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Refine Edge Tool

Sep 5, 2012, 06:03
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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

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Jun 1, 2013, 07:44
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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: Hope this helps!

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Apr 4, 2014, 02:05
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RE: Refine Edge Tool

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:
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