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Old 05-15-2012, 10:27
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Hi there!

I just downloaded Gimp and have a few questions...

I've always just used the editing from windows photo gallery...but I want to be able to "blur" the backgrounds...kind of like in this photo:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/82427016...earch_type=all

I also love how crisp and white the photo is too with the white background..I've seen the tutorials using the cardboard box, do you think that is how this was achieved?? I'm also attaching one of my own pics below (can't figure out how to add the pic itself so I put in the link..) to show how I usually put the piece on paper and have to crouch down to ensure I don't get anything in the photo I don't want (such as the back of the chair it is sitting on LOL) or add a prop to the back. Would LOVE to simplify!
https://www.etsy.com/transaction/501...on_id=50104466

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for ANY help! It looks like I have to unexpectedly re-open my shop, so looking to spruce things up!

~Sara

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Old 05-15-2012, 10:32
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When I tried to add my own photo itself (like shown in the post), it came out HUGE...is there a way to re-size? Sorry for all the ?'s...to say I'm "technologically challenged" is an understatement...

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Hi Sara! First off, I'm pretty sure they didn't blur the background in Gimp. That effect in the photo you linked to is usually achieved by using the macro setting on your digital camera. Macro focuses on close-up objects, and will blur out the rest of the background automatically.

And yes, that probably achieved that white background look using a light box and some editing in Gimp or Photoshop! I made my own light box using a tutorial I found (ohsheglows.com/2011/01/26/how-to-make-a-light-box/) and then I always edit my photos in Gimp using the Levels tool to achieve a crisp, white background.

To resize photos in Gimp, go to Image > Scale Image. Hope that helps!
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Hi Sara! First off, I'm pretty sure they didn't blur the background in Gimp. That effect in the photo you linked to is usually achieved by using the macro setting on your digital camera. Macro focuses on close-up objects, and will blur out the rest of the background automatically.

And yes, that probably achieved that white background look using a light box and some editing in Gimp or Photoshop! I made my own light box using a tutorial I found (ohsheglows.com/2011/01/26/how-to-make-a-light-box/) and then I always edit my photos in Gimp using the Levels tool to achieve a crisp, white background.

To resize photos in Gimp, go to Image > Scale Image. Hope that helps!
Thank you SO much! I appreciate the advice I will have to play around with my camera...Macro setting is the little flower pic, right?? I'm hopeless with electronics LOL Thanks again
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I agree the camera was most likley on a macro setting, and she used a lightbox.
Here are some GREAT turtorials on using gimp. I highly recommend them. They will make using gimp so much easier.
http://gimpedtutorials.com/index.php...g-around-gimp/
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I agree the camera was most likley on a macro setting, and she used a lightbox.
Here are some GREAT turtorials on using gimp. I highly recommend them. They will make using gimp so much easier.
http://gimpedtutorials.com/index.php...g-around-gimp/
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I've been staring at the screen with a confused look for a while...LOL
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Actually, that's my pic . It was taken in natural light - on some tagboard on the floor next to my sliding glass door. When it's sunny I use a sheet of tissue paper to diffuse the light. I used to use a light box, but to me nothing beats good natural light. I have a good DSLR and a good lens (I believe I just took this pic on the 'auto' setting) - the only editing done to the picture was brightening, possibly upping the contrast a little, and cropping. HTH!
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Actually, that's my pic . It was taken in natural light - on some tagboard on the floor next to my sliding glass door. When it's sunny I use a sheet of tissue paper to diffuse the light. I used to use a light box, but to me nothing beats good natural light. I have a good DSLR and a good portraiture lens (I believe I just took this pic on the 'auto' setting) - the only editing done to the picture was brightening, possibly upping the contrast a little, and cropping. HTH!

Thank you so much!! Your shop and photos are fabulous!! I soo need a new camera..someday!!

~Sara
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Thanks . I realized after looking at which listing you were talking about again, that I was most likely using the manual setting, 35mm lens, and had the aperture wide open (probably f/1.8) to achieve the shallow depth of field (i.e. the blurring in the background). Sorry about that, I use the auto for the majority of my product photos - that's what I get for typing in the wee hours of the morning .
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