There are a billion different ways to do what you're talking about.  But it really 
comes down to the quality/properties of the image you have.

Show us what you have.

On Tue, Nov 02, 2004 at 01:13:21AM -0500, Tom wrote:
> (new to gimp)
> Hi,
> I would like to change the background color of a photo,
> (preferably with a gradient or shadow effect)
> but it's a single layer (jpg).  I tried to 'select by color'
> and replace it, but the edges of the object in the foreground
> turn out jagged and looks bad.  I also tried to invert the
> selection and cut and paste it into a new image file, but it looks
> just as bad.
> Any ideas would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Tom
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