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How to Remove Image Backgrounds With GIMP


Once the virtual ants are marching around - think of them as protectors if you must - you can either use the shortcut SHIFT + Q or go into the bottom left corner for the quickmask option, causing the background to be covered completely in red.

The tutorial on NZ Photo Info suggests to use pencil at 15px - I use 20px, sometimes more than that - to get closer to the image. For me, it makes the result a bit fuzzy at the edges and using a paintbrush works out smoother for me. It doesn't matter which one you choose to use - JUST DON'T USE THE ERASER. The only time you might want to use the eraser is if you make a mistake, or you can simply press CTRL + Z to undo it.


  • Depending on the contrasting of your image and it's background, you might want to zoom the image. I usually use something around 200-400%. The greater the contrast, like the image being used in this tutorial, the smaller you'll need to zoom.
  • You might want to pause every few strokes. In case you make a mistake with the next one, you don't have to undo a lot, especially if you're the type that prefers to use CTRL+Z.
  • You'll also want to make the brush/pencil size smaller as you get closer and closer to the edges.
When you've colored in everything you want to remove, click on Quick Mask again, or simply press SHIFT+Q. The ants should be marching once more, this time near the edges of the image.

Copy the image (CTRL+C) and then repaste as a new image (SHIFT+CTRL+V). Keep the original image open, but you're welcome to minimize it.

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How do you remove the background with gimp?

Open the layers dialog.
Add a transparent layer.
Select your original layer.
Rub out (mask out or erase) the part you don't want to see.

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