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separating an image from it's background

Jun 15, 2011, 19:50
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separating an image from it's background
Tried using this tutorial: http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/en/gimp-tutoria...arate.html

trying to separate non-contiguous letters from a backround so as to make the background transparent. I've used various methods including the gimp tutorial referenced above, and am having problems both selecting everything I need and with the transparency.

When I use the foreground select tool as in the tutorial, I can select the first line, 1812, but not the next two. Color values off some??? Anyway, after successfully selecting at least the 1812 part, I do the next steps: invert the selection, add alpha channel, del background; and end up with a transparent background and a 'kind of' transparent 1812. If I try to save it as a png and open it in any other program it's just empty or black.

Way a newbie here. Hope someone can help. I've spent stupid amounts of time on this.    
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Jun 16, 2011, 03:02
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RE: separating an image from it's background
Wow. I'm such a newbie that I didn't know where most of the commands you referred to are, but I think I might have actually done it, except that I couldn't recolorize the letters to the original dark blue. That was an amazing tutorial, and never once did I use the fg/bg tool which I have been fighting with for two days. I'll check it out in another program and see if it works. THANKS
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