Gimp’s View Menu

Gimp’s view menu includes commands that affect visibility and appearance of images and the Gimp interface.

New View

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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Using Gimp’s Selection Tools and Menu

Gimp Mascot WilberImage 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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Using Paths in Gimp

Gimp PathsPaths 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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Using Gimp’s Paint Tools, With Options

Gimp Paint ToolsGimp’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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Coloring in Gimp Part 2 – Color Tools + The Colors Menu

Gimp Menu ColorsIn 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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