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GIMP Tutorial - How to get rid of white backgrounds on your clipart

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February 28th, 2010, 08:55 PM
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Using a little image or clipart can be a great way to jazz up your blinkie. But, most clipart comes on a white background. This tutorial will show you how to get rid of that white background so all you have is the image to insert directly into your blinkie.

1. Open the clipart you want to use.

2. Select the Magic Wand tool from the Toolbox (it looks like, well, a magic wand, lol.) Click on the section of the image you want to delete. In this case, I want to take out the white background behind the stars and the clouds. When you click, the selected area will appear with a flashing black dotted border around it.

3. Now click Layer -> Transparency -> Color to Alpha. A new menu appears.

4. In the new menu, click OK. Don't worry that the preview looks like you are deleting all the white - since you have already selected an area, this will apply only to the selected area.

5. Repeat in other sections you need deleted as necessary. Once you have cleaned out your background, hit CTRL+A and CTRL+C to copy the entire image.

6. Paste and resize in your blinkie as a new layer. Once you have it the size you want and placed where you want, you can duplicate as necessary to add it into your existing layers.
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