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GIMP Tutorial – How to Change the Background Color of Any Image

For those who still don't know it, GIMP is a free all-capable multi-platform image retouching and editing app which allows you to do detailed image retouching and free-form drawings, its capabilities also expand to essential image edition tasks like re-size, edition, and photo crop, combination of several images, and format conversion between different formats. Moreover GIMP can also enable users to create basic .GIF animated images. Today I'm going to tell you how to use this outstanding free image editor in order to change the background color of any given image.

As obvious as it may sound, you have to have GIMP installed and running in your computer, so if you don't, go to the big button on top of this page and download GIMP for free. Once you have it installed you have to open the image you want to change the background color of. Go to the “File” menu and select open, and browse your folders using this window.

Now that your image is open, select the Path tool by clicking on this icon,
on the Toolbox window, this tool will allow you to select the outline of the figure in your image so that you can isolate it from the background, for an optimal view you have to change the zoom setting to 200% or 400% to do this go yo the bottom of the image window and unfold the zoom menu and select the zoom that best fits your needs.

What's next is to start selecting the area you want to crop, click on one point and continue clicking all through the edge of the figure. Do as many clicks as you need to complete it and get to the point where you started in order to close the path.

Go to the “Select” menu and select the “From Path option”

And then got to the “Edit” menu and select “Copy”. After that go to the Foreground and background colors tool and select the color you like in the background of your new image.

Create a new image going to File>New... Select the background color by clicking on Advanced Options and in the Fill with box select Foreground color.

You'll get something like this.

Now just paste the image you copied by going to Edit>Paste.

To finish the process go to Layers and select Anchor Layer, it should look like this.

You see, changing the background color of an image is dead simple and it only requires a few steps. you can apply this same technique to many other actions not only background you can also crop objects and paste other in their place, its up to you, use your imagination, Gimp helps you to make it right. So download GIMP now and start changing things, just go to the Download link below, it's free and no registration is required, couldn't ask for more!!

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