Welcome everybody! In today’s tutorial I’m going to realize a photomontage about a tree in a light bulb!

Before starting, download these materials:

– Birds brushes

– Grunge brushes 

Begin by creating a new document in Gimp, I’m using a 1600 x 1200 sized document and open the light bulb image (choose  the one you prefer).

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Click on the light bulb layer and delete the inner part of the light bulb with clone tool (if you need to block out the image use a layer mask). Fill the background layer with a light grey color in order to better see the light bulb.

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This will be the result:

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Then create a new layer and open the image of a plot of land: it will be dirt at the bottom of the light bulb.

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Right – click—> Add layer mask

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Using the layer mask, delete the dirt around the light bulb like in the image below:

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Create a new layer and color with black around the dirt made previously. Then right – click—> Add layer mask.

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Give a shadow effect to the lower part of the light bulb with gradient tool, the outcome should be similar to the image below:

In this way the image will have a three – dimensional effect.

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Now go buyng seeds, plant them and grow a  beautiful tree in the light bulb ( don’t forget to water it!)

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Block out the tree image (on a new layer) with a layer mask and position it above the soil layer.

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The next step consists of filling the remaining part of the light bulb: create a new layer (and fill it with the dirt image used previously), then tilt the image with tilt tool in order to  give depth to  the soil. Delete extra parts with a layer mask. Set opacity to 80% and you will get this:

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If you look at the metallic part of the light bulb, you can see that light comes from left. So create a new layer, select brush tool (white color, brush opacity = 10%) and draw light on the left part of the light bulb.

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Create a new layer over the background and create an halo with color #fff000 around the light bulb. Light should be also behind the light bulb: color the light bulb layer mask in yellow using brush tool with opacity = 20%.

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Apply the gradient tool (radial mode) to the background layer with colors #c4c4c4 and #605f5f.

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Select brush tool with grunge mode in order to dirty the background, color = #646464.

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It’s time for details: create some birds outside and some stars inside the light bulb. Concerning the birds, create a new layer and draw them with the brushes downloaded  at the beginning of this tutorial.

To realise the stars, create a new layer under the tree layer and draw the stars with brush tool “Hardness 050” (color #94bbdf, layer opacity = 50%).

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As last step, add some bright  rays from the light bulb! Click on Filters—> Light and Shadow—> Supernova and configure the settings below:

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Position the layer just created over the background layer.

This will be the final outcome:

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These are other examples that you can realise:

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