How the Group Icon was made A1

Tutorial by: antonioVi

To start the tutorials on this Wiki, I will explain how the Group "Open Source Photography (OSP)" icon was made. It is a simple technique, put very useful to have as part of our digital darkroom skills, as it is the basis for other work we may want to exectue. As it is the case of "Cutouts" and "Clones". It will also introduce you to the power of the gimp "layers" capability.

Starting from the end of the story, the icon was made from a simple crop of this cloning photography, using flicr icon tool:


Now let us see how I reached this point. I went with my friend and son Pedro, to Gulbenkina a famous park in Lisbon, where by the way, one of the best Lisbon modern art museums is located. After going around for some time we found the ideal spot without too many people and with a cement block that could be used as a pedrestal to obtain our final result. Here I have installed the tripod 50cm from the cement block, and at the lowest possible position, I wanted to give Pedro a "big head". I then put my Sigma 18-200mm at 18 mm and composed the scene. I took the following two shots from Pedro (in fact I took many more as I wanted to have different expressions to choose from, as in many Pedro was smiling a bit too much):




Now I was ready to go to my Digital Darkroom. In fact this is a pompous name for my laptop loaded with a lot of Open Source Software. Lets follow the workflow to achieve the final result. It is not long.

1. I start loading the first photo in gimp:
File > Open

I end with the first image in the bottom layer of the gimp "Image Window".

* story continues tomorrow - do not loose next episode. It is really thrilling :-)) *

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