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Butterfly Inside A Soap Bubble Collage
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Butterfly Soap Bubble Collage GIMP

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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a Butterfly Bubble Collage. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Images I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace.

Notes
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.

Resize Images
Understand Layers
Understand Blend Modes
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

Note
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).

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To open the three Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace: from Gimps’ top menu choose File then Open - Ctrl then O. Now, from the Open Image dialogue box, navigate to the folder where your Start Images reside, then Ctrl-click to highlight all three files - and then click Open.





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Now, maximise the Butterfly1 Image by clicking its Top Menu’s Maximise tab.





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Then from the Soap Bubble’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Copy.



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Then from the Butterfly 1 Image’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Paste as and then choose New Layer - as illustrated below.



     

Tip
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

Note
To save resources, Close the original Soap Bubble Image.



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Now, (working on the Soap Bubble’s Layer). From the left-side Toolbox, activate
the Scale Tool

Scale Tool Tutorial Here.

    

Then left-click over the Soap Bubble. This surrounds it with a Repositioning Bounding Box. Now, by manipulating the Bounding Box’s Repositioning Handles: - Resize and Reposition the Soap Bubble so that it covers just the butterfly (or your image’s object) - as illustrated below.

(Pressing down the Ctrl Key as you resize the Soap Bubble will retain its circular shape).

Tip
You can tap the Soap Bubble into position pixel by pixel by tapping the corresponding Keyboard Arrow Keys.



After you have resized the Soap Bubble, and Repositioned it over the Butterfly, finish by clicking the Scale tab.



      

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Elliptical Select Tool Tutorial
Then from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Ellipse Select Tool.



And enter the following default settings into the left-side Toolbox.



And still working on the Soap Bubble LayerLeft-click, and then drag out a Circular Shaped Selection Marquee roughly the size of the Soap Bubble - as illustrated below. (At this stage, it doesn’t need to be exact).

                     

Then hover your cursor over the Circular Selection Marquee, and you will notice Four Square Repositioning Handle’s. Now, Resize the Circular Selection Marquee by gently tugging one of the Square Repositioning Handles. You are looking to Resize and Reposition the Elliptical Selection Marquee so that it tightly hugs the Soap Bubble.

After you have resized the Circular Selection Marquee so it tightly hugs the Soap Bubble, you are ready for the next step.

                      

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From the top menu, choose Select and then choose Invert.
       


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Then from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Merge Visible Layers. And from the subsequent Merge Layers dialogue box, accept the following default settings, and then click Merge.

                



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Now, from the top menu choose Edit and then choose Clear. Alternatively, tap your Delete Key

     

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Then from the top menu, choose Select then choose None.



Congratulations, you have successfully created a transparent Butterfly Bubble Image.

Crop Tool Tip
Crop away the unwanted transparent area that surrounds your Bubble using the
Crop Tool.

 



Sharpen Tip
You Butterfly Bubble will benefit from applying a
Sharpening Filter to it. (Top menu, then Filters then Enhance).

 

Tip
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

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Now, from the Butterfly Bubble’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Copy.



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Then from the Background1 Image’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Paste as and then choose New Layer.



Tip
It’s safe to Close the original Butterfly Bubble Image.
 




Tip
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

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Now that you have created your Butterfly Bubble, there’s lots things you can do. For example, you could Duplicate the Butterfly Bubble’s Layer, by right-clicking over it and selecting Duplicate Layer from the Subsequent drop-down. You could then create a collage by Repositioning, Resizing, Flipping and Rotating the Duplicated Butterfly Bubble’s Image using the
Scale & Rotate Tools and the Move and Flip Tools

Move Tool


Scale Tool


Rotate Tool



Flip Tool







Layer Blend Modes Note
Experiment with different
Layer Blend Modes and Layer Opacities to see how they can blend the Butterfly Bubbles with the Background Image.

                        

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When you are happy with your final Butterfly Bubbles Collage; after first saving your work as XCF File to preserve the Layers: from the top men, choose Image then choose Flatten Image.
 


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Congratulations, your Butterfly Bubbles Collage is complete and
it is ready to save.

Butterfly Soap Bubble Collage GIMP


Now you are familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating Soap Bubble Collages from your favourite images.

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