I am new to GIMP. Actually, new to any photo manipulating program. I am trying
to make a photo transparent--the entire photo, that is, not just the background.
I'm confused and keep finding instructions for fading (which is not what I want)
or instructions for removing background. Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology,
I don't know. I plan on using the photo as a backdrop for text. Any help would
be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
>I am new to GIMP. Actually, new to any photo manipulating program. I
>am trying to make a photo transparent--the entire photo, that is, not
>just the background. I'm confused and keep finding instructions for
>fading (which is not what I want) or instructions for removing
>background. Maybe I'm using the wrong terminology, I don't know. I
>plan on using the photo as a backdrop for text. Any help would be
>greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
Open your image in Gimp
1. Give the image transparency, called an alpha channel, Layer menu ->
Transparency -> Add Alpha Channel (if greyed-out it already exists)
2. Add a new layer, Layer -> New Layer Fill it with white (start off with white,
experiment later with different colours/patterns)
3. Move your photo over that, easiest way, use the little arrows or
4. With the photo layer **active**, ie. click on it in the layers dialogue (it
will 'highlight'), move the **opacity** slider to a value that suits you.
5. For text, click on the text tool, click on the canvas, a text layer is
created above the active layer.
>edit: Hate this mailing list format.
>If you plan on using the final image on say a web page.
>You will not eventually need the bottom white layer, delete that as
>Save your work as a Gimp xcf file which preserves all/any layers and
>When complete, Export the image as a .png file which flattens to a
>single layer but importantly preserves the transparency .
>Other formats will lose transparency.
Thank you for all your help. This is great! I am just getting ready to give this
a try. I am hopeful. Again, thanks!
>Yes, not easy for a beginner, Gimp has a steep learning curve.
>One thing I suggest is, If you still have traditional Gimp three
>windows is enable single window mode.
>Gimp menu Windows -> Single Window Mode, then we are on the same
>Otherwise it is click in that bar top of the layers dialogue and move
>A very quick video demo about 2 mins https://youtu.be/GtPxrXeCegg >
>Any real problems you can always get me as below.
Thx, Rich... I shall persevere. I'll keep plugging along and get back to you
with results. You've been a fabulous help. Again, thank you!