How To Remove Image Backgrounds Using Gimp

The GNU Image Manipulation Program or “GIMP” is amazing free, open-source software created and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteer developers. It’s an incredibly full-featured image editor with powerful tools to make the most of your graphics and photos. Don’t be intimidated by its complexity; sometimes it’s just a really useful tool for simpler tasks. We have published other tutorials on How to resize images in GIMP and how Make GIMP look more like Photoshopbut what if you just want to remove the background from an image in GIMP:

There are numerous reasons you might want to remove a background from an image, but it can be a difficult process. However, there are numerous excellent tools and approaches to accomplish this task, and in this guide we’ll explore how to use them in GIMP.

Prepare the image in GIMP

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

1. Start GIMP and use File – Open to select the image you want to remove the background from. We used this image of a snowman from a wool craft project as it has some trickier aspects such as: B. A very woolly and fuzzy outline that allows us to show a variety of approaches.

2. Add an “Alpha Channel” to the active layer by left-clicking on the active layer, then right-clicking and selecting “Add Alpha Channel”.

(Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)

We are now ready to use different background removal tools. However, it’s worth noting that the tools we’re about to examine are all types of selection tools, although for this task we always erase what we select, these selection methods can be used with other tools; Move, scale, the bucket fill tool and much more.

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