Here’s a tip on how to add transparency to your image in gimp.
 
  • open the image, you want to work on
  • adding alpha channel (transparent layer) by CLICKING menu > LAYER > TRANSPARENCY > ADD ALPHA CHANNEL
  • select the fuzzy selector – and with it, click & select the area you want to remove
  • click & select the area you want to remove
  • now let’s clear the area, by CLICKING menu EDIT > CLEAR (CTRL + K)
  • now your image has transparent background and is possible to save in a transparent capable format, like GIF or PNG

Original article found here: http://forums.techarena.in/customize-desktop/1152621.htm

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