Step 4 Adding a New Object or Layer Sky to an Image

GIMP offers several alternatives for importing images as layers and combining several different image files into a single file. Importing images is pretty easy: Simply drag and drop a layer from the Layers dialog on another image window. However, it is a good idea to adjust the size and resolution of the image layers you intend to import so they correspond to the target image's size and resolution. When importing images, only the layers are copied. The original images remain unchanged.

Figure 3.41

Dragging a layer

Figure 3.41

Dragging a layer

Here is an overview of the most important steps of this exercise:

• Open the images bluesky.xcf and hazysky.jpg from the SampleImages folder on the DVD.

• Position the two image windows so that they partly overlap, arranging the Layers dialog on the side.

• Click on the hazysky.jpg image to make it the active window. Click the Background layer in the Layers dialog and drag it partly over the visible bluesky.xcf image while holding down the left mouse button. Upon releasing the mouse button, the layer will be pasted into the bluesky.xcf image. This process copies layers rather than moving them.

• Rename the Background layer as hazysky. Move hazysky in the Layers dialog so that it is positioned beneath the landscape layer. (The easiest way is by dragging and dropping, or you can use the arrow keys at the bottom of the Layers palette. Remember that the layer must be active if you are going to move it.)

Finally, you must scale the layer so that it fits into the image. To scale the layer, choose Tools > Transform Tools > Scale or just use the Scale tool from the

Toolbox and follow the steps described in the next section.

■ 'blueslcyjrf-2.0 [RGB, 7 layers) 1772x1181 - «MP

File Edit Select View Image Layer Colors Tools Filters Video Windows Help

■ 'blueslcyjrf-2.0 [RGB, 7 layers) 1772x1181 - «MP

File Edit Select View Image Layer Colors Tools Filters Video Windows Help

Figure 3.42

Copied layer with dashed border

Figure 3.42

Copied layer with dashed border

U SI NG MASKS AN D LAYERS—PAI N TI NG, FI LLI N G, AND COLOR TOOLS

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