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Transparency Tutorial by BloodMoonEquinox Transparency Tutorial by BloodMoonEquinox
November 21, 2012

This is just a quick explanation of how I cut out my stock images when I make photomanipulations. Depending on the subject and whether or not you have a tablet, this can be done in around five minutes.

I'm sure there are other tutorials already written about methods similar to this that I've just absorbed over time, but this really is meant to explain my personal method, not rehash someone else's tutorial.

EDIT: I fixed a grammatical error and adjusted the pictures that were cropped funny. It looks much cleaner now. :D
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Yellow-Sarah Featured By Owner May 13, 2014   Artist
when i go to submit the image the background still shows up even though in GIMP it shows the checkerboard
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you mean when you go to submit the image in deviantART? In GIMP, did you export the file as a PNG?
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Yellow-Sarah Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Artist
yes. i could try to save it as png. i think it saved as png. it just put a line through a lady's head and i hit delete and it deleted everything except her ponytail.
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drawingmydream Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super helpful! Your color tutorial was really helpful too. Thanks!!
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
That's great to hear! :happybounce: I'm so glad it was useful to you! :D
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SharazDestler Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Just FYI: The Pen Tool is sometimes called the Paths Tool. I think the name changed on a later version of GIMP.
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, I believe the "Pen" and "Paths" tool are basically the same. There is also a Paths dialogue box that is separate from the Pen/Paths tool, but I personally don't have much use for it. :D
Now that I have a tablet, I sometimes use the Eraser tool for this as well if the image I'm cutting out isn't too detailed, but I find it rather difficult to keep a lot of control with it using only a mouse. :)
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SharazDestler Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Don't. I. Know it...you think you're going all right, and then the mouse slips, and suddenly you've got unsightly streaks of paint all over the drawing.
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SharazDestler Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Alternatively, for steps 4 and 5, the Eraser works pretty well. Just...be real careful with it, savvy?
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SharazDestler Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
So, THAT'S what I"ve been doing wrong.
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