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How to Blend Images using GIMP



GIMP (stands from GNU Image Manipulation Program) is an open source image and photo editing tool. In short, GIMP is the free and open-source alternative to Photoshop, available for almost all operating systems (Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X).

Image blending is a common task. It can be applied with many ways. Here is a simple example.

According to this UN report, more people worldwide have mobile phones than toilets. I want to write an article about this report and I will blend two images to use the result as the article image.

Source images

I will use two public domain images. The first one shows men silhouettes using mobile phone photos:

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Second image shows a ground toilete in Botswana:

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Open images

From the Menu, select: File → Open as Layers...

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Use CTRL + CLICK to select the images. The result is

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Resize canvas and arrange images

From the Menu, select: Image → Canvas Size...

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Using the Move Tool from the Toolbox window

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Place second image to the right side of canvas

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Add Layer Mask

From the Layers window, select the second image and Add Layer Mask

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Hit Add

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Blend images

From the Toolbox window, select the Blend Tool

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Click and drag the Blend Tool in the images overlap

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The result is

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Blending result

This is the finally blending result:

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Experimenting with different parameters can give even better results.

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