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Monday, October 11, 2010

Video tutorial: GIMP 2.3 User Interface

Hi there and welcome to my GIMP tutorial. In this tutorial, I will work through the user interface of the GIMP and the goal is to make you understand enough of the user interface so that you can explore GIMP all by yourself. And to get started we have the tip of the day, nothing complicated, just read ... I will just close this down. And if you haven't missed too much of GIMP, you will get 2 windows when you start it and you will have a main window which is the window with the tools in it, and if you close down this window, all other windows in GIMP will be closed. And you will also get a DOCK window. And I will concentrate on the DOCK window first. And a DOCK is made up of dialogue and a dialogue is anything from a LAYERS dialogue or a CHANNELS dialogue or a PATHS dialogue. And down here we have the BRUSHES dialogue and the PATTERNS dialogue and so on. And all of these dialogue can be rearranged in anyway you like. We can move down under it down to these palletes or we can move out the LAYERS pallettes by just dragging it out here which create a new DOCK for us. And you can place these pallettes into the new DOCK and you can place these Dialogues and you can place these PATTERNS into the new DOCK and you can arrange all these dialogues on top and under each other. You can drag this LAYERS dialogue here which will create a new row or drag this dialogue into this new DOCK and you can resize this in the normal way.

So basically you can customize these dialogues into very different ways, but I tend to keep all my dialogues in a single DOCK because that works great for me. And then you will ask, where can we find all the dialogues and one good place for doing that is in the main window under FILE > DIALOGUES. Here you will find all the dialogues available in the GIMP and you can for instance bring forward the COLORS dialogue. And this is usually where I grab my LAYERS and you can also grab them from these little buttons here. Click ADD TAB and you will have all of these dialogues here and you will find out that most of those features of GIMP can be accessed in several ways and these are the ways I usually get myself the new dialogues.

You can also use preconfigured DOCKS from FILE > DIALOGS > CREATE NEW DOCK and here you have LAYERS, CHANNELS and PATHS DOCK which is pre-made for you.

Well, I hope that covers the Dialogs and DOCKS port and we will move on to the tools of GIMP. And by default you have all the tools in the main window and you have a TOOLS OPTION dialog. I will move this out, and you can see that it is a normal dialog. It is good to have it here because it is more of less standard. And the TOOLS option contains all of the options for the selected tool. For instance if I select the RECTANGLE tool, select, I get all of these options here. Next I select the PEN tool and I get the PEN tool options. And this is basically the way you adjust the behavior of these different tools. For instance if we take the PAINTBRUSH tool here, you can change the brush you wish to use, or you can change the OPACITY of it and so on. You can go through the various tools here and see what options you have for the tools.

And another thing that is important to know is that the dialogs works on the current image so if I bring forward the LAYERS dialog for instance I create a new image and I create another image and I paint a little bit on a random image I create this one here, and I select the PAINTBRUSH tool. Then you can see that when I change image here the UNDO history for instance, get updated and the LAYERS dialog get updated, so keep in mind that the information that the different dialogs displayed are for the active image. And you will also note that there is a menu on all image windows. And these menu like the FILE menu mostly have the same thing that the main window have, so this is another example of duplicate things to reach them. You can also bring forward a very useful menu when you you have an image, you can maximize this, but now I can't because I have a little trigger now, but I can bring forth a menu by right-clicking on a canvas. And from here I can reach all of the interesting options as well.

So if you keep all those separated you can have dialogs, you have docks, and you have tools, and you have images. Once you grasps that, you will be able to explore GIMP more easily and find out all the awesome stuff that you can do with it. So good luck with exploring and thank you for thank you for watching.

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