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Help with photo editing

I have a picture with me and my parents, and I am trying to paint the background white and then put a new background in, similar to the backgrounds from professional photos. I am doing this in paint.

I am having two problems with this, first of all I'm finding it a bit difficult when painting areas next to the body. Is there a better and/or easier way to do this, or a better program (that is free).

Secondly, if I eventually do finish the painting the background white, I have a good suspicion that when I try to put the image on top of my chosen background, the parts that I painted white in the original image will just cover the new background, if you follow my line of thought. Any suggestions to overcome this.

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Just try removing the background?

Best FREE tool I've managed to find that does this easily is called Background Burner.

bonanza.com/bac…ner

I've used it a few times for making things look better (more professional) when selling bits on eBay

Hope it helps.

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You could try Gimp (it's Free) and it's Paths tool. Paint is okay for basic things (unless you are using Paint.NET)

Yes gimp is free but similar to photoshop - you need to zoom in and use the selection tool or wizard or a brush and make the background transparent - then you copy the updated image and paste it onto your new background

If you need further advice - search youtube for tutorial - transparent background

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Chapers_23

Just try removing the background?Best FREE tool I've managed to find that … Just try removing the background?Best FREE tool I've managed to find that does this easily is called Background Burner.https://www.bonanza.com/background_burnerI've used it a few times for making things look better (more professional) when selling bits on eBayHope it helps.



I just trying out your suggestion, it burns most of the background, but I have to still do some of the edges, I'll let you know how it goes.

I can have a go at doing it for you if you would like.

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sancho1983

I can have a go at doing it for you if you would like.



Thanks for the offer, it's very kind of you. But its a picture of my graduation, I would prefer it to stay private.

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I was using Background burner but found it not to be accurate enough for my needs. Then I moved on to gimp, which is excellent, precise and easy to use. However, when saving the file it just saves it as a file that can only be opened in gimp, does any of you guys know if there a way in which I can save it as PNG or JPEG

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madridpaid_the_referee

I was using Background burner but found it not to be accurate enough for … I was using Background burner but found it not to be accurate enough for my needs. Then I moved on to gimp, which is excellent, precise and easy to use. However, when saving the file it just saves it as a file that can only be opened in gimp, does any of you guys know if there a way in which I can save it as PNG or JPEG



Never mind, I have solved this problem. I had to click on 'export' instead of 'save as', which gave the option of saving it as jpeg and png.
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