For this project you will be working with a variety of layers. We will be creating a shadow effect as well as a double exposure effect. You will be setting a scene inside of a paint splatter and labeling the tube of paint. See my example below.
Step 1: Paint Tube and Drop Shadow
First choose a paint tube to start with. You can find your own as well....otherwise save one of my images below.
Create a new file in GIMP (the size of your image should be 900X900 pixels)
Go to File-->Open As Layers and open the paint tube you saved (you should now have two layers--1 your background and 2 your paint tube)
Using your Lasso Tool, select your paint tube. Invert your selection and go to Edit-->Cut to delete the background......keep a little bit of the paint.
Duplicate your paint tube layer. Desaturate the bottom paint tube and bring down the lightness completely (should be VERY dark)
Stack the paint tube layers on top of each other (slightly offset so to resemble a shadow)
On you bottom paint tube layer....go to Filters-->Blur-->Gaussian Blur. Play around with your blur settings until you get a blur that is right for you. Your paint tube should now have a shadow under it.
Merge your top paint tube onto your drop shadow so you are back to having only a background layer and a paint tube layer.
Step 2: Paint Splat and Scenery Double Exposure
Choose a paint splat from below that you would like to use. .(you can also search for your own image)
Create a new image. File-->New set your pixel size to 900X900 pixels. Go to File-->Open as Layers and open your paint spill.
Adjust the size of your paint spill so that it fills most of your image.
Search for a HIGH RESOLUTION (900x900) image of what you would like to be "pouring out" of your paint tube. Save it to your computer. Go to File-->Open As Layers to open it to your paint spill image. Make sure your image is the top layer.
Change the size of this layer to so that its Height is 900 Pixels. Layer-->Scale Layer. Now the image will fill your window.
In your layers window, set the layer mode to Lighten Only. Use the move tool to position your image so it fits just right inside of your paint splatter.
When your paint spill looks right, MERGE all of your layers down so that you have one layer left.
Use your "Select By Color Tool". Switch your Foreground and Background colors so that your Foreground color is White. Click anywhere on your white background to select all of the white. Edit-->Cut to delete the white.
Step 3: Putting it all Together
Go to Select-->None to deselect everything. Drag your Paint Spill Layer over to your Paint Tube image.
Using the Move, Scale, and Rotate Tools, position your paint spill and tube how you would like.
Use your lasso tool to select and delete any part of the paint coming out of the tube that is showing.
While selected on your Paint Tube Layer. Go to Color-->Hue and Saturation. Play around with the toggles to change the paint tube to colors that fit with your image.
Make sure you have your paint spill layer active, use your Smudge Tool to blend your paint layer so that it looks as though it is coming out of your paint tube.
Your image should be similar to this.
Step 4: Creating the Label
I chose to use the brush tool and handwrite the label. You can also use the text tool. The handwritten look can be a nice touch.
Create a new Layer (900X900 Pixels)--Make the background set to Transparency. With your Paintbrush Tool write the name of your paint tube.
Go to Layer-->Autocrop Layer to make it easier to manage. Scale, Rotate and Move the label to fit your paint tube.
File-->Export As to export the file as a .png or .jpeg and email to me!