wow, this turned into the most useful thread
to teach me a lot about GIMP. I would'a used
the program for a few years and wouldn't have
known what you told us. Now to go back to first
email and try it all out.
Thanks Steve.

On 12/28/11, Steve Kinney <> wrote:
> On 12/27/2011 09:28 PM, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> [ ...a whole bunch of stuff that I mostly left out of this reply, and:]
>> I just don't know how to look at two or more layers on my screen
>> all at once, you in separate display windows.  [...] I would feel
>> more comfortable if I could see the thing I am cloning from _and_
>> the thing I am cloning to, all at once, in two windows on the same
>> screen...
> In the Layers dialog, click and drag the layer that will be your
> "source" for cloning onto the button field on your main toolbox.
> Boom, a new image opens that IS that layer, only.  Select your
> cloning origin normally by ctrl-clicking on the new image, go to the
> original image window and start painting with copied pixels.  Done?
> Select the temporary window and close it.
>> P.S.  How does one just simply merge two images?  I'd really like
>> to see what my img001-inverted.jpg and img001-inverted2.jpg would
>> look like if they were smashed together.  (And actually, maybe the
>> combination of those two is the thing that I really want to be
>> cloning from.)
> Put the two images on two layers, and whichever is on top, dial back
> that layer's opacity some via the slider in the Layers dialog in the
> dock where it lives.  If you end up looking at a finished image you
> like but needs some more work, do "copy visible" (a.k.a.
> ctrl+shift+c) and "paste" (a.k.a. ctrl-v), click the "new layer"
> button to make the floating selection a "real" layer, and what you
> saw is what you get as a single layer - without destroying the
> layers you were blending together.
> Note that you can do filters and corrections on a copy of a layer,
> "overdo" it a bit on purpose, then adjust the opacity of the altered
> layer to "dial back" the effect on the finished image until it looks
> "just right".
> You can also apply a filter that you only want to use "here and
> there" on an image to a whole duplicate layer, add a black layer
> mask to it, select the black mask, and start to paint on the image
> with white.  This amounts to "painting with" the filter you applied,
> just as and where you want it to be applied.  Overshot your mark?
> Try painting over the excess white with black, to sharpen the
> corners or make the edges go exactly where you want.  "Undo" is one
> black brush stroke away no matter how many steps back the "error" in
> "applying the filter to the image" was made.
>> kind-of reminds me of my old days, 40 years ago, back in the
>> darkroom when I used to play around with "solarizing" prints.
>> What fun!
> Yup, I loves me some electric darkroom action. Not to mention the
> bargain price for all that electric film!
> :o)
> Steve
> P.S. I should not do this, because you might have too much fun:
> Download the version for your OS, extract it from the archive, and
> drop it into the plug-ins directory wherever your GIMP program files
> live.  Then start the GIMP, open some image or other, and go to
> Filters > G'MIC...  280 filters, nice big preview pane, expect
> multiple OMFG moments.
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