Metuchen High School: GIMP


Foreground Select Tool

5 points


This is an example intended to show you how the Foreground Select tool works.  You are not expected to do this exercise; the exercise that you are asked to do is discussed below.

The Foreground Select tool allows you to easily select the foreground of an image.  There needs to be a difference in color between the foreground and the background.  In this example, you select the orange flower.

To get started, click on the Foreground Select tool in the Toolbox.  Click here to view GIMP documentation on this tool.  The mouse pointer is like a Lasso Select tool at this point.  Click around the image's foreground to make a rough selection of the foreground.

This is how the image appears at this point. 

After the rough selection around the foreground is complete, the mouse pointer changes into a paintbrush.  You can use Brush tool options to change the brush's size.  Paint on the foreground, painting carefully so as to avoid painting on the background.  Then hit Enter.  The foreground will be selected. 

You can then do whatever you'd like to do next.  I copied the foreground and pasted it onto a simple blue background.


Find an image that you'd like to work with.  Follow the steps outlined above to select the foreground of the photo, remove it and paste it onto another image.

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