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- I select the item in the image I want to extract with the foreground extraction tool.
- Then I invert the selection.
- Then I press DEL to remove the background like I am used to from working with Fireworks. However instead of getting a transparent background the background turns completely white. Then I tried to use the rubber tool but it does not remove the background but simply paints it in white, too.
Any help would be appreciated.
I'm not a user of the gimp but it sounds like you have you have your canvas background set to white - there will be a setting that allows you to swap this to transparent.
Look for canvas colour or image background.
Or perhaps a white background layer (delete it)
I found out in the meantime however that in order to obtain transparency one needs to add a transparent Alpha Channel to the layer. A little odd - I have worked with different programms like Photoshop, Fireworks and this was never necessary.
However the Foreground extraction tool works great.
Cut the foreground that you want and paste it into the new image.
GIMP is a great tool, and a free tool, but it can be a clunky tool. I guess ou get what you pay for.