Creating blend effect using gimp
Using gimp we can create animated gif image with a blending effect, that is one image blends into another as shown below.
Here is how we can create the above animation in gimp.
First we need the images we need to use for the blend effect, in the above animation we have used the following three images created using gimp itself.
They can be created using the logo creation tool available under file->create->logos and the above effect is glossy.
Once the images are ready, open gimp.
choose a template size bigger than the biggest of the images to be used in animation and click on ok.
Drag and drop the images into gimp in the order in which the images have to appear in the animation.
For the above animation we will drop “linux.jpg” first, then “is.jpg” and then “”freedom.jpg”.
Now click on filter->animation->blend.
The following menu will appear.
The number of intermediate frames decide how slow the transition from one image to another should happen. In the above animation we have chosen the number to be 20 to make the transition happen slowly.
The blur option is to choose how much should the image blur before appearing and disappearing, the above animation has 0 blur. Click on “ok” and wait for gimp to do the magic. Once done we should see a new window as follows.
To preview the animation click on filter->animation->playback
Click on the play button to see the animation. If the animation is satidfactory close the preview and save the animation by clicking on
Enter the name and add the extension .gif example blend.gif
A menu as below will be shown, click on save as animation and click on export
In the next window we can choose the delay between individual frames, but in this case we can leave it as default and click on save and the animation should be ready.