Removing white areas of an image from around part of the image

How to remove the white areas around the wooden cross which is an image. The whole thing is an image

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I can think of two ways.

Carefully mark the 4 white areas around the cross (one at a time) and cut the white areas out.  Then cut the top, bottom and sides out. This leaves just the cross.

OR, cut the cross carefully into 3 pieces, paste into a new document and re-assemble.
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
Hi Nick,
I presume you mean that you want the white background to be transparent. Is the attached what you're looking for? Btw, did that with GIMP. Regards, Joe

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
is this what you are looking for?cross
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nickg5Author Commented:
Joe: no I wanted the white areas around the cross to be edited out. John's cropping can likely do that.
Paul: maybe yes if the pastor approves it and I won't be able to ask until Tuesday morning. I'm sure the color blue won't work for them and from what I know about them black is the likely color for the word - except the cross.
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
An image must be on something. That something is called the background or canvas. The way to "edit out" the background is to make it transparent. Here is the cross with the transparent background (that I posted earlier) on a Word doc:

cross transparent background
Note that the seemingly white background is not really is gone...not there...edited out. The image setting in Word is "In Front of Text", but the text still appears where the seemingly white background is...because it is transparent.

Btw, here's what it looks like when the background is white:

Regards, Joe
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
black text
nickg5Author Commented:
..................I presume you mean that you want the white background to be transparent.........
Yes Joe but that image (cross-with-background-transparency.png) looks like the photo I posted initially.

Yes where the fonts can be adjusted (since yours are larger than the sample I have) so that the C does not get lost due to the size of the cross, and definitely not behind the cross since then the C is hard to see.

The pastor said they pretty much had to go with black and white. I think (99.9%) that he thought I was referring to the bulletin for "colors of the cross and C. Then he understood no it was the business card where colors can enhance.
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
> that image (cross-with-background-transparency.png) looks like the photo I posted initially

But it is very different! Yours has the white background and that white background will block other content, as shown in the second screenshot in my previous post. Mine has a transparent background, so the "white" parts will not block other content, as shown in the first screenshot in my previous post. It's as if the white parts are gone...not there..."edited out", to use your term for it. Regards, Joe
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
i used GIMP to create the image - 1 layer for the cross, one layer for the text

you need an image editor that supports layers to modify the size of the text layer and the cross layer and to correctly realign them

i would suggest using
nickg5Author Commented:
Pastor is using Power Point which I know zero about and he has never used Paint. Neither of us has ever used GIMP.
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
simply add the images to PP then adjust size and alignment
Joe WinogradDeveloperCommented:
> Pastor is using Power Point

PowerPoint will behave the same as Word, as I showed above. Here's a demo of that with PP:

PowerPoint transparency
Regards, Joe
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