The Foreground Select Tool

Updated on: November 25, 2014

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we're going to be touching base on probably our last select tool up here on our toolbox. This one is called the Foreground Select Tool and since I've already got us selected this are the options or additional functions that accompany the foreground select tool.

foreground select tool

And for the sake of this demonstration, we're going to leave the feather edges off, the contiguous unchecked as well, and this is the default the mark foreground and the small brush these are the defaults right about in here. I'm going to go ahead and keep it closer to the small brush but not only works to dinky but I'll show you here in a second why. Then the smoothing, this basically default right here is number three. You get much higher then it affects adversely some of the accuracy of what we will be extracting because what this foreground select tool does basically is it allows you to extract the foreground from the active layer or, in this case, from the selected item. The other items here too, the preview color, you have three.  No big deal, these are really irrelevant so just leave it or whatever it is setup as. The color sensitivity, I just opened that up just to take a look at it. I would leave that again. I'll just leave that alone and whatever it is defaulted at.

foreground select tool

So let's go ahead and open up an image. Let's get this zebra guy out of there. So now then, as you can see with the foreground select tool, close to my mouse pointer we got the little what looks like a lariat just like this guy here. And we don't have to be accurate at all. Just kind of select around the item we want to extract. I'm not going to go all the way back to the beginning. Just for demonstration purpose, I'm going to let off my mouse button now and it finds the beginning point itself but it does so on a straight line. Be aware of that. Just make sure you've got it out here. Of course, it would have been easier for me and better for me actually to go up this way but for demonstration purposes here we go.

foreground select tool

Now after we've done the selection, it gives the paint brush. You can kind of see that there a little bit just below my pointer's paintbrush. What we want to do is just run the paint brush down the item we're going to be selecting and again we're just highlighting it. We're not trying to fill in all, just letting the tool know what we want to extract. Not to grasp but this item right here, the zebra. Striped donkey. As you can see, there's some blue right in here and what we're going to do because we copy this out now or extract this out now then this will be basically invisible spots or holes in our selected item. So we can kind of eliminate that a little bit by saw the paint brush in here. Just painting over these items here. Nothing exact here then let the tool do its thing and it brings him up. Okay cool.

foreground select tool

Now you see we got some extra garbage up here and down here and it's not perfect down here. Let's go and add a little bit more of its leg here. That's cool. We get a little bit more here. You can see as we do this, it's adding more and more garbage that won't need to be cleaned up what we background or the images we place this guy on. But I'm happy with this for the time being. So I'm going to click my enter button and you see all the marching ants, well we've got it selected now. You can use the control keys on our keyboard or we can right-click and go to our edit function. You can use the copy, cut, paste, or whatever. We're going to go ahead and use the and this are the control functions on our keyboard we could use in place of what we're doing now but I'm using the mouse.

foreground select tool

So let's just go ahead and cut this guy out of here and let's open up another image to paste him onto. What have we got? Yes, the desert. We'll really freak this donkey out. Anywhere you paste him on here; just right-click, edit, and again we can use the control V like "Victor" on our keyboard or just use this here. Now we paste him on here. You can see all the garbage up here. Now what we want to do is we want to clean that up a little bit and do so while these items are still selected. So while it's still selected, go over here to the erase button or erase tool and just already erasing our way. And the reason why you want to do it while it is selected because then the background of this image being pasted onto shows up versus erasing the entire background as well. Let me show you what I'm talking about here. Of course, you can spend time cleaning that up. Okay so we are going to deselect this guy now. So now it's deselected, now screw over here the eraser tool and I'll show you what I was talking about. You can see that it is erasing the background of the image as well. It's pretty close because I've chose the background color to match this background as closely as possible. But so it's kind of scurry. Again do the clean the app or the erasing while it is still selected. And there you have it. Now we can go over here to the move tool. I'm going to hit my control Z because you can always hit the control Z and go back and finish up your cleaning and everything.

foreground select tool

But now I'm going to move this guy over here to the side and kind of down a little bit. This way it looks... Yeah there you go. Go back up here and select my foreground tool and my mouse button deselect them. Now that is one scared-looking donkey. He's wondering, "What the heck am I doing at the desert here now?" Hey, that's just our quick introduction to the Foreground Select Tool. Hope you learned something from this video and the old imagination used are flowing on us on how you can this particular tool as well. And that pretty much brings to a close the videos on the selection tools. Next, we're going to get in to some additional tools here and show you how those functions can help you with your Gimp. Thank you very much for watching. Have a great day!

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