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How to Equally Blend Multiple Images in GIMP
During my today's walk on Warsaw I took many different photos. Some of them were series of photos of a road from exactly same place, with a purpose of merging them together into a single photo. My idea was to just average the color of each pixel, so it should be like:
out = 1/4 * (img + img + img + img)
But how to do this in GIMP? There is no such filter AFAIK. An obvious solution is to use blending - Mode and Opacity settings for layers - but it turns out to be not so simple. Each layer blends with a merged image from beneath it, so instead of average formula above we have to refer to a formula for blending (linear interpolation), which is:
out[i] = t[i] * img[i] + (1-t[i]) * out[i+1]
i is a layer index 0..(n-1), indexed from the topmost layer,
t[i] is Opacity parameter for layer i.
After expanding it for 4 layers, the formula becomes:
t * img0 + (1-t) * (
t * img1 + (1-t) * (
t * img2 + (1-t) * (
t * img3 + (1-t) * 0
Finally, after doing some math with pen and paper, I calculated that to equally blend (average) n images in GIMP, you should:
By the way, I've found a website where panorama photos can be uploaded for free and interactively viewed using just Flash. Here is my profile: reg | Panogio.