The skinny on how to merge photos in GIMP

Asked by Georges Rodier on 2009-11-29

I can use the GIMP for basic photo cropping and modifications but I need to merge four photos to form one whole photo. Please provide the skinny on how to merge photos. I believe this requires adding new layers but how does one import a second, third and fourth photo? (I'm sleepless in Vancouver, BC,) Many thanks.

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Best Joe Liau (joe) said :
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I'm not entirely sure what you mean by merging four photos. Would it be like a panorama?

You might want to try http://hugin.sourceforge.net/ instead of GIMP.

Otherwise, what I would do is create a new document in GIMP that is larger than the four combined photos, then paste them in and join them that way.

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Georges Rodier (mitw) said :
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Not a panorama. The four are different overlapping quadrants of the same early 19th century handwritten document, a certificate too large for any photocopier available to the current owner - and not accessible to me. The four need to be brought into the same photo and then slid over each other matching up texts exactly - all to form one image. I suspect this requires four transparent layers, correct? I take it that hugin only merges side-to-side, correct? OR, from looking at http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/multi-row/en.shtml - it looks as though hugin might do the trick. Am I correct, i.e., two rows of photos stitched overlapping to form one?

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Georges Rodier (mitw) said :
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I am giving hugin a try. Many, many thanks for the help.

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Georges Rodier (mitw) said :
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Thanks Exar, that solved my question.