How to Remove the Background in GIMP

  1. Common Uses for the Popular Alternative to Photoshop
  2. Fuzzy selection tool (magic wand)
  3. Scissors selection tool
  4. Foreground select tool

Common Uses for the Popular Alternative to Photoshop

There are several ways to remove the background from an image using the popular Photoshop alternative GIMP. Each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses, which means that you should choose the options that best suit your situation. For example, if you’re trying to crop an image from a solid background, using the Fuzzy Selection tool is much easier than some of the other options. None of these methods are particularly difficult to use, but some can be tedious and time-consuming. Therefore, choosing the right image (if possible) can save a lot of time.

If the background of the image is not removed by pressing . to click remove on one of these, copy and paste the image into a new layer and try again.

Fuzzy selection tool (magic wand)

The Fuzzy Select tool is perfect for situations where your image has a solid background color. The Fuzzy Selection tool can select adjacent areas of the same color, so if you set the tolerance correctly, you can remove the entire background in just a few clicks.

  1. Select Fuzzy selection tool on the toolbar. The icon reminds magic wand

  2. Click on the fixed space you want to remove from the image. Did everything succeed? bust? There are settings for that Threshold

  3. Note the lower left corner of the screen. That’s where your tool options are. Find Threshold † This option allows you to adjust the distance you click with the tool. So the increase Threshold captures more similar colors, while zooming out narrows the selected colors.

    If the first time you click on the background there are parts that are not selected, increase the number in Threshold † If you’ve captured too many foreground selections, decrease the number Threshold

  4. With the whole wallpaper selected, press the key remove to remove the background.

  5. If for some reason the background doesn’t disappear, create a new transparent layer and place it behind your image. This should allow you to remove the background.

Scissors selection tool

The Scissors Selection tool lets you draw an outline around the foreground of your image, no matter what’s in the background, and use it to cut out what you want. The Scissors Selection tool will attempt to automatically detect and adjust the edges of the object you are outlining. As long as there’s enough color difference between your foreground and background, this can be a solid option.

  1. Select Scissors selection tool on the toolbar. The icon is pair of scissors

  2. Start clicking around the edges of the foreground image. Try to stay right on the edges and keep your dots close enough together. The Scissors Select tool is good enough for defining edges, but becomes much less effective with longer spans.

  3. Click all the way back around the image, then click the first dot to finish.

  4. After returning to your first point, click anywhere in the foreground area you just covered. This will convert it to a selection.

  5. If you want to cut the foreground and move it to another location, you can copy and paste it now. To remove the background from the current image, select the menu Select

  6. Search and select now Turning back to select the entire area outside the foreground.

  7. Press key remove to remove the background.

  8. With the background removed, you should see transparency around the foreground.

Foreground select tool

The foreground selection tool is very similar to the scissors selection tool. You can use it in situations where there is enough contrast between the foreground and background of your image. The foreground selection tool is slightly more accurate than the scissors selection tool, but it is based on the difference in colors between the foreground and background.

  1. Select Foreground select tool † He has portrait icon

  2. Click down, and while holding the left button, draw a path around the edges of the foreground. Try to keep as much of the background as possible. Walk and connect back to where you started. At the end you should see a line enclosing your foreground.

  3. Click Enter to start selecting the foreground. As soon as you click Enter the image turns blue.

  4. Click and hold to draw a line in front. Try to zigzag and select any color in the foreground of the image. GIMP will use these color values ​​to determine the difference between the foreground and background.

  5. When you have collected all foreground colors, press . again Enter to view your selection.

  6. The foreground lights up and only the background parts are blue. If you are happy with what you have, click Select in a small selection box in the foreground.

  7. Your foreground is now selected. Select the menu to remove the background Select

  8. Select Turning back

  9. Use key remove to remove the background.

  10. With the background gone, you should have the foreground image on a transparent background.

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