This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create a Venetian Blinds 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.
My Tutorial Here Demonstrates How To Desaturate An Image’s Colours.
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
Resize Two Layered Images Equally
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 Blinds GIMP1’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Copy.
Then from the Blinds Image GIMP 1 Image’s Top Menu, choose Edit and then choose Paste as and then choose New Layer - as illustrated below.
Maximise your Layered Image by clicking the following Maximise tab.
It’s safe to Close the original Blinds Gimp 1 Image - top menu, then File then Close.
Now you have Layered your two Start Images, you are ready for the next step.
Resize Two Images Note
Although not necessary for this tutorial: my Resize Two Images Equally Tutorial Here, demonstrates how to resize Two Layered Images, equally.
Now is a good time to save your Layered Image as a GIMP XCF File.
4/ Understand Blend Modes
Now, change the Top Layer’s (The Blind’s) Blend Mode from Normal to Overlay - as demonstrated below.
For personal blends, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.
Eraser Tool Note
Unwanted Blinds pixels can be removed using the Eraser Tool.
You can quickly Resize the Eraser Brush’s Size by tapping the Square (Outer) Bracket Keys.
5/ Flatten Image
When you happy with your work: 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.
Congratulations, your Venetian Blinds Blend is complete, and it is ready to save - top menu, then File then Save As.
Now you are more familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating personalised photo blends.
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