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Removing the background of an image

Jan 13, 2011, 15:38
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Removing the background of an image
Hi, I'm a total n00b who just started using GIMP. I'm sure this is a very simple issue but I can't find a simple, working tutorial for it.

I am writing a game using Ren'Py and have hand drawn my sprites. When scanned into the computer, each sprite is on a white background (the page.)

I need to remove the background of the image, keeping only the picture of the sprite.

none of the tutorials I use are working out, and I've been sitting here for the last two hours trying to solve this problem. I thought that I had, but when I try to use the images in the game, the background of the white page remains. Angry

Please help me out--how do I remove the background of an image?
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Jan 15, 2011, 07:25
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RE: Removing the background of an image
Thank you--seems to have worked! Going to try my sprite in the game now. Smile
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Jan 22, 2011, 15:41
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RE: Removing the background of an image
What do you do if the BG has a gradient and you want it transparent?
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Jan 22, 2011, 17:10
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RE: Removing the background of an image
(Jan 22, 2011 16:07)ofnuts Wrote:  I assume this is related to your "Gradient leaves outline" thread? let's continue over there...

Actually, it is unrelated. I received a logo on a gradient BG that I wanted to change to a transparent one so I could drop it onto any BG color. A friend did this for me (on Photoshop I think), but it left a lot of aliasing artifacts that are too difficult to remove by hand. I discovered a tutorial for doing this clean-up if the background is already transparent, and am happy with it. The problem is changing that gradient BG to transparent without doing a LOT of separate little operations on all the areas.
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