This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a three-imaged photographic film strip. To work along, you are welcome to download the Three Start Images I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the images onto GIMP’s workspace.
This filter does not invert colours, so it does not imitate negative film like the ones used to produce prints. Instead you should think of the result as an imitation of slide film or cinema film.
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.
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).
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
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.
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Combine and then choose Film Strip. And from the subsequent Film Strip dialogue box, (from the Image Selection menu: (Available images: On Film:) - Ctrl-Click to highlight the two images that aren’t in the right-side box: and then click the Add tab.
All Images that are open on GIMPs workspace can be viewed in the left-side box. You are looking to highlight your choice of images, and then click Add to transfer them to the right-side box. As all images that can be seen in the right-side box will then be converted into a film strip; it’s important to “Add” your images with care.
After clicking the Add tab, the highlighted images will be transferred to the
right-side box. Now click OK to convert them into a three-imaged film strip.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
Congratulations, you have successfully converted three images into a Film Strip, and your work is ready to save.
Film Strip Settings Explained
Fit Height To Images
Applies the height of original pictures to the resulting one.
This option lets you define the height of the resulting picture. If originals have different sizes, they will be scaled to this size.
By clicking on the colour dwell you can define the colour of the film (around and between pictures).
Defines the beginning number which will be used for the images.
Defines the font of digits.
By clicking on the the colour dwell, you can define the font colour of digits.
At Top, At Bottom
Defines the position of the number.
Shows the pictures which can be used for merging. The pictures are the ones already opened in GIMP.
Shows the pictures chosen to be merged.
This button allows the user to put an available image in the “On Film” section section.
This button allows to bring a picture from “On Film” to “Available Images”. After that, the picture will not be used anymore in the resulting document.
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