, move the cursor over the photo, in order to mix the colors of a certain area.

If you want to change the characteristics of the tool, you just have to double-click on it and customize the values ​​in the menus Opacity, Dimension, Corner and so on, depending on what you want to achieve.

GIMP smudge tool

Again, as soon as you are satisfied with the result, save the image you worked on by selecting the item Export from the menu File and selecting the folder to export the file to.

Blending an inscription with GIMP

Feather lettering with GIMP

Would you like to add some text with gradient effect on an image? Nothing could be easier: after opening the image in which you want to act (I have already explained how to do it in the previous chapters), first of all create the writing.

To do this, click on the text tool present in the program’s GIMP toolbar, click on the point in the photo where you want to add the text and type what you want. After having entered the writing and having customized it if necessary, choosing the fontthe colorthe size etc. using the appropriate commands on the screen, you can fade it.

How you do it? First, bring up the GIMP toolbox, click on first rectangle located at the bottom left and select one of the colors to fill in the message (after selecting it, click on the button OK). Then click on second rectangle and select the color to blend with the one you have just chosen (also in this case, after choosing it, click on the button OK).

Then right click on the text you entered earlier and select the items Layer> Text to Path from the context menu. Then right-click again on the writing in question and this time select the items Select> From Path.

Finally, call it back gradient tool from the GIMP toolbar and draw a line along the writing: as if by “magic”, a pleasant gradient effect will be applied to the text, based on the colors you have chosen to use.

If you are satisfied with the result, save the output file by selecting the item Export from the menu File (top left) and choosing the folder in which to export the file, its format and so on.