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GIMP Tricks for Isolating Parts of Images

Oct 28, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Akkana Peck)

"You've been using GIMP for cleaning up your photos -- but now you have a picture of a kitten or a bird or your new smartphone that you want to paste into another picture.

"It's one of the most common questions the GIMP community fields -- how do you take one part of a photo and make it ready to paste somewhere else? The answer is, "It depends." There are lots of different methods. Here are four of the most useful I've found.

"Erasing to Alpha
For beginners, the easiest way to start is to erase everything that isn't the part you want. Click on the eraser tool (Figure 1) and start dragging in the image. In Figure 1 I've chosen a round fuzzy brush, "Circle Fuzzy (10)"."

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