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How to enlarge details or objects in photos using Gimp

Simple yet very useful Gimp tutorial where we make a detail or an object in a Photo bigger and more visible by resizing it and adding a white rounded square frame around it.

  Author: Spaceman | Version: 2.8.0 | 30th August 2012 |  

Open a picture where you want to enhance an object on.

I will zoom in on the little Boston Terrier dog strolling around in the water.


Choose the Rectangle Select Tool.


In the Rectangle Select options, choose Rounded corners and set the Radius to about 6 px.


Now select the object or a detail you want to enhance.

To create a perfect square selection hold the Shift key.

Press Ctrl + C to copy the selection and then Ctrl + V to paste it.


You created a new Floating selection layer, right click it and choose To New Layer.

Press Ctrl + L if you can't see the layers window.


Let's now make the dog larger.

Choose the Scale Tool.


Click your selection and drag on a square to resize the selection.

Hold the Ctrl key to keep the aspect ratio of the selection in tact.


Move your enhanced selection to the edge of the photo.

Or where ever you want it to be.

And press Enter.


Let's now add a white frame to your enhanced object.

Now create a selection around the layer by holding the Alt key and clicking the layer with your enhanced object.


Press D and then X to set the white foreground color.

In the menu click Edit and choose Stroke Selection...

Choose the Solid color option and set the Line width to about 5 px and click Stroke.


White frame has now been added.

Let's now add a simple arrow pointing from the enhanced object to the original one.

Create a new layer by clicking Layer in the menu and choosing New Layer... If a new window pops up choose the Transparency and click OK.

Choose Free Select Tool.


Create a selection similar to mine.

Just point and click to make a selection.


Choose the Blend Tool.


And create a gradient by clicking and dragging the mouse then letting the button go (see picture).


You can do this as many times as you want.


Now we need to move the new layer ...


... under the enhanced object layer.

Just drag and drop it under there.

Set the Opacity of the arrow layer to about 80 ...


... and you are done my friend!

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NikMan, 30th Aug 2012, 10:41 AM
Nice and useful tutorial. Thank you.
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mahesh256, 13th Apr 2014, 12:11 AM
Stroke Path locked .how to continue ?
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mat, 14th Apr 2014, 9:01 AM
Mahesh, oh I just noticed the mistake in tutorial. You should choose Stroke Selection and not Stroke Path.

Thanks for pointing that out.
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