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Background and foreground problem

Hi there

I have a very simple problem but i am sure the answer is going to be easy...
Every time i try to change the foreground and/or background color from black or white to any other color it automaticly becomes gray.

What's the problem with it or what am i doing wrong?

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Re: Background and foreground problem

Go to image menu under Mode check whether the Grayscale mode in checked. If it is checked than the u may not get color in the foreground and background color , so change that mode approxiate to u and the clor will reflect in your Foreground and background

Posted on Nov 16, 2007

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First Click on the Paint Bucket Tool, then select the foreground color that you'd like to use as your background fill, hold down the shift key and click the work area background behind your canvas to replace the default grey background with your color.

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Hi Jody,

Gimp can be frustrating, but it's one of the most amazing and powerful free applications out there. You're right...what you're trying to do is very simple, but you need to know a few tricks to get it to work well.

First, you need to use .PNG as .JPG files don't support transparency. When you try to save a file in .JPG that has a transparency, or alpha, channel, you should be prompted to "export" the image by flattening all layers, which essentially replaces all the transparent areas with the current background color (usually white).

Second, there's a tool that's been added to the most recent versions of the Gimp that does exactly what you want to do. It's called the "Foreground Select Tool" and is really simple to use once you get the hang of it. This tool was added in Gimp 2.4, so you'll need at least that version or higher to use it. This tool uses a two-step process: first you draw a rough circle around the object you want to cut out (your daughter), then you "paint" over the foreground object so the tool can sample all the colors you're wanting to extract. This sounds strange until you do it...once you understand, it's really pretty simple. You can read the docs for this tool here. There's also a YouTube video that shows the basic process. Apparently no sound on that video, but at least you can see what to do.

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Let me know if this doesn't answser your question.

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dude,follow these steps and u will make it.

1)first, make a new layer and set your foreground color to a light tone of grey which suits the color of smoke and the background color to black to have a stark contrast.

2)make ur foreground color alt + backspace on the keyboard by making sure the new layer is active.

3)go to the filters menu and choose noise>add noise.

4)play around with the noise values until u have a clear contrast in the add noise area.

5)click ok, and go back to the filter menu, blur>motion blur. increase the value just slightly.

6)now, u will have a kind of a rainy effect.all u have to do now is to go to filter menu>liquify and choose a slightly medium sized brush and warp the layer to ur heart's content until u get a shape of the smoke. At this stage, it looks somewhat like smoke, but to add more reality, reduce the opacity values slightly to see the real effect of a smoke.

7)if u want to see the smoke more clearly, just adjust the levels in the levels command.enjoy!!

7)thank you! If you have further doubts, please make sure u post a question, we are here to help u!!!!!!

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This really depends on what the background looks like. In all of these cases, however, a good tip is to copy the background layer so that you have a duplicate layer to work upon. This way you can always mask off some of the top layer if you go too far, or mess up too badly, without losing all your work.

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If the background tends to merge seamlessly, you can try to select the background with the Lasso tool. Just start draggine the lasso tool along the background that you will want to change. You can take it in small chunks as long as you hold down the "shift" key when you start your next selection.

Once you have the background of the photo selected, a good idea is often to make the selection just a little bit blurry so that when you change the color the borders won't be too abrubt which tends to look a bit jarring and unreal.

A good way to do this is "feathering" the selection by 5 or 10 pixels (depending on the size and resolution of your photo).

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I usually start by increasing the "saturation" slider, this allows more color into the selection, and enables you to see the effects of the top slider, "Hue"

Slide the "Hue" slider until you get the approximate color you want the background of the photo to be. You can then use the middle slider to add more or less of that hue, and the bottom slider to adjust the lightness and darkeness.

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