How to Remove Image Background Using GIMP

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Using GIMP became very popular, as it is a reliable and versatile, easy to use, free graphic tool. It is therefore widely used as a photo processing tool. If you are using it too, you will certainly want to know how to remove background GIMP. From my own experience, I must point out that I do recommend using GIMP in order to complete this action, as the process is rather simple. It is not time-consuming and the result is satisfactory, depending on your own precision and the effort you make.

Follow the steps to remove background gimp

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In order to remove image background using GIMP, complete the following steps.

1. Opening the photo and setting the size.

Open the photo you wish to process, i.e. to remove the background. The opening part is done, as with most of the other programs, by selecting File and clicking Open. Select your image from the list. After your image is displayed in the working area, I recommend using the Zoom tool in order to magnify the image to the right size. This will make the path points setting process much easier. The level of precision depends on the magnification level. Some of the ways to zoom into the image are:

– Using the Zoom Tool located in the Toolbox.

– Using a keyboard shortcut [Shift] + [Ctrl] + J.

– Selecting or entering the desired zoom percentage from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the work window and the key confirmation [Enter].

2. Setting the path points.

Use the Create and Edit paths tool and set the path points. It is very important to set the points along the edge of the background that you want to remove. Click between the points you set and move the lines so that they accurately follow the edges of the background. You can use the handles to further precisely adjust the curve.

3. Making a selection and removing the background.

When you have completed the path you wanted, use the Shift + V keys to make a selection based on the path. Then press the combination of the Ctrl + I keys in order to reverse the selection. Then select the Layer > Transparency > Add Alpha Channel command, and finally press Ctrl + K to remove the background.

4. Additional options.

After you have deleted the background, you may want to leave your photo without a background or to create a new, different one. The easiest way to do this is to create a new layer and insert a new background you opt for. Furthermore, if you want to remove the object or part of the background from your image and insert a new background instead of that object, then I recommend the Clone Tool. Select the brush, hold down the Ctrl key and left click to mark the closest part of the image you want to copy. Release the Ctrl key and left-click on the part of the image where the object was located. This part does require a bit of exercise, some adjustments, e.g. opacity, brush size, etc. as well as a skill to blend the new background with the original image.

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