Hi Steve,
Thanks for the help and sorry for the delay in responding. I'll run thru your 
suggestion today.


>On 02/28/2012 12:52 AM, mamboze wrote:
>> I've got a problem editing an image with a dotted background in it. By 
>> 'dotted', I mean an array of small evenly spaced black dots on a white 
>> background. 
>> I've tried the fuzzy select tool which kind of works. It fills in the white 
>> space with the color I want but leaves the dots untouched. I want to get rid 
>> of the dots.
>> The image has a lot of rectangles containing text (these are not dotted) on 
>> this dotted background so using the select tool would be a real chore.

>Hey Mamboze,

>Try this:

>* Make a new layer, fill it with your desired background color, and
>move it down so it is under your original image layer.

>(This is done in the Layers tab of your dock window.)

>* Select the original image layer, right click on it, and Add Layer
>Mask.  Make the mask white - "full opacity".

>* Open up your color selector (add set a light gray color - about
>50% gray.

>* Click on the layer mask to select it, then drag & drop to the main
>image window to fill the mask with gray.

>* Back in the color selector, get some pure white selected.

>* Turn on your rectangular select tool.  Start using that to select
>your rectangles with text in the main image window, drag and drop to
>fill them with white.

>(This will bring your rectangles back to their original appearance
>by restoring the mask's effect to 100% opacity in those areas.)

>*  All done?  Use the "magic wand" or the "select by color" tool to
>select the gray in your layer mask.

>*  Back in the color selector, get some 100% black going, drag and
>drop to fill the selected gray area in your mask with black.

>That will make your dots vanish entirely, leaving the layer below
>fully visible.  You can use the select tools with drag and drop, or
>any of the painting tools, to correct any errors in your mask by
>adding white (make parts of the layer visible) or black (making
>parts of the layer invisible).

>If you use the GIMP long enough, you will start to think of an image
>as a stack of layers, and using masks will (almost!) completely
>replace the "erase" tool. 

>Another neat thing to play with is to make a copy of a layer, apply
>a filter that you want to use on some but not all parts of the
>finished image, and make the altered layer transparent by adding a
>black layer mask.  Then, painting in the image window with white
>will enable you to "paint the image with" the filter(s) you applied
>to the new layer.



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