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Old 12-02-2010, 06:33 PM   #1
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Composite Image Creation with GIMP

I have four smaller jpg files, that I would like to merge into one file. Each image is similar in size, and they are color images.

Can someone give me a pointer, or point me to an example somewhere which will give me a little guidance to do this?

The only way I could get close is by creating multi-layered composites, which got really big. The only other way I could think of doing it is with OO, creating a presentation slide, and then rendering that slide. I'd like to understand how to do it with GIMP, so if there are any GIMP gurus, please share your wisdom.

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Check the videos at Meet the GIMP. It's the best tutorial on using the GIMP that I have ever seen.

There's a Table of Contents listing the contents of each episode.
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It's hard to tell exactly what you're trying to do, but with Gimp, you should be able to just open each small image in the Gimp, copy them, and paste into one larger file.

If I do that, I end up with a background layer, and a "floating selection" layer. When I deselect the floating layer, I end up with a single background layer. From there you should be able to export to a flat image (jpg, png, bmp, etc), and depending on the type & compression, you should end up with a reasonably sized file.

If for some reason, you are pasting into new layers, when done pasting, you can click "image"->"flatten image" to reduce them to a single layer. This really shouldn't be necessary, though, because as soon as it's exported to a flat image, those layers are gone.

Another option is to use ImageMagick, which is nice if you're trying to automate the task, but requires some command-line effort:



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