On Tue, 2004-11-02 at 01:13 -0500, Tom wrote:
> (new to gimp)

Welcome. :-)

> 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.

There are two tutorials about this at http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/ (in
the "intermediate" section). As has been mentioned in another thread,
the best technique varies a little depending on the type of image you
are working with, but those two tutorials might give some starting


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