Gimp Transparent Background for FREE

One of the things that I was always
looking for was a great way to make transparent backgrounds on my photos, so
that I could use them for things like thumbnails, for YouTube, my youtube
channel art, my facebook header, all of those sorts of things,
and, and just in general to make some change in some of my pictures. Now I made
a video about this using Lunatic about eight months ago, but it just wasn’t the
quality that I wanted. But I found it now! There are lots of great ways like Canva
and so on to make transparent backgrounds, but none of them are free.
But what I found now is free, and you can find out about that too,
if you stay with this video. we’re going to talk about it, not only what it is but
how to use it, step-by-step, tell you how to make a transparent background. And if
you stay tuned until the end I’m going to tell you how you can get the cheat
sheet that I use to make my transparent backgrounds, okay? Stay with me. For the
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blog, and you’ll find it linked right up there, okay? So let’s get started. What I
want to talk to you about today is a software application.
Now it’s computer-based, can’t do it on your phone. They do have an app for
iPhone and iPad, that sort of thing, but it’s very poorly rated. A lot of people
say it doesn’t even download well, so we’ll just say it’s computer-based. But
you can get it for the Mac, you can get it for Windows, you can get it for Linux,
whatever you want, okay? And it’s free. It’s free and it’s not that hard to use,
for at least the things that I have learned how to do with it, and I’m going
to show you how, okay? So let’s get right into it. I’ll show you how to download it.
Step-by-step how to make a transparent background for a picture that you can
use in whatever way you might need them. And if you’re doing the things I’m doing,
I’m pretty sure you’ll find a lot of uses for it,
alright? So let’s jump right in. I’m going to share my screen and show you all
about it, alright? We’re looking at my computer screen here and we’re at, Gimp’s website. GIMP spelled gimp, and we’re going to download the
latest version of the software or at least we think we are. At least for mac
that’s not going to work. But GIMP, the latest version as of
February 2020, I’m actually recording this in March, but was 2.10.18, at least
for mac 2.10.14 is the latest that we can download, and as you see here it’s
also available for Windows and for Linux, If you are looking to use it on some
other platform than that Mac. Which of course many people are. And I just
downloaded it directly from GIMP, but if you need to download it some other way,
there are instructions here on how to do that, okay?
So let’s go ahead and open up GIMP. It’s this little icon with I believe what is
supposed to be a dog with a paintbrush in its mouth, okay?
So we’re opening that and following along on our cheat sheet which you’re
going to be able to get a copy of so that you can do this, remember how to do
this without having to look at my video each time, step one is to prepare the
canvas in GIMP. Now for me it downloaded in this default way here, and so I
imagine you won’t have to change it. But just in case you need to, you can find in
the windows (menu item) in fact the new toolbox there this is the toolbox which is
command B, or dockable dialogs, the layers editor is command L, okay? And I imagine
those are our control B and control L in in Windows, okay? But what you need up to
do that is this layers editor here. You don’t need the color history, but we’re
just going to leave it there because it is there, and I do use it sometimes. And
the tools over here, the tools the tool kit, toolbox, okay? Alright, so now we need
to upload the photo that we’re going to use. Now I have mine in recently used
here, but you can see that you can can go through, navigate through your documents
on your computer documents, or maybe you have it on your desktop, wherever you
have it you can look through and find that. But I’ve got it here. it’s this JPEG
right here and we’re gonna open that up and it will probably ask you to convert.
You don’t have to, I have done both ways and I’m not sure that I see the
difference. I imagine that converting is probably
the better way because I imagine GIMP knows what it’s doing as far as having
the right colors, and so on. But we’ll convert it. So there’s our picture. Sorry
you get to look at that for the next little while, but I figured while we were
doing this I would make some progress and get an image I
wanted taken care of, all right? So we’ve opened the image. That was step two. Step
three we’re going to create a, an alpha layer. And this is the layer that you
have to have for having a transparent background, okay? So we will, we’ll
right-click on this and add an Alpha Channel, okay? So the Alpha channel has
been, has been taken care of now. Now the one thing that you’re going to want to
do is to make this image considerably larger, so that you can work on it, so
that you can see the edges very easily, okay? So we’re just going to use some
shortcuts to do that. There are ways to do that up in the menu items here as
well, but we’re going to use some shortcuts and that’s the plus and minus
or the plus and dash keys, okay? You know we have to shift to use the plus but we’re
gonna make this quite a bit larger, and then we can just scroll through it. We’re
going to start down here fairly close to the bottom on this side, and we need to
choose either the, the ‘scissors select tool,’ is already selected. You can also
use the ‘free select tool.’ I’m going to use the ‘scissors select tool’ here, okay?
And we’re just going to use the spot we want put it in the crosshairs there, and
begin selecting. You’re going to want to select fairly close together, and it
depends some on how much color variation, if it’s a fairly block of color it’s
going to find the line fairly easily, and if there’s quite a bit of, between
the background and the, in the image that you’re cutting, if there’s quite a bit of
contrast between them, it’ll be fairly easy to find, and you may not need to
make them quite as close together, okay? And what we want to get as close as we
can to that. Now if you find that you didn’t like that point you can just hit
the delete button and move back one or two or whatever you want to you, okay? It
wasn’t that bad but just to show you how. And I’m not going to do this in real
time. I’m going to show you the whole thing, but I’m gonna speed it up a lot.
but I will look at the time and, and just give you a good estimate of what the
time it took to do that, okay? Now when I get to the hair here I tend
to go just a little bit inside and then just try to follow the contours, because
you see if you go clear out on the edge of the hair the background is fairly
light with my dark hair it’s not a solid object so you tend to see a lot of the
background through it and it’s not, I mean it looks like you’ve cut something
out, Okay, now as you get down close to the
edge here, I’m gonna back out just a little bit, hitting the minus or dash key. Now
they tell me, I’ve never actually experienced this but if you click clear
outside the canvas here you can lose everything. You don’t want to do that,
okay. But as long as you’ve got the canvas large enough so that you can
click in here, and you’re gonna want to back track from that but you can do that,
okay. Now this straight line is really easy to do so we’re gonna click over
here and it’s gonna draw that whole line for us there. And then I’m gonna shift
and go plus here, and we’re gonna finish this up really quickly here, okay. And the way you finish it up then is to
click back on your very first dot that you put down, way back what seems like a
long time ago. And it’s been about ten minutes. Okay, so that’s the long step. That’s most of step four there. Now we’re
going to hit return or enter to choose this as our selection, okay? Now, what we
have selected here is actually the picture on the inside, but that’s not
what we’re trying to get rid of. So after we’ve hit enter to select that, we need
to go up to the ‘Select menu’ and hit ‘invert’ which will then, let’s back out a
little bit, which will then have the background selected, all right? I have a
question for you. If you don’t use GIMP to make your transparent backgrounds,
what is it that you use? I’d like to know. Tell me about that in the comments below.
All right, now this is, as we put in the notes there, probably a good time to
save this. If you haven’t saved it yet it does save as, but I just like to hit save as,
a which there is a shortcut for too, but rather than remember that, I just go up
there and, and hit save as, okay? Now it’s named it, and this xcf’ is the gimp file
extension. Just stick with that. If you want to change the name you certainly
can, and you may want to save at several different areas, and use the save as in a
number of them or something like that, changed the file names on them so that
you can go back if you want to. I don’t like that so I’m gonna go back to number
one or number two or whatever, but for this we’re just going to save that like that,
and we already have something named that because I did this before, kind of
practicing on it, but we’re gonna go ahead and replace that,
okay? So we’ve saved it now, let’s go on. Step seven is to cut the background, so
we’re gonna use the cut command. You can go up here to edit and you can see those,
but I just use the shortcut and that’s command X, ok? So we’ve made our
background transparent there. Alright, so that’s really all there is to
it. But let’s just go around, let’s enlarge it again and go around and look
at the edges and see if there’s anything that we want to edit at this point, and
we might have a little bit there. Let’s just, just to show you how let’s go
ahead and use the ‘erase tool.’ Now I would, the size is important and you’re gonna
want it fairly small, and then the other thing is hardness and I would take these
quite a ways down because you don’t want to do too much, and you want to make it
easy to backtrack, okay? And the other thing for making it easy to backtrack is
doing small amounts at a time, and you use the crosshairs again, and we’re just
trying to make it look like the checkered background, okay? That’s
actually doing pretty well getting rid of that kind of white area there, okay? Not too
bad, alright? If you do just a little bit of that, you can go up here and undo
erased, do a little bit at a time. Obviously you spend a long time on it, so
we’ve got our, our transparent background there. All we need to do at this point is
to save it, or actually what we’re going to do here is we’re going to export it.
Actually let’s do ‘command S’ to save it. At that point save it to that same file,
or you could have named it number two if you wanted to save that, and keep the
other one before, all right? But what we need to do is to export, and we’re gonna
do ‘export as.’ Now this tells what file it’s going to here. So let’s say this is
the name you want. Notice the extension PNG, okay? It needs to be a PNG. Can’t be a
jpg or you will not save that transparent data. The JPEG can’t do that,
alright? So we’re gonna just say that that’s how we want it, and hit the export,
and then it’s gonna give us a few more, I had one of those already too so we’re
gonna replace that, it’s gonna give us a few more things that we can choose. I
just stick with the defaults here. If you specifically know something about these
and want to change something you’re welcome to do that, okay? We’re gonna hit
export and it’s going to send it to the files that we mentioned up here. And after it’s written, that you are finished.
And you have yourself that picture with a transparent background, which you can
put, you know, like on a green screen in your videos, or you can put a different
background on it, make it a completely different image.
Lots of things that you can do with that sort of, that sort of thing,
alright? So you’ve checked out the video and you just want to know how to do this
sort of thing. Well I’ve got a cheat sheet for you as I mentioned at the
beginning, and that’s the first link mentioned below. Now if you want to come
back to this video you’re certainly welcome to do that. You’ll find the
information you need. YouTube will like it. I’ll like it. It’s unanimous.
But for most of us time is an issue, so that first link below is a cheat sheet.
It’s what I use when I’m doing this, okay? Just click on that link and you can get
that entirely for free. Or maybe you’re not that far along yet in your online
business pursuits and you just want to know what you can do to get started, okay?
What kind of product, what niche do you want to be in, who can you get to help
you, who can you get to mentor you, all of those sorts of questions. I answer that
in a video course that I’ve done. It’s delivered to you over four days, that
covers all the basic steps in getting started with an online business. If you’d
like to check that out, again it’s entirely free, that’s the
second link in the description underneath this video. And finally what
should you do next? Well, check out these videos that you’re gonna see around me.
Subscribe to my channel, and if you like the video, give me a thumbs up. Tell me
you liked it, share it with your friends. I’m sure it would be helpful for them as
well, okay? Thank you so much, it’s been fun.
I’m Daryl Ballard, and we’ll see you in the next video!

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