Monday, June 27, 2016

Background Removal in GIMP

The Internet is a great resource for images, but it can be annoying when images have large white backgrounds behind them. This simple trick in GIMP will get rid of the background meaning you can use your images on any background you want.

To start off, you will need to open your image in GIMP and go to Layers > Transparency and select "Add Alpha Channel". This will make it possible to actually remove the background of the image, instead of just making deleted parts of the image white.
Next, select the "Fuzzy Select" tool and click the background of the image. You should see black and white dots marching around the edge of the image.
Once you are done with that, just press CTRL+X to delete the background.
And now you are finished. You will need to export the image as a .png in order to save the transparency, otherwise, the background will just come back.

Friday, June 24, 2016

GIMP LowPoly Image Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will show how to create a LowPoly image in GIMP. Images with lots of color work best for this project.

To start, you will need to open GIMP and open your image. The one I used for this tutorial can be found here.

Next, select the Color Picker and select "Sample Average" and "Set Background Color" as shown below. Set the "Radius" option to about 40 for this image.

Next, select the "Free Select" tool and draw your first triangle on the picture. I like to start from a corner. If you are not familiar with the free select tool, do not click and hold to draw your lines! Just click once where you want to start, and then click again at every corner until you get back to where you started, then click the first yellow dot.

If you made the triangle correctly, you will see black and white dots moving around it like this.

Next, open the color picker tool and click the middle of the triangle.

Then press CTRL+X and the triangle will be replaced with a solid color.

Repeat these steps until the image is completely covered. Be careful not to leave blank space between the triangles. To be safe, when I do it I always overlap them slightly.

If you want to skip the hassle, you can follow this link and I will convert images for you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Battle of the Browsers: Chrome vs Firefox vs Edge vs Opera

Whether you're a hardcore Chrome user, or a die hard Firefox fan, come see how your favorite browser stacks up against the competition! Read the full smack down here.