• Can't get rid of the white background on gimp

    From Sally@21:1/5 to All on Tue May 5 06:58:49 2020
    Hi All
    I'm having major issues trying to get rid of the white background on an image using Gimp. It will work on screenshots but for some reason when I pull in a jpeg, use the paths tool, cut around the image, select path, invert & cut, the background is still
    white!
    I have tried everything and just cannot figure out how to get rid of the white background.
    Please help (I'm on a mac!)
    Thanks
    Sally

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  • From Arthur T.@21:1/5 to Sally on Tue May 5 10:57:54 2020
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    Message-ID:<5b8d9411-a4aa-4a0b-99cc-0094967ea455@googlegroups.com>,
    Sally <sallytearse@hotmail.co.uk> wrote:

    I'm having major issues trying to get rid of the white background on an image using Gimp. It will work on screenshots but for some reason when I pull in a jpeg, use the paths tool, cut around the image, select path, invert & cut, the background is still
    white!
    I have tried everything and just cannot figure out how to get rid of the white background.

    Try "Color to Alpha". In my old version of Gimp, it's under "Color".

    --
    Arthur T. - ar23hur "at" pobox "dot" com

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  • From Jimmy Alpha GeD@21:1/5 to Sally on Tue May 5 11:49:51 2020
    On 5/5/2020 8:58 AM, Sally wrote:
    Hi All
    I'm having major issues trying to get rid of the white background on an image using Gimp. It will work on screenshots but for some reason when I pull in a jpeg, use the paths tool, cut around the image, select path, invert & cut, the background is
    still white!
    I have tried everything and just cannot figure out how to get rid of the white background.
    Please help (I'm on a mac!)
    Thanks
    Sally

    Add an ALPHA layer first, under layer, transparency, add alpha Channel,
    then do your cut. That should do it for you?

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  • From David Lawrence@21:1/5 to Sally on Tue May 5 17:29:09 2020
    On 05/05/2020 14:58, Sally wrote:
    Hi All
    I'm having major issues trying to get rid of the white background on an image using Gimp. It will work on screenshots but for some reason when I pull in a jpeg, use the paths tool, cut around the image, select path, invert & cut, the background is
    still white!
    I have tried everything and just cannot figure out how to get rid of the white background.
    Please help (I'm on a mac!)
    Thanks
    Sally


    I had a similar problem on Windows. When you do a lot of actions on Gimp,
    such as selecting an area, after you have selected the area, you need to
    press enter before it will let any other actions take place, such as delete. Once I realised this, Gimp became a lot easier to use. :)

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  • From John W Kennedy@21:1/5 to Sally on Tue May 5 16:20:31 2020
    On 5/5/20 9:58 AM, Sally wrote:
    Hi All
    I'm having major issues trying to get rid of the white background on an image using Gimp. It will work on screenshots but for some reason when I pull in a jpeg, use the paths tool, cut around the image, select path, invert & cut, the background is
    still white!
    I have tried everything and just cannot figure out how to get rid of the white background.
    Please help (I'm on a mac!)
    Thanks
    Sally

    GIMP is something that I use for about a week or two every other year,
    but in my experience, if you start with a JPEG, you don’t have an Alpha
    layer in the file, and deleting gives you white. You have to do:

    Layer->Transparency->Add Alpha Channel

    This will add to your existing layer of colors a new layer of
    transparencies (from totally opaque to totally transparent). Once that
    new layer exists, deleting something will leave you with transparency
    instead of white.

    You can’t save it as a JPEG with the transparency, because JPEGs don’t recognize the concept, but you can save it as a GIMP file (.xcf), or
    export it as a PNG file (.png) or a lot of other things.

    --
    John W. Kennedy
    "The blind rulers of Logres
    Nourished the land on a fallacy of rational virtue."
    -- Charles Williams. "Taliessin through Logres: Prelude"

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