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Gimp Help

(especially for MCC students)



Opening and Saving Images
Opening and saving images in Gimp for windows can be a little tricky if you are using removable media.
First off, you need to know what drive letter you are using. You may need to check out "my computer" on the desktop to be sure, but the following are typical for mesa community college
  • a:\ for the 3.5" floppy drive
  • d:\ for the CDROM drive
  • e:\ should be your USB memory stick
  • f:\ could be your USB memory stick if you have a sandisk U3 model
Accessing the C:\ and other harddrives is usually quite easy, but by default C:\ is actually C:\Program Files\Common Files\GTK\1.3\bin so you need to double click on the ..\ in the directories window several times to get all the way back up to just c:\

To Open a file, go to "file" "open" in the main Gimp tool window. Unfortunately, none of the removable drive letters will show as an option, so in the Selection dialog box at the bottom type something like
a:\ and then hit [enter]
A list of available files will now show up, click and choose what you want to load.

Saving a file is very similar. You can right click inside of the image you have created, and then go to File then save as (or save) and then type
a:\filename.jpg (or .gif or .png etc etc)

General Use of Gimp Tools
Scanning Images
Resizing Images
Cutting and Pasting
  • Intelligent scissors
    1. click your way around your selection
    2. when you get to the first point you set, click on it
    3. Now you can move the various points to make them fit better
    4. When done, click inside your selection to activate it
  • Quick Masks (button in lower left corner)
Making Background Images
Making an Image Map
Shortcuts to make Logos and Buttons
Making Transparent Backgrounds
Options for Adjusting Color etc.
Special Effects