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How to change background color to transparent in GIMP

This is a small How-To on changing the background color of a image to transparent using open source GIMP Image editing application. The idea is to add alpha channel, select by color and cut it. Let me put it in detail here.

Step-1: Open the Image in GIMP.

Original image opened (Step-1)

Step-2: Navigate Layer -> Transparency -> Add Alpha Channel.

Step-3: Navigate Select -> By Color

After adding alpha channel and selecting by color (Step-2 and 3)

Step-4: Mouse click on background color of image

Step-5: Navigate Edit -> Cut.

After cutting the selected background (Step-4 and 5)

Step-6: Save it in format of your choice (Warning: JPEG does not support transparency, so opted for PNG format).


6 comments for “How to change background color to transparent in GIMP

  1. Ayushisongara
    August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Its really work….

  2. November 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Worked wonderfully………..Thanks so much

  3. Dan
    May 13, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Thanks this worked for me.

  4. AbdulFatah
    April 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    This is great! So simple and it worked at the first go.

    Thanks man!

  5. Atul Anand Sinha
    March 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hey thanks a LOT!

  6. Luis Vital
    August 6, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Ok. Worked just fine. Thanks.

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