[Gimp-user] fill and delete

I would like to use a photo, then use the fill tool and a low
threshold, so that it fills only the contours. But after the feeling I
want to delete the photo and only keep the fillings. How could I do
that? Because if I have a new layer, it doesn't work with the filing,
as there are not contours, and if I use it directly on the photo, I
can't delete it. Is there a way?

All depends on the image and usually each image has to be considered on its own.
If looking for a batch process, unlikely.

Bucket fill with similar colours and threshold??  A colour selection with
threshold and in additive mode to build up a selection might be better. Invert
selection, cut out background.

Always a better way because it is non-destructive, is a layer-mask. This


1. Trying to isolate the cell borders: Very common with gimp to duplicate layers
and work on the duplicate.

2. This using Colours -> Threshold to produce a binary image Black for
transparent, White for solid. There are other ways, depends on the image Gimp
has a whole set of edge detect filters.


3. The original image has a (white) layer mask added: Layer -> Mask -> Add layer
mask. The black/white layer is copied and pasted into the layer mask.

4. With a solid background.

That is a basic image. The layer-mask can be edited same as any other layer.
Paint in black to hide / white to uncover or other tools to improve the result.

rich404 (via www.gimpusers.com/forums)

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