Gimp’s view menu includes commands that affect visibility and appearance of images and the Gimp interface.
The new view command creates a new window, or tab, allowing you to view the same image multiple ways (different zoom sizes, etc.)
Note that each view is still of the same images; changes to one view will be made in the other views, whether or not that part of the image is in focus at the time or not.
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Gimp’s Edit Menu is full of both the standard options found in edit menus, and commands unique to image-editing.
Since many of these options are very helpful, it’s a good idea to at least browse through the options available, in hopes of recalling them later when they are most needed.
Today’s post is an overview of the commands found on the edit menu.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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