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Old 06-06-2009, 11:25 AM Top   #1 (permalink)
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First let me start off by saying I am NOT a technology guy. Someone says hit the ANY key and I'm pulling out the sledgehammer trying to find it. There probably are much easier ways to do what I am doing but this is what has been working for me so I'm sticking with it until I figure out something better.

First I started with a wallpaper background I wanted to see my bike on. I'm sure I can eventually make my own but I'm not that far along just yet so I went with this:



Then I took a picture of my bike I wanted to use:



Using the "free select" tool (top row of the tools menu, looks like a lasso) I used the right click and held it down to draw a rough line around the bike. It doesn't have to be neat just useable. Then I cut the bike out:



Then pasting the bike on the appropriate background as a layer (Edit> paste as> new layer). Using the "Move Tool" I placed the bike roughly where I wanted it.



From there comes the less fun part of cutting out the remainder of the old background to expose the one that you want. This was done using the Free Select tool as well in sections starting with big chunks and moving to smaller and smaller ones until you get to cutting out the gaps between the spokes.



as you can see in this different version of a pic I was working on everything else is cut out except for the bike's inner parts to include the insides of both tires.

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If you have to save the pic you are working on but want to keep the layers save it as an XCF file or else your layers will be merged and flattened and when you go back you won't delete from the layer but from the picture and will have to star all over again. Your final product will look like this.



I used the "move tool" to position the bike as needed and the "Scale Tool" to fit the bike to the image. This allows you to cut down the size of the layer without cutting the size of the background. Sorry this is so brief, I'll add more as I get more time. If you have a question or something PM or E mail me.
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Moose, all in all, you did good. I have been doing this shit for around 20 years so I tend to get critical, but it looks good
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Looks like a good job to me as I wouldnt have the patience (or the time for that matter)
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thanks guys, I'm by no means and expert and I can pick apart the completed picture above but I've only got a couple weeks into this program and am getting there. I've figured out how to get the grass out of the tires, and need to be a bit more patient in keeping the tires round. I'm working on another one, we'll see how it goes. This should at least help OJ and Streetglide get their projects going.
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Okay, time for a little more blunt force with photos.

First thing I did was after finishing the picture above I saved the bike alone without the background. This gives me a fresh start and something a bit easier to work with.



Then I decided on someone to sit on the bike to class it up a bit. Plus some clothing on the next one would be a nice change of pace.



This needed a little work, the size was too small, the angle wasn't right and the books on the floor had to go as well. The drawing was on a white background so that was easy to work with as well and I tried something different this time. The "Foreground Select Tool" works pretty well as long as there is a good contrast between what you are selecting and what is in the background. On my picture of the bike it doesn't work well as there is white and green reflected in the bike and in the background. If you try the foreground select you'll get the "Free Select" prompt. Like above circle the image you want to cut out of the picture. Once the circle is complete you will get another icon which is a small circle. Click and drag the circle to cover the colors of the image you want to get without hitting the background you want to leave behind at all. You get more than one shot at this so take your time and make sure that everything you want is colored and everything you do not want is in blue. When you are done hit the enter button. This gives you just the image you wanted, copy or cut it out and paste it as a layer directly on the picture or as a file unto itself. I was able to cut the books on the floor out and was left with just her.



Then I had to make some changes. First thing first was to flip and size her. This could be done on top of the bike image or in a file of it's own. To make it easier to show here I did it on a file of it's own. The process was simple. Image > Transform > flip horizontally if you do it as a file of its own OR Layer > Transform > Flip horizontally if you have it as a layer above the bike. Going back to the tool box I selected the "Rotate Tool" (3rd row on the end). I then selected the girl, clicked towards the lower right side of the box surrounding her and by clicking and dragging repositioned her as needed. Of course this gave her skirt kind of an unnatural angle so it was cropped off using the "Free Select" tool.



As you can see I also increased her size to fit better on the bike. This was done by using the "Resize Tool" in the toolbox (4th row down first icon). It's done by selecting the image and clicking and dragging on a corner much like you would use for any windows based program. A popup box comes up when you select the image and when you have it the size you want you click "resize". this also happens when you use the "Rotate Tool". I left the back of the skirt figuring it would fit in with the seat a bit better and could be trimmed more to fit when needed.

Finally I pasted her on the bike by using the "Foreground Select Tool" again and copying her from the image file I started with. Using the "Move Tool" and "Rotate Tool" I fitted her on the bike. To make the image seem more natural I cut out her legs using the "Free Select Tool" so they gave the appearance of laying in between the bars. This was kind of a trial and error way of going about it but I did small sections at a time and think it turned out okay.



Now the image is ready to merge together Layer > Merge Down which attaches the two layers together. In my opinion she's a little mis-sized for the bike right now so I'll probably adjust her just a bit more but it gives you the idea. From there I have to select a background to paste this image onto. What I will most likely do is use the "Foreground Select Tool" again to take just her and the bike and paste them onto the new background. I have noticed that this particular tool sometimes has a hard time picking up spokes. You can use the "Toolbox" to resize the brush you are using but even then it doesn't get them all. What I may end up doing is cutting it out as described above but cutting the image tight off of the white background as it will be easier to descern the image.
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Here's a link to the users manual for you guys who would like the way to do this from guys smarter than me.

http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/en/
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thanks UNIMOOSE.....that sure helps! I'm still working on my little project. I was ripping my nose hair out trying save what I'd edited.
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