How to Erase to Transparent With GIMP

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GIMP is an open source program similar to Adobe Photoshop. You can use GIMP to edit photos or create your own images. You can use the GIMP program to erase a portion of an image. By default, the erased portions will be filled with white or your chosen background color. You can change the default settings to make the erased portions transparent. When the image is layered on top of another image, the lower layer will show through the erased portion.

  • Open the Gimp Image Editor. Three windows will appear bdefault: the main image window, the "Toolbox" dialog window and the "Layers, Channels, Paths, Undo" dialog window.

  • Click on the "Open" option under the "File" menu to open the image that you want to work with.

  • Right-click on the image in the "Layers" tab of the "Layers, Channels, Paths, Undo" dialog window.

  • Click on the "Add Alpha Channel" menu option.

  • Click on the "Eraser" icon in the "Toolbox" dialog window or press "Shift + E" on the keyboard to select the eraser tool.

  • Hold down the left mouse button.

  • Move the cursor over the area that you want to erase. The erased section will appear as a black and gray checker board.

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