How to Fade Background in GIMP

In this video tutorial we will show you how to fade background in GIMP.


Start the program and go to the “File” menu and press “Open”. Choose the image on your computer and press “Open”.

Choose the image

Choose “Free Selection Tool”. Select the foreground object, right click on the image, choose “Select” and click “Invert”.

Select the foreground object

Invert selection

Right click on the image again, choose “Filters”, “Blur” and select “Gaussian Blur”.

Select Gaussian Blur

In the appeared window set the horizontal and vertical blur radius for the background and press “OK”.
Now you need to smooth the border of the foreground image to make it look more natural.
Right click on the image and choose “Select” from the menu and apply “Invert” option to the selection.

Right click on the image again, choose “Select” from the menu and choose “Border”.

Choose Border

In the pop-up window set a 1-pixel border and press “ОК”.
Apply “Gaussian Blur” filter to the foreground selection. Now remove the selection by choosing “None” in the “Select” menu.
As you can see, the background has been successfully faded.