This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a Cracked Earth Blend using two images. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Images I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace.
Blend Image Note
My Sunderland AFC Badge Blend Image has a Transparent Background. When working with your own Blend Image, please remember to remove it from its background first. You will find my Background Removal Tutorials Here.
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.
Understand Blend Modes
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Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
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).
Open your two Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace.
Then Paste the Sunderland AFC Badge Image onto the Cracked Earth Image. And Close the original Sunderland AFC image.
You will now have a two-layered Image open on your workspace.
Now, using the following Transformation Tools, deform and reposition the Transparent Football Badge so it follows the direction of the Cracked Earth Image. After you have completed this, you are ready for the next step.
Now is a good time to save your Layered Image as a GIMP XCF File.
4/ Understand Blend Modes
Change the Top Layer’s (SAFC Image’s) Blend Mode from Normal to Soft Light - as demonstrated below. (For a deeper blend, Duplicate the SAFC Badge Layer).
For personal blends, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.
Eraser Tool Note
Unwanted Red Badge pixels (for example, between the cracks in the earth), can be removed using the Eraser Tool.
5/ Flatten Image
When you happy with your work: from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
Congratulations, your Image Blend is complete, and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As.
Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating personalised photo blends.
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