GIMP Beginner's Guide

Here you will learn the basics and how to use GIMP, how to do basic image manipulation operations, such as: create a image, add and edit an image, paint, pick and add colors, scale an image, add text, add layers, and more...

Create a new image / add and edit an image

To create a new image go to File > New > set the image size (Width - Height) > OK. To add an image go to File > Open > Search for the image in your computer > OK. To edit an image, select a tool from the upper left corner and start editing.

The Toolbox

In the left upper side of the software you will find the Toolbox, which is a panel with different tools that you can use to edit and manipulate images in the editor. To start painting, you need to select a painting tool, such as, the Pencil, the Paintbrush or the Airbrush Tool. After you have selected a painting tool, you will see different options for that tool in the Tool Options panel under the Toolbox, in this panel you can change the painting mode, the brush type, the opacity, the size, and more.

Pick and add colors

Between the Toolbox and the Tool Options panel, there are two rectangles, by default one black (foreground) and one white (background), if you select one of them by pressing the LMB, it will open the color selection panel, in here you can select the color for your painting tool.

Scale an image

In the menu bar go to Image > Scale Image > Type the Height and the Width > Scale. Important! Do not use the Scale tool to scale an image, it will not provide the same result, the scale tool is used to scale the layer, the path or the selection, not the whole image.

Add text

Select the Text tool from the Toolbox, draw a rectangular shape on your image and type a text, edit the size, font, color, etc. in the Tool options panel. The text is added as a layer on your image, so if you edit the image the text will not be affected by your changes, to edit the text select the layer from the right upper side of the software in the Layers panel.


This was just a basic guide on Gimp, if you want to study and learn more about this image editor, here is the page to do that Gimp Tutorials & How To's (With Pictures & Video) - from this page you can browse all the Gimp articles published on edvog.com

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