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How To Remove Image Backgrounds Using Gimp

The GNU Image Manipulation Program or “GIMP” is an excellent free and open source software created and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer developers. This is an incredibly full-featured image editor with powerful tools to get the most out of your graphics and photos. Don’t let the complexity daunt you. Sometimes it’s just a very handy tool for doing simple tasks.I published another tutorial about How to resize an image in GIMP and how Make GIMP look like Photoshopbut what if you want to remove the background from an image in GIMP:

There are many reasons why you might want to remove the background from an image, but it can be a difficult process. However, there are many great tools and approaches to complete this task. This how-to explores how to use them in GIMP.

Prepare an image in GIMP

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

1. Launch GIMP and use “File – Open” to select the image you want to remove the background fromI used this photo of a snowman for a wool craft project. This is because it has some tricky aspects such as very hairy and vague contours that can show different approaches.

2. Left click on the active layer to add “Alpha Channel” to the active layer, right click and select “Add Alpha Channel”.

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

Now we are ready to remove the background using various tools. Note that the tools we are considering here are all kinds of selection tools. However, although this task always removes the selection, these selection methods can be used with other tools. Move, scale, bucket fill tools and more.

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