Day 9 – Video Blogging Challenge

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:


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 – it’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

We cover the seven most important tools today:

  • RotatingScaling
  • Scaling
  • Flipping
  • Cropping
  • Cutting
  • Reducing
  • Saving

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.

Reducing Tool

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.

Saving Tool

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,

– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. I have not heard of Gimp before Bonnie. However, it’s great to know that there are alternatives that are even better than the common ones we sometimes take for granted. I will bookmark this in case I require it as I have a project in mind. Thanks for sharing! :) <3

    • You are quite welcome, Elly. Gimp has been around for, I believe, since 2007 or thereabouts. It’s upgraded from several versions and 2.8 is the most stable one to date.

      When you get a chance to play around inside the program, I think you’ll come to like it fairly quickly. Let me know how it goes!

      What kind of project is on the horizon, if I may ask?
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  2. I never heard of Gimp before tonight. It looked interesting. I think it would be a great tool for making posters or promotions for my business. I’ll have to download it and get more comfortable with it – try it out – along with your tutorial!

    • Gimp is a versatile image program, but easier to use than Photoshop. You can’t beat the FREE price tag, either! :)

      So glad you know about it now because it would be perfect for creating posters and promotional material for your business.

      Thanks for stopping by, Amy!
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  3. Am bookmarking this for reference. This was wonderfully done…thanks for the tips, Bonnie.

  4. I recall trying to use Gimp years ago as a Photoshop substitute. The fact that it was free was the major appeal. I simply could not get the hang of it.

  5. This is definitely going on my list of things to learn. I had gimp on my old computer, but I gave up on it. I use and it’s very limited, but it was easy for me to learn. The Gimp tutorials will help a lot. And I really would love to learn how to do ebook covers. :) Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  6. I know GIMP is a brilliant free substitute for Photoshop, I’ve just never given it a chance and didn’t take to it when I tried. You make it sound pretty doable. Might be time to give it another whirl.

  7. Good intro Bonnie. I don’t know if anyone else thinks like I do, but what throws me off with programs like these are all the bells and whistles.

    There are so many features and functions that you don’t know what to use or how. I prefer Gimp over Photoshop and can manage it much easier.

    • You are correct; there are too many bells and whistles in some of the programs, but when these programs first came out they had fewer features and it was easier to learn them.

      As developers continued to make the products better, they added more bells and whistles, which makes the learning curve much harder for someone just starting out with them versus a person that used the program since day one.

  8. Interesting. I’ve never heard of Gimp. I have Paint Shop Pro on my laptop but no image editing software on my computer (yet) except Paint, which does the minimal stuff. I may have to check this out for my image editing. I could never get my head around Photoshop.

    Thanks for another great tutorial.

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