How to Fill-in Pieces with Color Using Gimp 

  1. Zoom in so you can see what you’re doing better.  At the bottom of the window, increase the percentage
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  3. Click on the wand AKA Fuzzy Select Tool
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  5. Find the Tool Options.  Play around with the settings, clicking the part of the image you’re trying to select in between each adjustment
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    • Here, I mostly pay attention to Feather edgesRadius.  To smooth out the edges a big and create a less jagged, pixelated line.  And Threshold, which determines how much of an area to select or grab.
      1. Play around with these two a bit until you’ve found the selection that’s right for what you’re trying to do.
        • Make an adjustment to Feather edges, Radius, or Threshold; then click on the part of the image you’d like to select.
        • Make another adjustment, click the image again.
    • My goal for the butterfly is to color the wings, leaving as little white as possible inside them.
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      1. Too much white is left between my selection and the black border.
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      3. The selection toolbar shows me that my lines are pretty jagged
      4. I’ve settled on these settings for now:
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  7. Select the paint can, AKA the Bucket Fill Tool
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  9. Double-click the Foreground color to change it
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    • Side note: when I want to grab a specific color off a website, I use Google Chrome’s ColorZilla extension
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  11. After using ColorZilla to Pick Color from Page, highlight the text in the HTML notation field – right-clickPaste (remove the #) – Click OK
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  13. Click inside the selected area you would like to color
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