I am new to inkscape and was hoping someone can give me a step by step to remove background in a picture.


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    Inkscape is a vector graphics program. Removing the background of a piece of vector graphics is very likely possible by redefining which is opaque and making boolean operations. Removing a background from a photo needs mask drawing with the pen. In some cases tracing can generate the needed mask. By using a bitmap graphics program one can use several tools for masking and erasing areas in photos. You should show a couple of images which you want to process. – user287001 May 13 '19 at 15:55
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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. What kind of picture is it? Can we see an example of what you are trying to acheive? Please edit your question to clarify. If it's a raster image, then Inkscape probably isn't the right kind of software for that task, unless you want a vector clipping path/mask. – Billy Kerr May 13 '19 at 16:32

Inkscape is not the right tool for removing a background from a raster graphic (PNG, JPG, BMP, etc). Inkscape is for editing vector graphics, specifically SVG files.

If you are trying to remove a background from a raster graphic (which it sounds like you are), you can use GIMP for that. GIMP is free/open source like Inkscape.

Note: If you are trying to remove a background from an SVG file, Inkscape can do that. Simply select and delete the background object, or change the document background color (File > Document Properties). The background might be grouped with another object or on another layer.

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