Fan Art: Help with making a sig

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  1. Dinobot747

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    I decided that I am going to take a whack at designing my own sig. However, I've come on a stumbling block. See, I want to make something kinda like the sig below (made by TheDemonDzko by my request), as in a background with a character in front. Problem is, I'm not sure how to cut a picture (in this case, Shockwave) out. The only method I know if is going to Paint, going to free-form selection, and cutting away pieces, bit by bit. Is there a downloadable program of some kind that can ease this process? Or some other method that I don't know about? Sorry if this is unclear, I will try to explain better if requested.
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    For example: Let's say I wanted this picture without all the white surrounding it so I can place it over a background without it having an ugly frame around it.
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    Again, tell me if I'm under-explaining (or over-explaining, as I have a tendency to do that). And thanks in advance to anyone who can help out.
     
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    step 1: have photoshop (if you don't already)

    step 2: select magic wand tool

    step 3: click on white space around Shockwave (while he's on another layer and the background is underneath him)

    step 4: press "delete"

    EDIT: screencap tutorial:
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    once you're done with that, just press Ctrl+D to get rid of the dotted lines
     
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    Thanks for the help, but is there a way without having to spend $100 on Photoshop?
     
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    legally, no
     
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    Dang. So is there no other (free) software that could do this?
     
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    probably GIMP. i don't know exactly what tools it has since i don't use it
     
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    Ømnidrive Stop.....think......fart.....and keep on going

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    Like he said GIMP or Paint it's how I make mine not as good but none the less it gets the job done.
     
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    Yeah, the computers at my school have GIMP, but I can't figure out how to accomplish what I want to do. It's getting frustrating.
     
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    Not to sound like a jerk, but I simply googled "GIMP tutorials" and found this.
    GIMP - Tutorials

    Not 100% sure, but the "quickmask" or things like that seems like it might do the job.

    I know you just want someone to tell you the magic button, but I have learned best by messing around in programs to see what they can do, and how they do it. nothings more frustrating knowing a program can do something and you can't find "the button" to do it. And learning the ins and outs of one program doesn't mean nothing will translate to other programs. You can start to get a feel for how programs are set up, and it makes it easier to navigate. Also, check out video tutorials. then you can see what is being done in real time.
     
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    Already found that a couple days back. Didn't help me at all. Thanks for trying, though.
     
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