How do I remove the background from a photo?

Asked by Teresa Guerrero Impson

I am trying to eliminate the background on a photo and just keep the foreground to eliminate distraction (i.e., background too bland or too busy). I'm using Shotwell0.7.

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Jim Nelson (yorba-jim) said :

Shotwell can set the background but not remove it (or revert it to a prior choice). If you want to remove the background you've selected, go to the Appearances control panel (System -> Preferences -> Appearances), choose the Background tab, and select something more to your liking.

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mycae (mycae) said :

You might want to install the "gimp" package, for advanced image editing. The "intelligent" scissor tool may do what you want.

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Jim Nelson (yorba-jim) said :

My apologies -- I was working on a desktop background bug and misread your original question as relating to that.

One thing I would add to the other answerer: You can launch GIMP (or any image editor) directly from Shotwell. If you choose Edit -> Preferences you can decide which editor to use for your images (and your RAW images). Then, select the photo you want to edit and choose Photos -> Open with External Editor. Not only will Shotwell launch the program, but it will present the modified photo to you in the library.

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