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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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:iconyellow-sarah:
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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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Glad I could help! :thumbsup: :D
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I got to the last step, but every time I delete after pressing Selection from Path, it deletes the image and leaves me with the checkerboard background in the shape of the original image.

What am I doing wrong?
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Once you've made the selection, you must go to either Select>Invert, or Ctrl + I if you're on a PC/Cmd + I if you're on a Mac. If you've done this correctly, you'll see the little marching ants around the outside border of the picture, as well as around the part of the image that you're trying to cut out. :) Hope that helps! :D
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wait, I figured it out and exported the image as a png file. That pretty much did it!

Thanks again! :)
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TheBlackBullets Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How in the world do you get the toolbar and Layers thing to stick to the sides like that?
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
It's a new feature in GIMP 2.8--you can set it to single-window mode so it works just like Photoshop. :) When you open GIMP 2.8, just go to Windows>Single Window Mode, and voila. :D I like it soooo much better than the floating windows!
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II-S Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Simple and efficient, thanks for sharing.
I once read a nice tutorial about clear-cutting with the pen tool, but for Photoshop, and it took me some search to figure out about paths.
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :D
I haven't been able to make the pen tool work for me in Photoshop CS5 for some reason, for me it's easier and faster to use GIMP to cut out certain images. :)
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II-S Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I use exclusively GIMP, I love it :-)
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sensational :la:

Thank you so much for sharing :heart:
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce: I'm glad you like it! :)
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ShortcakeNova Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much i was wondering how people did this :3
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very welcome! :D I'm glad it seems useful. :)
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ShortcakeNova Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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SILENTJUSTICE Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome! :D :clap:
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Weee, thanks! :boogie: I shouldn't post stuff right before I go to bed, I was too tired to notice some mistakes in it! :lmao: I'll fix them soon! :D
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