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					Introduction to GIMP
You can find GIMP here: http://www.gimp.org Note: Make sure to read the GIMP tutorial Google search at the bottom of this Introduction to GIMP. This link is full of tutorials. I will also add at the bottom of this Introduction to GIMP, other resources that I have found useful. To familiarize you with GIMP, I have created this walk through of GIMP’s main features.

Once you open GIMP, this is what you will see. It is called an Empty Image Window. It features the menu bar and keeps GIMP open when you have closed out of an application. You can drag and drop image files to open on the gray area.

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Utility Windows are your Toolbox and Docks. Here is what your toolbox looks like, you can move your toolbox around anywhere on the Empty Image Window, while working on a project. You can find it located on your taskbar at the bottom.

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Parts of the GIMP toolbox:

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Tools:

Here is a following list of the tools, located on the toolbar, appearing in order from left to right: First row: Rectangle Select Tool: select a rectangle region Keyboard Shortcut R

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab circled in red is the rectangle select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Ellipse Select Tool: Select an elliptical region

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You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the ellipse select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Free Select Tool: Select a hand-drawn region with free & polygonal segments F

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Free select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Fuzzy Select Tool: Select a contiguous region on the basis of color U

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Fuzzy select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Select by Color Tool: Select regions with similar colors Shift + O

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Select by Color Tool select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Scissors Select Tool: Select Tools shapes by using intelligent edge-fitting I

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Scissors Select Tool select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Foreground Select Tool: Select a region containing foreground objects.

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Foreground Select Tool select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Paths Tool: Create and edit paths

B

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Paths Tool select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Color Picker Tool: Set color by image pixels

O

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Color Picker Tool select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Zoom Tool: Adjust the zoom level

Z

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Zoom Tool select tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Second Row: left to right Measure Tool: measure distances and angles Shift + M

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Measure Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Move Tool: Move layers, selections and other objects

M

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Move Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Alignment Tool: Align or arrange layers or other objects

Q

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Alignment Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Crop Tool: Remove edge areas from image or layer

Shift + C

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Crop Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Rotate Tool: Rotate the layer, selection or path

Shift + R

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Rotate Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Scale Tool: Scale the layer, selection or path

Shift + T

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Scale Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Shear Tool: Shear the layer, selection or path

Shift + S

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Shear Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Perspective Tool: Change perspective of the layer, selection or path Shift + P

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Perspective Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Flip Tool: Reverse the layer, selection or path horizontally or vertically Shift + F

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Flip Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Text Tool: Create or edit text layers

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You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Text Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments. You will notice Font section, this is where you will change your font type.

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See illustrations below:

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Third Row: Bucket Fill Tool: Fill selected area with color or pattern Shift + B

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Bucket Fill Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Blend Tool: Fill selected area with a color gradient

L

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Bucket Fill Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Pencil Tool: Hard edge painting using a brush

N

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Pencil Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Paintbrush Tool: Paint smooth strokes using a brush

P

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Paintbrush Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Erase Tool: Erase to background or transparency using a brush Shift + E

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Erase Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Airbrush Tool: Paint with a brush, using variable pressure

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You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Airbrush Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Ink Tool: Calligraphy-style painting

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You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Ink Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Clone Tool: Selectively copy from an image or pattern, using a brush C

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Clone Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Heal Tool: Heal image irregularities

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You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Heal Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Perspective Clone Tool: Clone from an image source after applying a perspective transformation

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Perspective Clone Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Forth Row: Blur/Sharpen Tool: Selective blurring or un-blurring using a brush Shift + U

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Blur/Sharpen Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Smudge Tool: Smudge selectively using a brush

S

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Blur/Sharpen Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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Dodge/Burn Tool: Selectively lighten or darken using a brush Shift + D

You will notice that just below the tools and the color swatches, you will see two tabs. The first tab is the Dodge/Burn Tool tab; here you can make any necessary adjustments.

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The objects outlined in the orange box are your foreground and background colors section. Here you will be able to input hexadecimal or html codes for your own color choices. You may also, click on the tiny black and white box to reset your colors to the default black/white colors. Click one time on the foreground/background colors and it will open up this dialog box. Here is where you change your colors to paint, bucket fill, brushes, pencil, etc.

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Next on the toolbox is the active brush/active pattern tool.

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By clicking one time on the box it will open up the Active Brush dialog box.

From here you can change your brushes. In my next tutorial on creating a banner, I will show you how to change your brush and change the brush size, opacity and color. You can also download some Photoshop brushes to use in GIMP. I will go over that too in the next tutorial.

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Just to the right of the Active Brushes icon you will see the Active Pattern icon.

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One click on it will open up the Active Pattern dialog box.

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The last icon on that row is called the Active Image icon. If you have more than one image open, it shows the image that is active – the image you are editing.

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I will show you some examples of the Active Image icon.

See the icon has changed to the picture that you see on the Empty Image Window, which is now referred to the Active Image Window.

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In the example below, you will see the Active Image Dialog box with two images listed. This will show once you have selected an image or images to edit.

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Here is the example of the Active Image Dialog box. You will see that in the dialog box there are two different pictures listed. This is because I have two images open, but the one highlighted in blue is the active image or image to be edited.

Layers Dock: The last feature I wanted to show you before we start with creating a banner is how to open up the layers dialog box. Keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + L, or you can go to the menu bar>layer>new layer. I like to use the keyboard shortcut, because it gives you the ability to create a new layer, move layers up and down, or just delete a layer, or create a duplicate layer.

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The image below will show you the tools on the Layers Dialog box. Each tool has been outlined with a different color, to show you the function of each tool.

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Starting with the red outlined box, this icon is creating a new layer. Click one time on the icon and it will open a new dialog box, Creating a New Layer. I chose Transparency under the Layer Fill Type. Click Ok.

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This dialog box now shows you that a new transparent layer has been added to the layers dialog box. See the down arrow icon; it is now highlighted in green, indicating that you can move that layer down below the background. I will go into more detail in the next tutorial.

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The next set of icons outlined in green, allows you to move the layers up and down. Note: you must click on the layer to highlight the layer you want to move. Then click on the up arrow or down arrow to move the layer. The icon outlined in yellow is the duplicate a layer, meaning whatever layer you have highlighted will produce an exact duplicate of that layer. The icon outlined in brown is the anchor layer, it anchors the floating layer onto-think of as gluing it to the next layer. The last icon outlined in purple is the delete layer. It will delete whatever layer you have highlighted at the time. Lastly, I wanted to note that as I walked you through each tool, icon or dialog box, I did not go into detail on how to make adjustments. Most are pretty self explanatory, if you need further assistance, you can use Google to search for the particular item or do a YouTube search for a video. Just make sure in the title search you use GIMP in there some where. Sometimes you may not find a GIMP tutorial, but you see a Photoshop tutorial, they work just about the same way. I have on occasion watched a YouTube Photoshop video on a particular editing function and applied it to GIMP, they are that similar.

Resources:
http://docs.gimp.org/2.6/en/ - this is a great resource. You should spend time familiarizing yourself with this document.

YouTube search for GIMP tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query =GIMP+tutorials&search_sort=relevance&search_category=0&page= Google search for GIMP tutorials: http://www.google.com/search?q=GIMP+tutorials&ie=utf-8&oe=utf8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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If you have a Flickr account, you can do a group search for GIMP and you will find many groups to join. I believe there is a GIMP for beginners group. They are an amazing group; you will find valuable sources for editing photos.

Google search for adding brushes to GIMP tutorials: http://www.google.com/search?q=adding+brushes+to+GIMP+tutorials&ie= utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a YouTube search for adding brushes to GIMP tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=search_videos&search_query =adding+brushes+to+GIMP+tutorials&search_sort=relevance&search_categ ory=0&page Google search for adding fonts to GIMP tutorials: http://www.google.com/search?q=adding+fonts+to+GIMP+tutorials&ie=utf -8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a YouTube search for adding fonts to GIMP tutorials: http://www.google.com/search?q=adding+fonts+to+GIMP+tutorials&ie=utf -8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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