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TUTORIAL: Lineart on GIMP by rimirinchan TUTORIAL: Lineart on GIMP by rimirinchan
NO, this is not a tutorial on how to do lineart on GIMP but how to remove a white background from a lineart on GIMP so that it is on a transparent layer.
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Made this because it was requested by :icondukethepenguinkitty: because she can't remember all these steps because she already has 6 skills learned

Eh yeah hope this helps~!
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:iconlester66:
LESter66 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I really needed this! :D
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^ 
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:iconblusilvrpaladin:
BluSilvrPaladin Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. Thank you SO much!
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconbonnieboo0:
bonnieboo0 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is so helpful thank you!!!!!
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconrachelcollinsart:
RachelCollinsArt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I am using your tutorial to remove the background from a line drawing of mine to use on wedding invitations and it works perfectly in gimp however when I 'export as' to .png the original grey paper background reappears.  I have used your tutorial on a a different drawing a few months ago and it worked perfectly, including the exporting process.  I can't figure out why it is not working, and am getting really frustrated!! Do you have any ideas where I could be going wrong? 
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this problem happens because the paper background color is grey. You can try using curves/levels to adjust the image so that it has a white background, or re-scan/retake the photo of your picture with better lightning. This process in GIMP is a bit like taking all the white spaces in an image and changing it into transparent, so if the background is grey, it wouldn't be removed. 

I hope this helps :)
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:iconpsychopathicpussycat:
PsychopathicPussyCat Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can not even tell you how much this helped me, thank you so much for making this <3333333333333333333
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconmasterjordynsama:
MasterJordynSama Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU OH MY LAWD
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Youre welcome :)
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Sapphire1X7 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do I copy & paste the line art?
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You select the lineart, right click, copy, go to where you want the lineart to be copied and right click, paste? I'm sorry I'm not quite sure of what you are asking here. Let me know if I answered your question or not. I'd love to help.
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Sapphire1X7 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm kind of confused about Step 3. Which sounds a bit hard to work on.
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the easiest way would be:
_ select all and press ctrl+c on the layer where your lineart is
_ go to the channel tab and click on the new channel you just made
_ press ctrl+v

I hope this helps
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:iconjeditc:
JediTc Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Googled "gimp lift lineart" and got here.  Really helped me out, thanks!
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, glad to help :)
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Sarilain Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Oh gosh, idk if you use dA any more, but this is simply amazing, thank you so much!!

I had no idea Gimp could do this, I've been stressing over my poor quality lineart with my cheap tablet that jitters my lines.

And I've been wanting to add more texture to my work.

Now I can do both, AND save time since traditional lineart is waayy faster for me.

Thank you!!!  I'm definitely going to abuse this method.T^T
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know exactly how you feel! I was so glad when I found out how to do this too. I'm glad I can help you out :)
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:iconangeltheshifter:
AngelTheShifter Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally found something like this. Though sadly, I still go over the lines.. Wish is what I was trying to prevent.
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can try making your lines really really neat, and then use paint bucket tool to do the flat colors, placing each different colors on its own layer. Then, lock the opacity of the layers. Does that help? 
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:iconangeltheshifter:
AngelTheShifter Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes Thanks.
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconjzlobo:
JZLobo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you found this helpful :)
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:iconpusheen444:
pusheen444 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are super much helpful and I thanks you.
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^_^
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:iconkarisohma22:
KariSohma22 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This really helped me out a lot!
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ;)
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:iconnerrrybe:
nerrrybe Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!<3
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:iconprilandiz:
Prilandiz Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
everything works up to the "new from visible" step. I'm using version 2.4.5, and that option doesn't show up on the drop-down menu
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh jeez...I've been using the later versions of GIMP. When I made this tutorial, I believe I used version 2.6 and now I'm using version 2.8. The "new from visible" option had always been there for me...
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:iconprilandiz:
Prilandiz Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ah that's okay - I got a newer version, and that one has the option - thanks for responding though :D
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Ladycandy2011 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
it didn't work like I kno I did something wrong but I saved it and it still cam up with a white background but when I did it the 4th step it was transparent, can u please help me
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you save it as a .png file or as a .jpg file?
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:iconrinni-boo:
Rinni-Boo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student
When I do this, I can still write over the lineart. Help?
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You can still..write over it? Can I see a screenshot?
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:iconrinni-boo:
Rinni-Boo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is because you're drawing on either the lineart layer or the layer below it. To color wthout going over the lines, you have to color on a layer below the lineart layer.
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:iconmarmite99:
Marmite99 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thank you so much for posting this! It helped me loads!
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad I can help!
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:iconhnkmr:
hnkmr Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE YOU FOR THIS
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:iconwhitekiddo:
WhiteKiddo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gonna try this out now :)
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck~!
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:iconninjassinwolf:
ninjassinwolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
i use to use gimp, however, it no longer works on my computer :/. but cant you always put the line art layer on 'multiply' ? For I know you are able to do that with photoshop. and thats only one step.
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:iconrimirinchan:
rimirinchan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some people, like I am, prefer to put the lineart on a transparent layer instead. That way, they can also change the color of the lineart and perhaps do some other effects with the whole picture. But your way makes sense too, and if that works, it works :)

P.S. Too bad your GIMP doesn't work anymore!
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