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Transparent Backgrounds are just as they sound. Its where your image has a background that is clear (or transparent). In other words, it has no color. This is extremely useful because you can post these images on forum's without having a white blocky background around the image.
Here's an example of an image with a transparent background:
The first thing you need, of course, is an image that you want to have a transparent background. Ones with solid background colors work the best because ones with busy backgrounds and such take a lot more work.
Here's the image I'm using:
Next you'll want to open your image in gimp.
You'll then want to locate the fuzzy select tool in your tool bar.
The fuzzy select tool looks like this:
Then you'll need to click on the part of the image you want to be transparent. In my case, I want the white parts transparent. So I'll click in the white area.
Sometimes one click won't get all the background. Occasionally there's a space of white in the middle of the image. When this happens you'll need to select multiple spaces. To do go, hold down the shift key on your keyboard and click the white areas. Its an easy way to highlight multiple spaces. If you don't hold down the shift key, you can only select one white space at a time.
When you click in the area, it will highlight the area in marching ants. Like this:
Next you'll want to left click on the image.
Then go to Colors > Color to Alpha.
A box will pop up like this:
You'll want to pick the color you want transparent. In my case, white. But if you background is black you can choose black or any other color as needed.
Then click okay.
Your image will then be transparent. TA DA! No more strange white background.
Then we'll need to get rid of the selection. Go to Select > None.
And the little marching ants disappear.
Lastly, we need to save it to upload our image for WI to see! Because it looks awesome!
To do so save like you normally do. Go to File > Save As.
Make sure you save your image as a .png or .gif so the transparent background saves with it. I prefer .png because it uploads with a better quality.
Then you upload your image to your favorite image hosting site or to WI and you're ready to use it where you feel like!
Doesn't that look really awesome? Thanks for checking out this guide!
Feel free to ask me if you have any questions!
Ooh yeah its open!!
I suscribed to this thread even while it was closed LOL it was really helpful though! Thanks electrabuzz for reopening it!
Aw, thank you!
That means a lot to me, that you found it helpful!
And I'm glad its reopened as well.
In other news...
I hope to post some more guides soon!
If you want to see a guide, don't hesitate to ask.
I don't know how to do EVERYTHING, but the worst I can do is say "Sorry I don't know how to do that" and then not make a guide on it.
You never know.
I have some very strange skills.
So, don't be afraid to suggest any.
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