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dan1966

erasing backgrounds but not your object.

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Hello everyone, Glad to finally join this community. Paint.net has been so awesome where much of my art for anime, furry fiction writing is concerned. One thing I have not picked up on yet is how to chose a completed color object on a white background and erase the background without having to go to magnification and hand trim around the border of the object. Clearing this up for me would save me a lot of time. Can anyone point me to a good tutorial?

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Greetings,
 

I would use the Wand Tool set to a tolerance of 45 to erase the background and the remaining white between the characters legs.
https://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/MagicWand.html

Also I would use the eraser to remove the artifacts on the right side of the character.
https://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/EraserTool.html

 

Edited by HyReZ

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As Hyrez says, Magic wand and then one of these to clean up the edges AA's Assistant  Feather

 

 

Great drawing.  If I was you, and to get the cleanest edged image possible I'd consider working with Layers. 

That way all you've got to do is delete your white background, which will always give better results IMO

 

Edited by welshblue

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Thank you so much HyReZ and Welshblue for your help on this. 100 percent benefit! And thank you for the drawing compliment. I'll find the layer tutorial on my own.

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11 minutes ago, dan1966 said:

I'll find the layer tutorial on my own.

 

You won't need a tutorial.  If you hand draw your images >>> scan>>>  then edit in PDN you may find this plug in useful https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/13535-isolate-lineart/

 

If you draw it all in PDN just add a new layer and keep the Background White Layer empty, then think of it as an onion and build the layers up, like you've done in your example image

 

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@dan1966

You are welcome!
Here is a link to a great video tutorial explaining the Layers feature of Paint.NET.
It is mainly about using layers with photo images and not drawings, but the concepts are similar.

 

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