Try the following. Click on the Color Menu Item and then Color to
Alpha. White should already be selected and so hit OK. You are done.


On Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 8:04 PM, Jessica Tomlinson
<jtsoundtec...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>      I'm really pleased to discover such a complete, free application which
> grew out of a community spirit.  However, I'm a little frustrated because
> I'm having a bit of trouble figuring out just what makes it tick ;0.  I've
> pored over parts of the online guide, and am having trouble understanding
> some of the language in it.  Basically, I'm a teacher, and haven't done much
> digital art, but I've been inspired by the whole host of "teacher bloggers"
> and their cool creations.  I like to draw on paper, but am not very good at
> it. ;)  Basically, I've drawn a whole set of letters, which I intend to make
> into an "alphabet", which is not really a font, but is used like one
> sometimes.  I've attached this question mark which is a test that I've been
> playing with.  I want to make it transparent, like a regular GIF image, so
> you can set it against color and not have a tacky white square.  I've been
> trying to select and cut the white area with the "select by color" tool, but
> I'm not sure if this is working or not.  I wanted to do the same for some
> black stray lines, but it didn't work at all.  But for this, I could get rid
> of them with the eracer tool.  Also, instead of saving as a GIF file, it
> insists on saving this as a GIMP image!  Why is this??  Thanks in advance.
> Jessica
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