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Old Dec 4, 2005, 6:53 PM   #1
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I am new to this forum and am amazed by what you are able to do with pictures...

I have a pic of my baby girl and I am trying to set a uni-color background (light pink or purple). I am trying with the gimp...

Does someone know how I should proceed to achieve that with the GIMP 2.2 ?

Thanks a lot. Fab
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Old Dec 7, 2005, 7:35 AM   #2
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Well I don't use gimp but I have seen it during a quick evaluation. It uses masks just as photoshop and I was able to dig up a tutorial written for Gimp (check out others on same site) http://www.gimpguru.org/Tutorials/ReplaceBackground/

I did a very quick version, during morning coffee to show you what you can expect. This image suffers from a lot of shadow and bad light so you will have some work on levels to do. Here I used levels on the overall and a masked levels on the upper head. The mask was quick and dirty so I apologize. Background due to the shadows and no clean edges would be better graduated and from dark to light. This helps absorb some shadow area. I then added a color layer and tinted the outer edges with the background color this blends the black/dark grey shadow to fit with the background more a feel of cast color. the hair would want more work but as it blends into dark shadow is difficult to see so I went with a smooth head blend. Finally the edges of the mask are soft again to cope with the original background and the soft edges.
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Old Dec 7, 2005, 8:27 AM   #3
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Thank you creeduk.
That is what I expect to get...! I will try to follow the tutorial you indicated for the background replacement.


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Old Dec 8, 2005, 9:54 AM   #4
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That is the cutest picture of a floating baby I have ever seen :-)

They do amazing work here don't they!!

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