This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to Personalise a Mobile Phone’s Screen by blending 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.
When working with your own start images, to make life easier, ensure the Mobile Phone Image is larger than the Screen Image. Resize Images.
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.
Layer Two Images
The Free Select Tool
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).
Open your Start Images onto GIMP’s workspace.
2/ Copy & Paste (Layer) Two Images Tutorial For Beginners
Now, Copy & Paste (as a New Layer), the (Dog) Screen Image onto the Mobile Phone Image. Then, to save PC resources, close the original (Dog) Screen Image.
You should now have a two-layered image, as illustrated below.
From the Layers Palette, left-click and drag the (Dog) Screen Image below the Mobile Phone Image. As demonstrated below.
Currently, you won’t be able to see the (Dog) Screen Image, as demonstrated
above. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Your Screen Image will be revealed in Chapter 6.
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a GIMP XCF File.
4/ (Free Select Tool Tutorial For Beginners)
Now, activate the Mobile Phone Image. Then from the Toolbar, activate the Free Select Tool.
(Ensure Feather edges is not activated).
You will find the next step easier if you Zoom into your image.
Carefully isolate the Mobile Phone’s Screen with a Selection Marquee.
5/ Add Alpha Channel
Then right-click over the Mobile Phone Layer, and from the subsequent
drop-down list, select Add Alpha Channel.
Then from the top menu, choose Edit then choose Clear. (Or, tap your Keyboard’s Delete Key). This removes the selected screen, as illustrated below.
(From the top menu, choose Select then choose None).
7/ Resize And Rotate Images Tutorial Here
Now, activate the (Dog) Screen Image’s Layer. And working between the Move, Scale, and the Perspective Tools - Resize and Rotate the Dog Image so it fits snugly inside the Screen.
When you are happy with your final image, 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.
Blur Tool Tip
Any ragged Screen edges can be smoothed using the Blur Tool .
Congratulations, your Personalised Mobile Phone is complete, and it is ready to save.
Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun personalising your mobile phone image.
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