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Using the Scissor Tool
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Posted 1/30/09 , edited 1/30/09
The scissor tool (selects shapes from images) can be a confusing tool at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's great for extracting objects from your photos.

Step 1: Open your image
Go ahead and open up the image you want to try this on. I'm going to use this image:


Step 2: Start clicking
Select the Scissor tool (Shortcut: i). Next, click on the edge of your shape

Then keep clicking at regular intervals on the edge, making your way around the perimeter of your shape.


Step 3: Finalize Selection
Once you have finished settings points around your shape, you need to make it into a selection so you can work with it. Before you do this though, you might want to go into the Scissors tool options and check Feather Edges to create a smooth selection:

Now, click on the first point you made. The last point should be connected your first point at this step. Finally, just click inside the perimeter to turn it into a selection:

Now that you've got your selection, you can do anything you want! Have fun!


Taken from GIMP Tutorials
Posted 5/24/09 , edited 7/24/09
How do you put it on another pic?

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Posted 5/27/09

coolmissy wrote:

How do you put it on another pic?


Drag the pic to the other one from the layers tab.
Posted 5/28/09 , edited 7/24/09
what do you mean by drag it by the layers tab

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coolmissy wrote:

what do you mean by drag it by the layers tab


In the toolbox you see this:

I have a few extra tabs in mine, so you can just ignore those. ^^

The little arrow pointing to the left, to the right of where is says paintbrush, click on that.


You should now have the layers tab open.



If you have 2 pictures open, just click on the tool box and it will automatically show you the layer for that pic.
Posted 5/30/09 , edited 7/24/09

Whenever I do that the new layer doubles for some reason

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Whenever I do that the new layer doubles for some reason



Hm...instead of using the scissors tool, use the lasso tool. it's easier and it does the same thing that the scissors tool does.
Posted 7/8/09 , edited 7/24/09

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I only got this


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Posted 7/18/09 , edited 7/24/09
Hey How should I Move my photo on another layer cuz I need 2 practice my profile theme

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I only got this



Okay, for the lasso tool (actually it's called the free select tool) you outline the thing you want to render. Once you get near the starting point stop. Don't double click to make the selection. Click on the outer area of the canvas and continue clicking on the outside until you're near where you first started to render the pic. Click on the point where you first started to make the selection. You should notice that instead of the selection just outlining the person, (like it did in your example) it surrounds the outside of the person.

Now in order to get a transparent background, right click on the image > go to image and click on merge visible layers. This will not get rid of your selection. Now erase the background. The background should be transparent after you're done. There might be a little bit of the background left after you erased it because of the selection. No worries, just erase the bit that's left.

Now when you save it, go to save as > a window should pop up > click where it says Select File Type > scroll down till you see where it says PNG image. Click save. Another window should pop us. The only thing you need to change in this window is un-check where it says Save Background Color, and then check where it says Save Gamma. Then hit save. Now you have a completely rendered image to use.
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Hey How should I Move my photo on another layer cuz I need 2 practice my profile theme


In the toolbox you see this:

I have a few extra tabs in mine, so you can just ignore those. ^^

The little arrow pointing to the left, to the right of where is says paintbrush, click on that.


You should now have the layers tab open.


You can see when you click on the different pics you have opened that in the layers tabs, they change when you click on them. Drag the background photo you want over the pic you're working on. You should see it appear in the layers tab.
Posted 7/24/09

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coolmissy wrote:
I only got this



Okay, for the lasso tool (actually it's called the free select tool) you outline the thing you want to render. Once you get near the starting point stop. Don't double click to make the selection. Click on the outer area of the canvas and continue clicking on the outside until you're near where you first started to render the pic. Click on the point where you first started to make the selection. You should notice that instead of the selection just outlining the person, (like it did in your example) it surrounds the outside of the person.

Now in order to get a transparent background, right click on the image > go to image and click on merge visible layers. This will not get rid of your selection. Now erase the background. The background should be transparent after you're done. There might be a little bit of the background left after you erased it because of the selection. No worries, just erase the bit that's left.

Now when you save it, go to save as > a window should pop up > click where it says Select File Type > scroll down till you see where it says PNG image. Click save. Another window should pop us. The only thing you need to change in this window is un-check where it says Save Background Color, and then check where it says Save Gamma. Then hit save. Now you have a completely rendered image to use.
actually i learned it after i posted that reply I'll show you some i did
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actually i learned it after i posted that reply I'll show you some i did


Alright then, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner though. I am on vacation and don't really have access to internet, I'm using a local library comp right now to check on things. Finally got to check on things (mutters) Anyway glad that you figured it out!
Posted 7/24/09 , edited 7/24/09



Alright then, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner though. I am on vacation and don't really have access to internet, I'm using a local library comp right now to check on things. Finally got to check on things (mutters) Anyway glad that you figured it out!


i see thnx for the help without you i wouldnt have figured most of it but sorry i had so much questions you had to get back to
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i see thnx for the help without you i wouldnt have figured most of it but sorry i had so much questions you had to get back to


It's alright. I really don't have a problem with answering questions, if I did then I wouldn't have made this group. Let me know if you run into anymore problems, I'll try and help.
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