Post Reply 

Refine Edge Tool

Sep 5, 2012, 06:03
Post: #1
Refine Edge Tool
Can anyone tell me if GIMP are going to come up with a tool like the refine edge tool that is availale in Photoshop. I really need some way of removing the background of some of the pictures I use. I have attached an example of an image that I would like to remove the background and replace it. I have spent hours trying to work out how to do it successfully. Thanks Gary


Attached File(s) Thumbnail(s)
   
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Jun 1, 2013, 07:44
Post: #2
RE: Refine Edge Tool
It's great you should mention this Gary, I was looking for the exact thing after using PS's tool and it brought up your thread. So hopefully if you don't see this/need anymore, I can help others who are looking too.

I did a little experimenting and found "selection editor" combined with some shortcuts I use to speed adding/subtracting to a selection. So the good news is in a sense you can have a psuedo-refine edges tool. Here's how I did it!
In image 1(selection editor window)
Click on Selection > Selection editorRectselect and it will open up that small window.
When you make a selection, it will show you the whole image even when your zoomed in, so you can try to pull out details like hair.
If you pick the magic wand toolFuzzyselect, and hold (for windows) shift and left-click(hold) you can conrtol the threshold of the selection(how much it selects) to take away, push ctrl and left-click. You can even feather the edges after the fact(SEE MENU UNDER "Fuzzy Select" in IMAGE 1)
After clicking feather, adjust the radius to your fitting.

Last Image 2(black & white background to show artifacts)
You can see The difference on background, in this way, if you stay with lighter backgrounds, it will be easier to clean up your selection after you paste. But don't fret, there is another way I just found while readying this reply LOL.

Alternatively you can expand or shrink the selection(recommend 5 pixel increments to start)
Go to Select > "Grow..." or "Shrink..."
Extra tip: If your selection lines need to be straighter, the "Sharpen..." option can help clean it up a little too. More info of this tool with other examples can be found here:
http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-selection-dialog.html Hope this helps!


Attached File(s) Thumbnail(s)
       
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Apr 4, 2014, 02:05
Post: #3
RE: Refine Edge Tool
*UPDATE!*

Since I made my post about the selection editor. I've found a much better solution to refining your selection & it works very similar to photoshop ^_^
Foreground select tool, see here:
http://gimpforums.com/thread-magic-lasso...8#pid27018
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  tool window size LouMc 0 78 Apr 30, 2018 04:20
Last Post: LouMc
  How To Finish With a Tool? abrogard 2 282 Feb 18, 2018 04:28
Last Post: abrogard
  clone tool in xubuntu 16.04 petter5 1 362 Oct 16, 2017 11:46
Last Post: paynekj
  How to extend an Image from side to side softening the hard edge of image Flesh 2 434 Jul 21, 2017 06:21
Last Post: Flesh
  Move tool garrettlynch 1 342 Jun 29, 2017 12:28
Last Post: ythgilb

Forum Jump:


GIMP ForumPortalArchiveContactTermsRSS