Today I introduced some techniques used in working on the composite face assignment which is due on Wednesday. If you complete it early – choose a new set of faces and work on another one, then submit your best work.
Here are some tips:
use a transparent layer on the top of the stack – draw some marks on it for eyes, nose, mouth, outline of face, etc to use as a guide to align the facial features of the other layers
use the scale tool to make the faces bigger or smaller
use the rotate tool if necessary
use the move tool (choose “move active layer”) in order to align the facial features
remember that if one element appears on top of another in the stack of layers, it will cover up the ones underneath
use layer masks to show only the parts of the layers you want to be part of the picture
use a brush with fuzzy edges for smooth transitions between the different elements
to match skin tones you can use the levels to darken or lighten
to match skin tones you can create a colour layer of a darker skin-like colour, then blend with the one below using the “overlay” blend mode
GIMP – We took a photo of a flower and and made several duplicate layers and then used the colorize tool to tint each one a different colour. We then applied layer masks to block out each layer and then selectively coloured in parts of the image different colours by painting white on the black layer masks.
We discussed the concept of depth of field in photography. We learned how to blur the background in GIMP in order to draw the viewer attention to the subject.