GIMP is a free fully featured multi-platform image retouching and editing program which brings a comprehensive set of tools that will allow you to do detailed image edition, photo retouching and even start drawings from scratch, among its main capabilities you can perform essential image edition tasks like re-sizing, cropping, combining, and format conversion between different image file formats. Furthermore, this extraordinary free image edition program also enables users to create basic .GIF animated images. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use GIMP to change the background color of an image.
Of course, you have to have GIMP installed and running in your machine to be able to follow this tutorial, so if you don’t, go to www.GoFree.com and download GIMP’s latest and fully functioning version 100% for free. Once you have it, run the installer.
The next step is to open the image you want to change the background color to, to do so, go to the “File” menu, select open, and browse your folders using this explorer-like dialog.
Now select the Path tool by clicking on its icon on the Toolbox, this tool gives you the ability to select the outline of the figure you want to isolate from the background, optionally you can adjust the zoom setting to 200% or 400% for an optimal viewing size, to do so go to the image window bottom and unfold the zoom menu, here you can select the zoom that best fits your needs.
Next step is to start selecting the area you want to crop from the original image, 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 arrive to the point where you started in order to close the path.
Now go to the “Select” menu and click on the “From Path” option.
In the “Edit” menu 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.
Now create a new blank image by going to File > New… Select the background color by clicking on Advanced Options and in the Fill with box select Foreground color.
The result should look like this:
What you have to do next is to paste the cropped image you copied by going to Edit>Paste.
The process ends when you go to the Layers menu and select Anchor Layer, and voila, your new image should look like this:
As you see, to change the background color of any given image is dead simple and it only takes a few easy steps. This same technique can be used with many other actions not only background you can also crop objects and paste other in their place, just use your imagination, Gimp helps you to make it easy and straightforward. So download GIMP now and start changing things, just go to www.GoFree.com, it’s free and virus free tested, couldn’t ask for more!!