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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a 3D Out Of Bounds Frame Effect using the Eraser Tool. 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.

Out Of Bounds Notes
There are various ways of creating Out Of Bounds artwork the simplest being arranging extracted objects into an Out Of Bounds Collage. When producing this type of artwork, your main concern is finding the right photograph, and whether it is suitable for this type of conversion. You are looking to create the illusion that part of the main subject, (for example, an aeroplane, car, or an animal), appears to pop-out of a picture frame. Bear in mind, if you select a long-haired animal or a complex object as your pop-out subject, your task will be more time-consuming, and as a result, your Out Of Bounds artwork will be harder to create. With this in mind, experiment with different photographs and discover for yourself which one works best for you, your time-limit and your level of expertise.

Inspiration Tip
To view other peoples’ Out Of Bounds ideas, and to find inspiration, (if needed), type Out Of Bounds into a search engine, then click Images.

Out Of Bounds Collage (Using Pre-extracted Objects)

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

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 White Frame and Swan Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace: from Gimp’s 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 White Frame Image’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Copy.

Then from the Swan Image’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 White Frame Image

You will now have a Two-layered (Swan & Frame) Image.

Now, Duplicate the Background (Swan) Layer by right-clicking over it and then choosing Duplicate Layer from the subsequent drop-down list.


Save Image Tip
It’s a good idea to save your Three-Layered Image as a

Activate the White Frame (Clipboard) Layer.

6/ (
Scale Tool For Beginners Tutorial)
Then from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Scale Tool.

Then left-click over your image to isolate the White Frame with a Scale Transformation Bounding Box. And resize the White Frame by tugging one of the Scale Tool’s Repositioning Handles. Complete the resize by clicking the Scale tab.

Then activate the Move Tool, grab the White Frame, and centrally reposition it over the Swan Image - as illustrated below.


Save Image Tip
Save your Three-Layered Image as a

7/ Perspective Tool
It’s time to deform the White Frame to a squashed-down position. Therefore, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Perspective Tool.

(Still working on the White Frame Layer), left-click over your image. This isolates your White Frame with a Perspective Transformation Bounding Box.

Now, grab the Top-right Repositioning Handle, and tug it to the left - as illustrated below. 

Then click the following Transform tab to complete the transformation.


Left-click over your image again. And this time, tug the Top-left Handle towards the Right

Then click the Transform tab to commit to change.

Now, activate the Scale Tool

Then left-click over your image, and from the subsequent Transformation Bounding Box, grab the Top-middle Handle and tug it Downwards - as illustrated below. 

Then click the Scale tab to commit the change.

Now, working between the Perspective Tool and the Scale Tool, gently stretch and deform the White Frame, so it’s positioned over the swan’s lower area - as illustrated below.

Scale Tool Example

After you have deformed (squashed down) the White Frame to your liking, you are ready for the next step.

Save Image Tip
It’s a good idea to save your Three-Layered Image as a

From the Toolbox, activate the Eraser Tool.

And enter the following Hard Round Brush settings into the Options Box.

You can quickly resize the Eraser Tool by tapping your Keyboard’s Square Bracket Keys (with caps OFF).

For precision, Zoom Into your frame .

Now, (still working on the Frame Layer): erase part of the White Frame, so the swan appears to be in front of (or on top of) it - as illustrated below. Then return your image to is original size.

Undo Tip (Ctrl Then Z)
If you remove too much White Frame, you can quickly return your image to a previous state by tapping Ctrl then Z.

Now, it’s time to create the out of bounds effect by removing blue pixels from outside the white frame. I am demonstrating this technique using GIMP’s Eraser Tool, however, there’s nothing preventing you from employing a
Layer Mask, if you prefer.

Now, hide the Middle Layer’s (Background Copy’s) Visibility by clicking to remove the
Layer’s Eye Icon. And then right-click over Bottom Layer (Background Layer). And from the subsequent drop-down list, choose Add Alpha Channel.

Ensure the Bottom Layer, (Background Layer) is the active Layer - as illustrated below.

Now, Zoom into your work. And still working on the Background Layer (and being careful to avoid the swan, and not to transcend inside the White Frame) Left-click and begin erasing the blue pixels around the White Frame - as illustrated below. (If you make an error, press Ctrl then Z to step backwards).

Then continue to erase blue pixels around and close to the Swan. 

You may find this easier if you first remove the outside pixels using a Hard Round Brush. Then before removing pixels close to the swan, reducing the Brush’s Opacity, or selecting a Soft Brush.

When working close to the swan’s head and neck area, you will find it helpful to exchange the Hard Brush for a Medium-to-Soft Brush.

To avoid removing photographic pixels inside the White Frame, ensure the Eraser Tool does not transcend over the White Frame. Although the Brush can touch the Frame, as illustrated below - it mustn’t go beyond (inside) it. 

After you have removed the majority of unwanted pixels, as illustrated below, you are ready for the next step.


Now, Zoom into your image, and taking your time - slowly remove the pixels close to the upper swan. Remember, you can quickly revert your image to a previous state by clicking Ctrl then Z.
Navigation Tip
To see how you are progressing: from the top menu, choose Windows then choose Dockable Dialogues and then click Navigation. Then adjust your image’s size by moving the Navigator’s slider.

After you have completely removed the upper sky pixels, and have returned your image to its original size. Right-click over the Background Copy (the Middle Layer). And from the subsequent drop-down menu, choose Delete Layer.


Save Image Tip
It’s a good idea to save your Layered Image as a

Now, right-click over the White Frame Layer (Clipboard Layer). And from the subsequent drop-down list, choose Merge Down.

Congratulations, you have created your Out of Bounds Frame, and it is ready to utilise
and save.

Drop Shadow Tip
To apply a Drop Shadow, from the top menu, choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow. From the subsequent Drop Shadow dialogue box, apply settings of your choice, and then click OK.

Transparent GIF Tip
Link Here to learn how to save your Transparent Image as a Transparent GIF.

Fill Layer Tip
Tutorial Here demonstrates how to create a Fill Layer and Fill it with either a Solid Colour, Pattern or a Gradient.


Water Drops And Soap Bubbles Tip
If you like, first Copy and Paste, and then rearrange and Resize/Reposition the Soap Bubbles and Water Drops over your final image using the
Scale and Move Tools. (Duplicating the Soap Bubble/Water Drop Layers will deepen their effect.

When repositioning the Soap Bubble/Water Drops using the Move Tool, mark the following Move the active layer tab.

Sharpen Tip
Your image will benefit from a Sharpening Filter: Filters then Enhance

Sharpen Images Tutorial

Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun converting your favourite photographs into personalised Out of Bounds Frames.

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