Removing a Green-Screen as Easy as 1, 2, 3 with Gimp

Removing a Green-Screen as Easy as 1, 2, 3 with Gimp

I've been playing around with different photo editing tools.  I have always loved Gimp.  It is like Photoshop but the cost is way better, if you like free.  It is a program you have to download and they do have a version for Windows and Mac.

Steps to remove the Green:

  • Always make a copy of the original photo, just in case you really mess up you still have the original.
  • Open your photo in Gimp.
  • Go to Layers and Add an Alpha Channel.
  • In your Tools choose the Color Pick Tool.  
  • Click on the Green background.  It should outline your main subject.
  • Go to "Edit" and choose "Clear". You make have to repeat a few times.
  • Create a New Layer and make sure it is Transparent. 
  • Open the photo that will become your background in Gimp.
  • Using the "Select" tool, select what you want to copy.
  • Go to "Edit" choose "Copy".
  • Go back to your 1st photo, the one you removed the green from.
  • Click on your new layer.  Go to "Edit" and choose "Paste".
  • You will need to click on the "Anchor" icon in the Layer window and "Anchor" it to the new background layer.
I did find a YouTube video clip that shows the steps.  

Tech Tips:

  • Always make a copy of your photo before you begin to edit it.
  • You can always undo something if you mess up or you don't like what the program did.
  • Be patient. 


  1. Anonymous5/18/2014

    Wow who knew it was so simple in GIMP. GImp is also on linux not just winblows or crap mac

  2. Gimp- Free Online Photo Editor seems to me sound like very outstanding and I would like to have and give it a try for once and If I will feel better then Must use it forever. Thanks

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  4. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. Actually, I didn't know about this technique which remove my photos green screen. It's really helpful for me. Thanks again for sharing your photos.

  5. For some odd reason, this does not work using GIMP on Linux (Ubuntu). Still trying to figure out why.


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