This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a Ghostly Image Blend. 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.
Begin by dressing your subject in an authentic costume, or use old (ghostly) blankets or bed sheets: and then using a tripod, take a photograph of your subject leaning against an object or an old building. When taking your photograph, ensure the camera doesn’t change position: in addition, it’s important to use the same exposure and camera set up for each image.
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
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).
To open the two 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 both files - and then click Open.
Now, from the Ghost Image 2’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Copy.
Then from the Ghost Image 1’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Paste as and then choose New Layer - as illustrated below.
It’s safe to Close the original Ghost Image 2. (Top menu, then File then Close). In addition, if necessary, Maximise the Layered Image by clicking its Top Right Maximise tab.
It’s important to layer your two Ghost Image so as the image without the solider is the Top Layer - as illustrated below. If it in not, then drag it to the top of the Layers Stack.
Now, reduce the Top Layer’s Opacity to around 50%.
Then from the top menu, choose Image then choose Flatten Image.
Now, from the top menu, choose Colours then choose Hue-Saturaton. And from the subsequent Hue-Saturaton dialogue box, apply the following ghostly settings, or experiment, and then click OK.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
Congratulations, your Ghostly Image Blend is complete, and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As.
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