GIMP basics: Best tips and tricks for beginners

    GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), like so many different open supply applications, began out as a scholar challenge on the University of California, Berkeley. It was developed by Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis in 1995, and the primary model (0.54) was launched in 1996.

    As of the present model (2.10) GIMP has matured into a really unbelievable photo-editing program. It’s not as advanced as Photoshop, nevertheless it’s not as primary as PC Paint both. It rivals all the highest canine available on the market right now. Best of all, it’s free!

    If you’re coming at GIMP by means of Photoshop, nonetheless, you might be annoyed by the a number of the variations. Here are a couple of person tricks to get you began, whether or not you are a rookie or a professional.

    Tip 1: Read the tutorials

    Who has time to learn the tutorials? Photoshop, Paintshop Pro, or Corel Paint customers will find yourself saving a while in the event that they do, as a result of GIMP’s menus are very completely different. There are over a dozen tutorials on the GIMP Tutorials page on the web site. While I counsel you to overview all of them, these two (together with one from one other web site) will get you began: 

    Tip 2: Reassign the shortcut keys

    If Photoshop and its keyboard shortcuts are a part of your muscle reminiscence, you’ll be able to reassign the GIMP shortcut keys to match Photoshop’s. To remap your keyboard shortcuts in GIMP, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, and the Configure Keyboard Shortcuts dialog window opens. Follow the directions beside the lightbulb on the backside of the window, then click on Save.

    GIMP provides the brand new reassigned shortcut to the right GIMP menus, so you’ll be able to all the time see what they’re. Notice that a number of the shortcut keys are the identical in each applications equivalent to Copy, Cut, Paste, and many others.—a CUA (Common User Access) customary that also applies.

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    Reassign GIMP shortcut keys to match Photoshop

    Tips 3 & 4: Selection and Transform instruments

    Looking for the Pointer instrument (that strikes objects) or the Hand instrument (that strikes the picture round contained in the lively window),  like in Photoshop? Sorry. There isn’t any Hand instrument in GIMP, and don’t search for the Pointer/Move instrument within the Selection menus. The Move instrument is in Tools >  >Transform Tools > Move

    Use a Selection instrument (Tools > Selection Tools) to attract a circle, rectangle, or sq.; or use the Free Select instrument (Tools > Selection Tools > Free Select) to stipulate an current object.

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