Image selections are “frames”, characterized by animated dotted lines, that can be used as guidelines to create content or edit the content inside the selected area.
Gimp offers a combination of seven different tools that make selection quick, painless, and precise.
You may remember that I already broke down the basic purpose, or description/use, of each tool in a previous lesson, but there is much more to learn about the use of each tool.
Let’s begin with a recap of the available selection tools, along with a few more of their capabilities.
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Paths made via the path tool use Bézier-curves to allow you to make elaborate designs.
Paths can either be “stroked” (have styles applied along the paths) or they can be used as a method of selection (in place of the rectangular/ellipse/free/fuzzy/foreground/color/scissors select options).
Paths are deceptively easy to use, and quite useful, so they are today’s subject of choice. Let’s jump right in!
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Gimp’s four basic paint tools — pencil, paintbrush, airbrush and the ink tool — are lumped together in a category that also includes the bucket fill, gradient, eraser, clone, perspective clone, heal, convolve, smudge, and dodge/burn tools.
These all work together in similar ways to draw, paint, and/or similarly modify an image.
You may remember that I already broke down the basic purpose, or description/use, of each tool in a previous lesson Exploring the Gimp Toolbox, so this time we’ll focus on the paint tool options, shortcuts, etc.
Continue reading “Using Gimp’s Paint Tools, With Options”
Text and images are pretty much polar opposites, but quite often they intersect — usually in the form of text being used in images.
This necessitates a features that all image-editing programs seem to share — the text tool.
Gimp’s text tool is much like any other standard image editor’s text tool, but we’ll cover it today in some detail.
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Solid colors are all very well and good, but a little variety is nice, too.
Gradients and patterns can add that variety. They can also add too much variety, but used wisely, they can be just right.
Palettes and colormaps are useful additions to the party, so we’ll cover the basics of all these in this lesson.
Continue reading “Coloring in Gimp Part 3 – Gradients, Patterns, & Palettes”
In Gimp’s main menu is a “Colors” drop-down with 20+ options that we will briefly explore in this second part of Coloring in Gimp.
The first nine entries in the color menu are a variety of color tools that can also be found under Tools > Color Tools and as options that can be added to the toolbox.
The remaining entries are no less useful and/or interesting.
Continue reading “Coloring in Gimp Part 2 – Color Tools + The Colors Menu”
The color selection dialog includes a number of different modes for color-selection.
Its features and functionality are standard but wide-ranging, so you can use what works best for you each time you pick a new color.
Continue reading “Coloring in Gimp Part 1 – The Color Selection Dialog”
The Gimp toolbox is a window (or dock) featuring multiple icons, each of which are tools that perform tasks in Gimp.
A basic understanding of each tool is necessary to fully utilize the functionality that Gimp has to offer.
But first, let’s give an honorable mention to the toolbar spaces above and below the cluster of tool icons.
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Customizations and preferences are, of course, my priority when working with any new application.
Even in the cases that I do not yet know my preferences, I like to know what options are available to be customized as I go.
To that end, let’s go through some basics of how Gimp is set up — vs. how it can be set up — along with some of the operational aspects.
Continue reading “Using Gimp – A Beginner’s Primer”
Gimp is an acronym for the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
It is a free, open source raster image editor available on multiple operating platforms (Windows, Linux, OS X, etc.)
Gimp features a customizable interface, photo enhancement and digital retouching features, as well as support for multiple hardware devices and file formats.
It is expandable by way of plugins and extensions that can be added or created via its scripting interface.
As a cross-platform image-editor, Gimp is unparalleled.
Continue reading “An Introduction to Gimp”