Gimp: Remove The Background And Make It Transparent

In this Gimp Workshop tutorial for beginners, we are going to remove the background from an image and make it transparent. When we have opened Gimp, we go to file in the menu bar. Then we go to open. Search for the image that we want to use and open it. There is a download link in the video description
for the image used in this tutorial. When your image does not fit in the window, you can go to view, zoom and fit image in window. Go to layer, transparency and hit add alpha channel. In the layers panel we can see that the font
changes from bold to normal. This indicates that this layer now can have transparency. Although we are going to remove the background,
we are first going to select our subject. There are many ways in which we can do this. One of the easiest ways is by using the free select tool. Click in the toolbox to make it active. Hold the Ctrl key and zoom in by rolling the mouse wheel. We can click node after node to select our
subject. But when you have a steady hand, you can also
click and drag to make a line. Pressing the backspace key, lets us undo one
or more previous made nodes. Then we can just continue. When we press and hold the mouse wheel down,
the cursor changes into the move tool. We can then, by moving the mouse, move the image. Letting go of the mouse wheel gives us the
free select tool again. This moving of the image, can of course also
be done with the scroll bars. Usually it is best to stay just a little bit
inside the boundaries of our subject, when we make a selection. Selecting hair can be a bit difficult, but
later on we will see how we can make it look better in this particular image. When we are at the bottom of our image, we can just click outside the image and move to the other side. For the sake of the tutorial we will speed
up the video until we are back at the first node. Now we click the last node over the first node. Then hit enter or double click in the selection to apply it. Go to view, zoom and click on fit image in window. With this image, there are several areas inside
the selection that we also have to remove. Go to the tool options. At the mode we click on the third button,
which is subtract from current selection. Select the remaining areas in the same way
as you did with the girl and the suitcase. And again, we go fast forward. Click Ctrl+Sift+J to fit the image in the window. Go to select and click on feather. We feather the selection line with 5 pixels,
and click okay. In this way the edge of our selection is not so hard, but looks more natural. We have now selected the object, but we want
to remove the background. Go to select and click on invert. We can see at the marching ants at the edge
of the image, that the background instead of the girl is selected. Then we go to edit and click on clear to remove the background. The checker board structure that we see now,
is the transparency. Go to select and hit none, to deselect the selection. Now we will work a bit on the hair, to make it look more natural. Go to the toolbox and make the smudge tool active. Then we choose brush bristles 02. Change the size to about 15 or 20. This depends also on the size of our image. Bigger image means bigger brush. Smaller image means smaller brush. Smudge the edge of the hair like so, to make it look more natural. When this is done we go to view again. Click on zoom and fit image in window. Now to finish of, we are going to export our image out of Gimp. Go to file and click on export as. Contrary to what you would expect, we have to go to export or export as and not to save or save as. Here we can search for the destination folder. And here we can give it a name, but do not
hit enter yet. Images with transparency always have to be exported with a PNG extension to keep the transparency. So click on select file type, scroll down to PNG image and click on it. The extension behind the image name is now changed to png. You can also just type in the extension behind the image name. Now we can click export. And in the dialog that pops up, we can just
click export again. And that is how you do it. I hope this helps. Please take a moment to give it thumbs up
and leave a comment. Thanks for watching.

32 Replies to “Gimp: Remove The Background And Make It Transparent”

  1. I am a frustrated amateur artist transitioning from to GIMP. I am happy I found your easy-to-follow tutorial. My goal is to prepare my art for t-shirt designs. Thank you. Best wishes to You for every success in 2020.

  2. Edit->Clear does nothing. I added an alpha channel. I selected and inverted, I can see the rectangle highlighted as well as the image, so I know I have the correct part of the image selected. I selected "Edit->Clear". It does nothing. I'm on a Mac with Gimp 2.10. The "delete" button, the "Edit-Clear" and all of these things do nothing. The transparency does nothing. It's a PNG image.

  3. im trying to tranparent the inside of a big screen tv picture i go threw all the step but the picture comes out with a white back ground not transparent

  4. My favorite line in this is that backspace removes free select points.
    Ive been starting over if I mess up on those by quickly connecting the circle and hitting select none.

  5. outstanding video, there is some real shite about gimp videos an hour long – this is perfect !! bedankt vriend !!!!

  6. Thank you so much I was using this tutorial to put myself on a sweatshirt I’m creating for my mom for valentines and it works perfectly especially with the smudge tool!

  7. Thank you for sharing the knowledge. I learned two methods to do this today. From this video and another one. Keep it up!

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