GIMP trick: make your subject pop out of a photo

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This is an easy and nice GIMP trick, so easy that anyone can follow it just with a bit of patience, and I try to present it in to the very detail for beginners.

Basically we will do this:
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Follow those steps:
And we are done!

Optionally you can add more steps to impress people with your GIMP skills:

Leave the picture transparent, with a solid background or with a textured one, just as you like. Here I used a stone pattern from GIMP and adjusted the perspective of its layer:
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That was all!

Fell free to make your own better looking photo manipulation, show the world what GIMP wizard you are!


You can leave comments, complaints, suggestions, praises on my blog.

Update: Here is another image made with the same technique:
jump out of gimp

Update: a Romanian translation is also available.

 This tutorial is free, but if you find it entertaining, pretty please (this is not a requirement, only my humble wish) send an email to dioanad at server with thanks for motivating me to publish it and expressing your unhappiness to the same person for destroying my motivation to publish more.
Be nice, polite and do not do nasty things with the address above. Thank you.
Many thanks to my friends at, and Inovatika for motivating me to write this.