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OK, the Wizard I designed for my figure banks is now scheduled for my planned walking staff. Several issues tho. Apparently I printed the original on a different printer, because it doesn't print out the same size. An irritation, but resolvable with some work. Photo one.

The first big issue is deleting the background of the photo, so I can print it out on paper that will essentially vanish when glued to wood. I learned how to white the background out, but can't get the white smooth along the outline of the Wizard. Photo two. However, think I have this one solved by photographing the original Wizard against a white background. Photo three.

Now the biggie. I am wanting to change the color of the robes, beard, and moustache. Learned how, but not how to fill the space nicely. Photo four. Also, have changes made to the face, so will have nine different face available. So, going to have to print out nine Wizards, glue them to plywood, rout them out. Then be able to change colors, nicely, and neatly.

I understand Photoshop will do what I want, but at $30 a month with something I've never used, that will be a last choice for me.

Is there anyway I can do what I want for free? Yes, I know I can fill in the spaces, but when I do that it never comes out well.
Very strange, photos Three and Four got swapped, and I did not post them in that order. The original Woody Woodpecker background was white. Oh, for Pete's sake, Somehow all the pictures but the first are all mixed up. Bah. Humbug. Just sort it out, I'm not going to even try to correct them.
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Hey Theo

Paint.net is free.
Get paint.net
This image was edited with 4 clicks of the mouse.
You can also try gimp.
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Al has yur plan....

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Theo, I used the image in your post. It has a white background since jpg's cannot accommodate transparency. If you need the image with a transparent background, let me know what format you need.
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Boogalee - just tossed the woodpecker in to show how jagged the edges of the new background color, and what a pain it would be to smooth it. Found Gimp - all it did was confuse me. Found GetPaint too - think it will help, but still wading thru it.

Stick - who's Al?

Chuck - saw that first picture and went AACH, he's lost his tennis shoes. Then saw where you gave them back. The blue beard and 'stache actually look good, hadn't thought of blue, but will retain it for later. I will be saving that picture.

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Hello!

Practising with a few graphical freewares
IMHO:

"The Gimp" is the most powerful, but not easy to handle.
Lot of training stuff can be found on the net in order to learn using it.

"Krita" can also do the job ,and is a bit easier to handle...

Both are very powerful , they can handle transparency if needed, and functional for windows and for Linux systems.

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I like to use Illustrator for things like that but that's influenced by using it at work for years. The closest freeware that I've found is Inkscape. After vectorizing an image it can be resized much nicer and recolouring is a breeze.
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Theo , if you email me preferably as high a resolution pic as you can , I can play with it tonight .
I need to know what you prefer for colours in which areas also .

i sent you a PM

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