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Gimp/Photoshop Elements

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Gimp is a photo editing program similar to Photoshop. It is free to use and can be downloaded at home. Below are some resources for Gimp.

Gimp - Link to the main page
Understanding Layers - Video that explains how layers work in photo editing programs

*Remember the difference between saving and exporting
*Edit your copies

Photo Editing

Selective Blur - Blur out distracting backgrounds

*Scissor Tool - Remove Background with Scissor Tool

STEPS TO REMOVE BACKGROUND
1. Open image
2. Click and trace around what you want to keep with the paths tool (add anchor, DON'T drag), hold the control key (Ctrl) when you click on your first dot (where you started)
3. Click on Select --> From Path
4. Click on Layer --> Transparency --> Add Alpha Channel
5. Click on Select --> Invert
6. Hit the delete key
7. Export as a PNG


MERGE OR COMBINE TWO IMAGES
1. Open background image
2. Click on File --> Open As Layers ...
3. Click on your layer, then click on Layer --> Scale Layer ...
4. Change to percent, guess an amount to scale, click on scale (if it's too big or small, undo and try again)
5. Use the move tool to move the layer where you want
6. Export as JPEG or PNG


PHOTO 1 & Multimedia


B&W
- Convert Image to B&W Tutorial with Gimp - Always take pictures in color
- Can be done using Pixlr - Adjustments --> Color --> Saturation @ -100
- Here is a link on how to convert an image to B&W with Photoshop Elements
- Tutorial videos on using Silver Efex Pro 2

VIGNETTE EFFECT
- Quickmask Tutorial - Use Gimp to add a frame or vignette effect to your images
.. Create a new layer after you've open your image and complete the steps on that layer
.. What is a layer mask?
1. Open image
2. Add a new transparent layer
3. Rectangle or Ellipse select tool
4. Click Quick Mask button
5. Click on Filters then choose an effect to try (Distort, Blur)
6. Click Quick Mask button and you should have a selection
7. Select --> Invert
8. Choose a foreground color and then click on Edit --> Fill with FG Color
9. Export your image

Can be done using Pixlr - Overlay --> Vignette --> Choose effect
- Here is a video on how to do this with Photoshop Elements

SELECTIVE COLOR
- Selective Color Tutorial - Use Gimp to pull out some color in your images and leave the rest B&W
-  Can be done using Pixlr - Adjustments --> Splash --> Use brush to paint color back in
- Here is a video on how to do this with Photoshop Elements

- The Clone Tool - Check out these links for examples and help using this tool
- Multiple Personalities - This video shows you how to combine your images together with Gimp

Google Nik Collection - Here is a link to the Nik collection. Each filter has help videos.

PHOTO 2

- Simple Watermark Tutorial - Create a simple text watermark
  .. Copy the copyright symbol from here
- Embossed Watermark Video Tutorial - Nice embossed watermark effect

EXPOSURE BLENDING
- Video on blending exposures or an HDR like effect
.. Under guided mode in Elements 14

- Unsharp Mask 
.. Documentation on using this filter in Gimp
.. Two sites that talk about the unsharp mask and suggested settings

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