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Is there a way to in GIMP to apply a color layout to an image?

For example this image has a blue color laid out on it. How can I do something similar to another image?

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  • Welcome to the site! You can improve your question by showing us what you have tried so far that hasn't worked or listing the terms that you have searched for prior to posting a question here. – JohnB Apr 7 '15 at 14:06
  • @JohnB Hi, I'm new to gimp and don't even know what terms to search on google for this I tried "how to layout color on top of image" however, most of what I found was how to change background color of an image. – birdy Apr 7 '15 at 14:11
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    try searching for 'colour overlay' or 'gradient overlay'. This question might help. – Vincent Apr 7 '15 at 14:15
  • actually I tried "toggle quick mask" but it just lays out a red mask. I can't seem to change its color – birdy Apr 7 '15 at 14:15
  • Also see this question using another source but the procedures are the same. – Takkat Apr 7 '15 at 20:59
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In GIMP or any other Image editing program, the easiest way is to use Layers for this kind of thing. Check GIMP's initial documentation on Layers here: http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-using-layers.html

The basic concept is that each image, when open in GIMP behaves not only as a printed image on paper, but as a stack of several transparent films, the bottommost of which is your "background". By pressing ctrl + L in GIMP, you will focus the Layers dialog - just click on the New Layer icon there, choose "transparent layer" - you can now draw over your original image, without affecting its contents. There is an "Opacity" slider where you can make it partially transparent and have an effect similar to above.

Play around, and see the documentation (on layer modes, and such) to get the best results for you.

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