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This is a discussion on Photo montage tutorial within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This was requested on another forum and I'm sure that Maura will appreciate. I hope ...

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    Default Photo montage tutorial

    This was requested on another forum and I'm sure that Maura will appreciate.
    I hope this helps you to understand how I do that.

    My Phal. lueddemanniana, blooming now.

    First of all, choose different interesting photos, generally 2 to 4 photos, with a black background, it's easier :

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    Create a new "virgin" photo, with black background :

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    Copy and paste (where you want) the 1st photo (in whole or a part) in the new one :

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    Don't forget to save your work at each step because sometimes Gimp stops working and crashes !!!

    For the 2nd one, I decide to cut a part of the photo (drawing myself with the tool) and pasting it in a new layer (useful if the photos overlap at the end). Here, only the new transparent layer is visible :

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    With the 2 layers merged :

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    Then I correct the edges (badly cut) with the brush by cloning the black background :

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    For the 3rd photo, I first rotate it for a proper orientation of the flower :

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    Then I draw the interesting area and I copy :

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    And paste it in the new photo montage :

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    Then, I correct the edges by cloning the black background :

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    Sometimes by enlarging the display to be precise :

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    After 40 minutes of intensive work :

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    And the result for you :

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    cool......what material do you used as background during the initial part where you photographed those blooms? any special cloth for photography? or any black card board will do? i tried using a black t-shirt of mine before but it does not turn out totally black as yours.

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    I use a large piece of black tissue (the best is velvet). I put it one meter or more behind the plant (to be fuzzy). I frequently correct the black background as a first step (color selection and contrast modification).

    Looking at the result, I think that I forgot to rotate the 1st photo for a better display.

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    Bravo!

    cheers,
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    Awesome !! The best tutorial, I will forward this link to my sister as well she is into photography and editing. Thanks a tonne !

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    Quote Originally Posted by eorchids View Post
    This was requested on another forum and I'm sure that Maura will appreciate.
    I hope this helps you to understand how I do that.

    I most certainly do!

    A couple of things - I agree with you about black velvet - after trying all kinds of black materials, I found that all but the velvet would return a blue cast on the photo.

    Like you, I use the black background to make sure my colors are correct - if they aren't, the black won't be a true black.

    You can place the background more closely behind the subject and still have it blurred out, but you have to make f-stop adjustments - for my point'n shoot - I just do it by eye.

    Do you think you could give a 2-sentence description about GIMP? I think it would be helpful to a lot of people.

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