Three easy steps to cut out a border using GIMP. This is necessary for putting images into web pages and online instructional documents. Read through these super easy to follow screenshots and watch the instructional video at the bottom.
This is an example of an image with a border that has a colour and a clean edge.
First things to do are:
– Open the image in GIMP. Make any necessary edits – text, arrows, etc.
– Select the layer that you want to crop. The layer is selected when the colour is highlighted. In Ubuntu this is orange, in Windows this is blue.
– If you want a transparent background behind your cut out border right click on the layer and click ‘add alpha channel”.
– Select the colour that you want to use for your border.
Go to the colour selector and click on the top colour. This opens the colour dialogue box. Select a colour to use. It is recommended to use a colour that ties in with your overall colour scheme and is slightly muted. You want the image to stand apart from the text, a dark frame can attract the eye and disrupt the flow of the page.
Here are the THREE easy steps:
1. Rectangle Select.
This is the rectangle shape in the top left hand side of the tools box. Click on this shape and you can draw a rectangle across your image.
Drag the sides of the rectangle to reshape.
Select rounded corners if you want a rounded edge to your image.
2. Stroke Selection.
Go to ‘Edit’ on the top menu drop down, then, click ‘Stroke Selection’. This will put a stroke around the marching ants (or dots) of the rectangle select.
The options are for stroke thickness, different kinds of stroke. Click ‘Select’.
Go to ‘Select’ on the top menu drop down, then, click ‘Invert’. This changes the selection from inside the rectangle to outside the rectangle.
Now go to your keyboard and press the ‘delete’ button.
Voila! A beautiful border around a cut out image.
Use the crop tool to get rid of the excess transparency.
Export as a .png and you’ll keep the transparent background.
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