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Frozen Sea Creatures 
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Freeze Objects GIMP

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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to Freeze Sea Creatures. 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
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).

1/
To open the Three Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace; from Gimps’ top menu, choose File then choose Open - Ctrl then O. Now, from the Open Image dialogue box, navigate to the folder where your Three Start Images reside, then Ctrl-click to highlight all three files - and then click Open.





2/
Now, from the Starfish.xcf’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Copy.



3/
Then from the Ice Cube For Lesson’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Paste as and then choose New Layer - as illustrated below.





4/
Now, Copy and Paste the Starfish2 Image onto the Ice Cube Image.

 

Note
It’s safe to Close the original Starfish and Starfish2 Images. (Top menu, then File then Close). 


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

5/
Now, Duplicate the Starfish2 Image, by right-clicking over its Layer (in the Layers Palette). Then choose Duplicate Layer from the subsequent drop-down list. Then separate the Duplicated Starfish Image by activating the left-side Toolbox’s Move Tool, and dragging the Duplicated Starfish Image away from the original Starfish Image - as demonstrated below.



         

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Now, using (one at a time) the Move Tool, the
Scale Tool, Rotate Tools and the Flip Image Tool; drag your Three Starfish Images to their final positions, Scaling, Rotating and Flipping them as necessary. After you have completed this, you are ready for the next step.
 










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Right-click over the Top Layer, and from the subsequent drop-down list, choose Merge Down. Then right-click over the Merged Down Layer, and again, choose Merge Down from the subsequent drop-down list. All Three Starfish Layers should now be crunched down to one Layer, as demonstrated below.



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Understand Layers - Understand Blend Modes
Now, change the Merged Down Layers’ Blend Mode from Normal to Lighten Only. And as you will see, changing the Mode to Lighten Only blends the Starfish Images with the Ice Cube Image.

Tip
For personal results, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.





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

9/ Flatten Image
To finish, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Flatten Image.



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Congratulations, your Frozen Creatures Conversion is complete,
and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As.

Freeze Objects GIMP

 
Final Notes
There are many different variations to this effect; experiment with different photo objects, after first
removing their backgrounds. Additionally, experiment with different Layer Blend Modes and create personalised frozen objects. When working with different background images - you may need to isolate your object with a Selection Marquee, before changing its Blend Mode.


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