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borders around selected image

Dec 1, 2011, 16:39 (This post was last modified: Dec 1, 2011 16:40 by cardgunner.)
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borders around selected image
1st post and new to gimp. this is my 1st attempt at anything with gimp. No previous experience with any other photo editing tool other than Microsoft Paint.

I have a company logo with a white background. I want to make the white backgound dissapear(become transparent) and than create a white border around the graphics in the image. After this editing I will take this edited image and place it on top of a larger image and it will some "pop" and not blend in.

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Dec 1, 2011, 16:56 (This post was last modified: Dec 1, 2011 17:37 by ofnuts.)
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(Dec 1, 2011 16:39)cardgunner Wrote:  1st post and new to gimp. this is my 1st attempt at anything with gimp. No previous experience with any other photo editing tool other than Microsoft Paint.

I have a company logo with a white background. I want to make the white backgound dissapear(become transparent) and than create a white border around the graphics in the image. After this editing I will take this edited image and place it on top of a larger image and it will some "pop" and not blend in.

Thanks,
Cardgunner
To remove the background see this thread: http://gimpforums.com/thread-changing-a-...parent-png . This will make the logo stand out on a transparent background. Save this as .XCF or .PNG (ideally, you start with a .PNG, much better than JPG).

To add a border, you need to create a selection for that border: so
- Layer/Transparency/Alpha to selection: this creates a selection that is exactly your logo
- Select/Save to channel: saves this selection
- Select/Grow and give the width in pixels of your border: makes the selection larger than the logo
- Open the Channels list: Windows/Dockable Dialogs/Channel
- Right click on channel named "Saved Selection", and pick "Subtract from selection": now your selection is a border around your logo
- Add a new layer (init with transparency) you can give it the name "border"
- Use the Bucket-fill (Bucketfill) tool to fill the selection with white (in the Tools options: BG color fill, and "Fill whole selection")(if you don't see a Tools options dialog (with "Bucket fill" at the top, use "Windows/Dockable Dialogs/Tool options" to open it (you can also just type "O").

Done. If someone above doesn't make sense, just say so and I'll give more detail.

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Dec 1, 2011, 17:11 (This post was last modified: Dec 1, 2011 17:12 by cardgunner.)
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from the other thread how do "I grow the selection by 2 pixels?
edit: Forget I found it.
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Dec 1, 2011, 17:32
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I can't seem to get the borders layer to fill. I have the bucket selected but when i mouse over it there is a the no symbol (red circle with line thru it)
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Dec 1, 2011, 17:37
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I got it. the border is so small the mouse over kept missing it
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Dec 1, 2011, 17:42
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(Dec 1, 2011 17:32)cardgunner Wrote:  I can't seem to get the borders layer to fill. I have the bucket selected but when i mouse over it there is a the no symbol (red circle with line thru it)
The "forbidden" sign usually means that the mouse pointer isn't over a selected area.

To check that your selection is done correctly;, use the "quickmask" mode:
- at the bottom left corner of the image window, there is a dotted square
- click it: the picture turns reddish, except in the selection, so you should just see a clear border around the logo.
- To exit that mode, click again in same corner

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Dec 1, 2011, 17:46
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Nice!!!!

Thank you so much!

Cheers,
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Dec 1, 2011, 18:22
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OH, how do I save it now so so If I wanted to edit it down the road I could?
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Dec 1, 2011, 18:40
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(Dec 1, 2011 18:22)cardgunner Wrote:  OH, how do I save it now so so If I wanted to edit it down the road I could?
Always save as .XCF... this saves everything (layers, selections, paths...). From that you can always export to another format.

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Dec 1, 2011, 18:56 (This post was last modified: Dec 1, 2011 19:01 by cardgunner.)
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Got it. Thanks again.

Is there a grading system in this forum? In other forums i have given the people who help me a thumbs up or a star or etc. Being new to this forum I wanted to make sure I was giving all I could.
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Dec 1, 2011, 20:25
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Don't worry about that... knowing it helped is the best reward.

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Dec 3, 2011, 19:32
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We can create company logo and can do customization in that logo, we can add borders around the logo. We can set that logo in picture framing and can give background.

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