Create Transparent Background for Image in GIMP

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    You should have GIMP open and an image ready to use.
    You can refer to our other tutorials to find out exactly how to do that.
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    First click "Fuzzy Select Tool" from "Toolbox".
    The icon for this tool looks like a magic wand. Alternatively, click "Lasso Tool".
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    Next, click the background of your image.
    The selected area will have moving dots. You can hold the "Ctrl" or "Shift" key on your keyboard to select additional areas. You may need to adjust some areas around the object to avoid having a background-colored border.
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    Click "Colors" in the horizontal menu at the top of the window.
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    Then, click "Color to Alpha" in the drop-down menu.
    It is located near the bottom. A dialogue box will appear. In the preview window, you see a chequered pattern, showing you where the transparent area will be.
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    You can also drag the scrollers around the preview.
    This will allow you to see how different areas of your image look.
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    Check "Preview" to see the preview.
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    You can select which color should go from your color "to alpha".
    To enable the alpha channel, click "Image", hover over "Mode", and click "RGB". Alternatively, click "Layer", hover over "Transparency", and click "Add Alpha Channel".
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    When you're done click "OK" to apply your changes.
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    Finally, click "Select" from the horizontal toolbar at the top of your screen.
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    In the drop-down menu, click "None".
    This will deselect the object. You can also use the keyboard shortcut "Shift" + "Ctrl" + "A".
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