In 6 easy steps...
There are times when it is desirable to remove the background from images. This tutorial will take you through the process step-by-step using the freely available gimp software. This tutorial assumes you are running the Windows version, but the concept applies equally to other versions of the gimp and other photo editing software such as Photoshop.
The assumption is that you have a basic understanding of how to use the gimp.
How to get your images online...
You've done all your research. You know your target audience and your competition, you have an understanding of what you are trying to achieve by putting your images online. Your portfolio has a sufficiently diverse range of images ready for display. It's now time to start attracting some customers!
Let's explore some of the methods that you can use to get your pictures online ready for the world to see.
When it comes to streamlining your workflow there are lots of little things that you can do to help your overall process. The EXIF data contained in your image files if used wisely can certainly be a great little time saver.
Gallery 2, like a lot of other image galleries can read your EXIF/IPTC data and put it to good use. This will make the process of uploading multiple images much quicker and easier by automatically applying: Titles, Descriptions and Keywords to your images without the need for any intervention afterwards. This is done from the Library module within Adobe Lightroom.
As a keen photographer I am always looking for ways to improve my work flow so that I can spend more time taking photos and less time in front of the computer processing and uploading to my online gallery.
You may recall the article I wrote a little while ago regarding the benefits of Lightroom EXIF Data and automatically naming images, adding descriptions and keywords. To build on these benefits there is a great third party export plugin now available for Gallery 2.
Lightroom-to-Gallery is extremely easily installed into Lightroom and allows you to export files directly to your Gallery 2 album (I assume that it uses the Gallery Remote protocol).
The installation of the plugin is as simple as copying a folder to the root directory of Lightroom.
There are times when it may be desirable to replace the sky with another one which is visually more appealing. Perhaps the sky is blown and appears white or it is just plain dreary!
You could use the technique that I described in the article about Removing Image Backgrounds which uses the quick mask. You would of course need to go one step further than described in that article. You would need to add another layer (ctrl + L - will open the layers dialog box) below the main picture and paste the new sky into this layer. It will be visible on all the transparent parts of the image.
With the example images below I used a different but equally effective technique to achieve the required result.