Posted on May 23, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

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So, maybe you've been seeing some great "merged" or "layered" or "textured" photos on the web, and would love to have that look for the graphics on your web page or blog.  Did you know it's easy and fun to do?


This can be done in photoshop, or Gimp (which is the "free" equivalent of photoshop, and is what I use).   First you start with your main photo, and open it in your photo editor.  Let's use this one.


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Then, you click on "Layers" and "create a new layer."


Then, you'll add your second photo.  You can either click and drag one of the pre-loaded textures, patterns, gradients, or pallets, or you can use a photo you already have, or you can get one of about a gazillion free textures from places like Deviant Art or Flickr from the web (as always, be careful about downloading files from unkown sources).  You can click and drag from just about any window directly onto your newly created layer.  I'm ujsing a pattern that is alread in Gimp, called "Pine?" (yes, it has a question mark in the title), which I have desaturated, and lightened to look like this:



 Finally, with both layers visible, I used the "opacity" slider, to select how much of the original image and how much of the layer I wanted to show, and ended up with this:



And Voila!  It looks like we've printed the WebRev logo on wooden plaque.  Not bad.  I wonder if I should send this to Tim Short?  ;-)


Here's a video by Malgalin, with more details on exactly how to use textures in Gimp.




Jennifer Pointer


Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 


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