How do you remove a background?

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  1. .Chris
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    How do you remove a background from an image in GIMP? Such as the other cookies, plate, and the glass surrounding the middle one?

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  2. Pyrmon

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    You zoom alot and you use the free select tool to, well, select the cookie.

    EDIT:like this:
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    I know it looks crude and not very nice, but I did it in 2 minutes as an example.
     
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    really? is that the only way?

    is there another way to remove the background like in Photoshop?
     
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    If there is, I don know of it. But I used GIMP like 3 times in my life, so...

    EDIT: Also, you may want to post this in the AskGBATemp section...
     
  5. FAST6191

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    Rather than freehand select tool you can try the fuzzy select tool- among the other select tools there is a magic wand like icon (it is also in the selection tools submenu of the tools pulldown menu context menu or you can just hit the u button).
    This is all photoshop does give or take some possibly faster/nicer algorithms and a delete of the inverse of your selection (select pulldown menu- invert or ctrl and i).

    After this you do have other options- you can select a region of image if you want (essentially making a select mask), you can improve your odds here by upping or reducing contrast to lose things, there are edge detection algorithms and other things you can play with if you want.

    You happen to have picked a really nasty image to try and do such a thing on though (most of the automated methods work on the basis of colour and "texture").