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. 

6 comments:

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

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  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.

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

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