[Gimp-user] Best way to fix background pic so text is readable

That will be better. Even better if the text is on a separate layer?
Assuming that it is not.

You can isolate the text by selecting it, then inverting the selection
and painting around it.

Try something like this. Using your jpeg scaled up 400% so a bit

Use the colour select tool and increase the threshold up to maybe 30.
Click inside the black text to select.  see screenshot:

Now grow the selection a pixel or 2 to make sure make sure the text
outline is inclusive. screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/JZAyJ5k.jpg

Invert the selection Select -> Invert. 

I would use the clone tool to clone in adjacent light areas 
https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-tool-clone.html  - not the best
description in the world.

Use a fuzzy brush with suitable size, ctrl-click to select a (light
color) source. Then just paint over the dark area around the text.
https://i.imgur.com/7zSCkMc.jpg The active selection prevents painting
out the text.

You can repeat for the other areas. https://i.imgur.com/bwy3HgJ.jpg
choosing a new clone source for each.

When complete kill the selection Select -> None. You might still have
to go in at high zoom and 'tweak' parts of the text to improve
legibility. Depends how keen you are.

rich: www.gimp-forum.net

Man the clone tool was perfect for this fix - very easy to use - thanks so much

GerryPeters (via www.gimpusers.com/forums)

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