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Today is day nine of the video blogging challenge, and I explain how to use the seven most important tools inside of Gimp.
I include a video and text; use the method of learning that suits you the best.
Watch the Video:
Day 9 – Video Blogging Challenge from Bonnie Gean
Originally, I wanted to offer a video to show you how to create a Kindle book cover, but then I realized that you needed to know how to use Gimp, which is why I am sharing this video first.
What is Gimp?
Gimp is a software program that’s quite similar to Photoshop, but without the high price tag, and you can learn to use it quite effectively to produce any graphic file you need for your online business.
Feel free to download the program from http://www.Gimp.org – it’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
We cover the seven most important tools today:
Import an Image
On the top menu, choose File >> Open and choose the image you want to work with from a directory on your hard drive. The type of image doesn’t matter as long as you having a picture to work with so you can get the hang of using Gimp.
Working with the Tools
Rotating Tool (Shift + R)
Click on your image to display a working grid. You can use the arrow keys inside the box to rotate the image or the slider bar. Either one does the job. One the image is rotated, click the “Rotate” button to keep the rotation.
Scaling Tool (Shift + T)
A scale box will open and allow you to type the width and height directly into the boxes, or you can use any of the bounding boxes surrounding the image to resize the image.
You can use the grid handles to change the dimensions of your image, but be careful that you do it symmetrically; otherwise, your image will look squished.
Once you the image is scaled, click the “Scale” button to keep the dimensions.
Flipping Tools (Shift + F)
You can flip images vertically or horizontally. Once you choose (under the tool options box), click your image to see the flipping action take place.
This feature comes in handy when you want to add a reflection underneath text or images.
Cropping Tool (Shift + C)
The cropping tool allows you to highlight a section of the image and delete the remainder of the layer from it. Cropping comes in handy if you want to use a portion of one image to paste into a different project.
Once you activate the cropping tool, click on the image and drag the mouse around the area you want to crop from the rest of the picture. Once you have the selection made, double click inside the bounding box and the cropping takes place.
Cutting Tool (Letter B on Keyboard)
The cutting tool is a fancy way to create new paths within your image so you can cut out specific areas of the image to manipulate. This tool comes in handy when you want to remove an object from the background.
Click around the part of your image you want to cut out. Click several times around the marker until you eventually get back to the very first path marker you placed on the canvas.
Once you get to the beginning path marker, the selection will close. Hit (Shift + V) to select from the path and then click CTRL + I to invert the selection. Lastly, hit the Delete button on the keyboard to remove everything from the canvas except your cut out.
This step takes place when you want to export an image from Gimp and save it as an image file to use elsewhere. During the save function, you will get the option to click and preview the image and the appropriate file size.
HINT: Using the slider bar, you can reduce the amount of colors, which ultimately reduces the file size too.
If you want to save the working file, use the Gimp XCF extension. I show you exactly how to do that so you can reopen the Gimp and use it with different projects.
You learned how to use the seven most important tools inside of Gimp!
What is your confidence level right now? Do you think Gimp is easier to use than you originally thought? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Thanks for reading,
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