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Gimp immage manipulation (Resolved)

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My wife wants to print out a Christmas letter, she got fancy paper with a Christmas border. Now she would like to print a faint background image in the middle of the paper similar to a watermark and than type her letter over that. Does anyone have any ideas on how to print a faint image like that?
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You can do it using Layer Masks for the faint image. Then use the text tool to type the words on another layer above.

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I don't think I was clear enough, I would print out the sheets with the image on it and then she would type her letter and print it out on the pre-printed pages.

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I don't use Gimp that much but I use Photoshop at work all the time and this is what I'd do in Photoshop. I'd create a layer and put my image in it. Then, in order to make it appear faint, I'd put another layer on top of the first and flood fill it with white. Then change the opacity of the white layer to something like 70% in order to show some of the bottom layer. This should result in a faint image. Then just print as many copies as you want.
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GELvdH wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:37 pm
I don't think I was clear enough, I would print out the sheets with the image on it and then she would type her letter and print it out on the pre-printed pages.
Yeah, you were clear enough, and
racer-x is correct in using "layer Mask" to do it.

Create, or import your background image.
On the layers tool box, right click your background, click add Layer Mask
choose White full opacity (default) click add
Then use the gradient tool (left hand tool box)
click on image, and drag upwards, some trial, and error to get the right amount of "faintness"
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GELvdH wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:37 pm
I don't think I was clear enough, I would print out the sheets with the image on it and then she would type her letter and print it out on the pre-printed pages.
I would do something along the lines of what murray suggested, only I would use GIMP instead of Photoshop. And I might get lazy and simply adjust the opacity of the image itself.

I would not print out pages with the image and then print over that. I would create a LibreOffice Writer template where the background image was centered top and bottom, and then use that to compose the letters.

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Lots of very good ideas, thank you.

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This is a follow up to the GIMP question. Trying different ways to appease my loved one (newly married, 57 years). How do you flow text around an image in LibreOffice?

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murray wrote:
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:08 pm
I don't use Gimp that much but I use Photoshop at work all the time and this is what I'd do in Photoshop. I'd create a layer and put my image in it. Then, in order to make it appear faint, I'd put another layer on top of the first and flood fill it with white. Then change the opacity of the white layer to something like 70% in order to show some of the bottom layer. This should result in a faint image. Then just print as many copies as you want.
Or just have a white - or whatever - background and make the faint image layer (file -> open as new layer) opacity be 20% - or whatever, then put the text in a layer over that.
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GELvdH wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:13 pm
This is a follow up to the GIMP question. Trying different ways to appease my loved one (newly married, 57 years). How do you flow text around an image in LibreOffice?
In LibreOffice you can set background. If you want more options, use Scribus.

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GELvdH wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 2:13 pm
This is a follow up to the GIMP question. Trying different ways to appease my loved one (newly married, 57 years). How do you flow text around an image in LibreOffice?
Method 1: Right-click the image, and from the fly-out menu select Wrap. Then select the Wrap you want.

Method 2: Right-click the image, select Properties, and click on the Wrap tab. Select the Wrap you want.

In your original post you were trying to get a watermark effect. If you are still interested in that, you need to use In Background as a Wrap option.

If you need more control than that, I agree with kukamuumuka - Scribus is better tool for the job.

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One more option in LibreOffice: add text frame inside a picture.
text abobe picture.jpg

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Outstanding, this will make her very happy. Thanks to all.

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