The Color and Fuzzy Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to be covering some additional items in our toolbox up here namely the fuzzy select tool and the color select tool.

fuzzy and color select tool

Now, the fuzzy select tool, a lot of different programs have called them “magic wand” mainly because it looks like a magic wand. But these two tools are similar in that they select based on the color. Now, the big difference between the two is that the fuzzy select, this selects based on the continual colors.  In other words, if you’ve got three or four red circles on your palette and those red circles are not touching one another, then it will only select those circles that you touch whereas with the color select tool, it will select all the circles of the same color. Let me kind of give you a demonstration here. Let me open up a little ice-cream cone here.

fuzzy and color select tool

Now over here where you make a selection, over here on the right side you can see a preview of the selection of the images. This is my cone here. I’m going to open that up. And let me kind of throw this out here as well. This red and we’re going to go here and here. Now these are the ice creams that have fallen off my ice cream cone. Yeah that’s it. Yeah that’s my story. Okay, so back to the magic wand. Now remember, this one covers the continuous. So we will then select this. You see it did not select these two of the same color. now, the threshold down here, if we were to increase this threshold let’s say this one here that is continuous that it had different variations  of the color red then the lower the threshold the more selective this tool will be. Whereas if we increase the threshold, those colors that are continuous, it may also select the light red, the dark red, and the medium red as long as the or again our select are continuous. Let me back out this guy here. Whereas the color select tool, it will select all of these that are red.

fuzzy and select tool

For example, there. You can see the little marching ants here, here, and here. And again whether it’s continuous or not. Again that’s the big difference between the color select and the magic wand is that the magic wand will only select those that are continuous or touching one another. The color select, anything on the image or palette that is of that color. Now the threshold, if you increase the threshold then it would select variations of color red if that’s what we’ve chose here. So again, that’s just a little sample of what we can do with the color select and fuzzy select tools. So I’m sure again in later videos, we’ll show you some of the application that this can be used with. But for the time-being, I just want to get you familiarized with the different functions of these additional tools. Thanks very much for watching and have a great day!

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The Zoom Tool

 Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to introduce you to the magnification or zoom tool. And a quick shortcut to get to this is you can hit Z, the letter Z as in zebra, on your keyboard.

zoom tool

That leads yo to the same spot we are now. As you can see down here on our dialog box, there’s not a whole lot of options to choose from. As you probably already familiar with magnification tool, you’re gonna zoom in or you’re zoom out and not a whole lot of a in between.

zoom tool

Now we’ve got the auto-resize window and you get to zoom in radio button and you zoom out radio button. So let’s go ahead over here. Zoom in, make the image larger. Now if we hit our control button on our keyboard we can also toggle back and forth between those two functions.

zoom tool

And another is we go up here to the toolbar or the menu bar up here and under view, put on the zoom menu. As you can see, we’ve got some exact options here. They are not made of a little over under the dialog section. Go back here. So you can zoom in, zoom out, you can fit image to window,  and  you can increase the size. Two to one or two-hundred percent and so on. So that’s just a quick overview of our magnification tool. There’s not a whole lot to it but hopefully you learned something out of this and I wanna thank you very much for watching our video.

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The Foreground Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. And on this video, we’re going to be touching base on probably our last select tool up here on our toolbox. This one is called the Foreground Select Tool and since I’ve already got us selected this are the options or additional functions that accompany the foreground select tool.

foreground select tool

And for the sake of this demonstration, we’re going to leave the feather edges off, the contiguous unchecked as well, and this is the default the mark foreground and the small brush these are the defaults right about in here. I’m going to go ahead and keep it closer to the small brush but not only works to dinky but I’ll show you here in a second why. Then the smoothing, this basically default right here is number three. You get much higher then it affects adversely some of the accuracy of what we will be extracting because what this foreground select tool does basically is it allows you to extract the foreground from the active layer or, in this case, from the selected item. The other items here too, the preview color, you have three.  No big deal, these are really irrelevant so just leave it or whatever it is setup as. The color sensitivity, I just opened that up just to take a look at it. I would leave that again. I’ll just leave that alone and whatever it is defaulted at.

foreground select tool

So let’s go ahead and open up an image. Let’s get this zebra guy out of there. So now then, as you can see with the foreground select tool, close to my mouse pointer we got the little what looks like a lariat just like this guy here. And we don’t have to be accurate at all. Just kind of select around the item we want to extract. I’m not going to go all the way back to the beginning. Just for demonstration purpose, I’m going to let off my mouse button now and it finds the beginning point itself but it does so on a straight line. Be aware of that. Just make sure you’ve got it out here. Of course, it would have been easier for me and better for me actually to go up this way but for demonstration purposes here we go.

foreground select tool

Now after we’ve done the selection, it gives the paint brush. You can kind of see that there a little bit just below my pointer’s paintbrush. What we want to do is just run the paint brush down the item we’re going to be selecting and again we’re just highlighting it. We’re not trying to fill in all, just letting the tool know what we want to extract. Not to grasp but this item right here, the zebra. Striped donkey. As you can see, there’s some blue right in here and what we’re going to do because we copy this out now or extract this out now then this will be basically invisible spots or holes in our selected item. So we can kind of eliminate that a little bit by saw the paint brush in here. Just painting over these items here. Nothing exact here then let the tool do its thing and it brings him up. Okay cool.

foreground select tool

Now you see we got some extra garbage up here and down here and it’s not perfect down here. Let’s go and add a little bit more of its leg here. That’s cool. We get a little bit more here. You can see as we do this, it’s adding more and more garbage that won’t need to be cleaned up what we background or the images we place this guy on. But I’m happy with this for the time being. So I’m going to click my enter button and you see all the marching ants, well we’ve got it selected now. You can use the control keys on our keyboard or we can right-click and go to our edit function. You can use the copy, cut, paste, or whatever. We’re going to go ahead and use the and this are the control functions on our keyboard we could use in place of what we’re doing now but I’m using the mouse.

foreground select tool

So let’s just go ahead and cut this guy out of here and let’s open up another image to paste him onto. What have we got? Yes, the desert. We’ll really freak this donkey out. Anywhere you paste him on here; just right-click, edit, and again we can use the control V like “Victor” on our keyboard or just use this here. Now we paste him on here. You can see all the garbage up here. Now what we want to do is we want to clean that up a little bit and do so while these items are still selected. So while it’s still selected, go over here to the erase button or erase tool and just already erasing our way. And the reason why you want to do it while it is selected because then the background of this image being pasted onto shows up versus erasing the entire background as well. Let me show you what I’m talking about here. Of course, you can spend time cleaning that up. Okay so we are going to deselect this guy now. So now it’s deselected, now screw over here the eraser tool and I’ll show you what I was talking about. You can see that it is erasing the background of the image as well. It’s pretty close because I’ve chose the background color to match this background as closely as possible. But so it’s kind of scurry. Again do the clean the app or the erasing while it is still selected. And there you have it. Now we can go over here to the move tool. I’m going to hit my control Z because you can always hit the control Z and go back and finish up your cleaning and everything.

foreground select tool

But now I’m going to move this guy over here to the side and kind of down a little bit. This way it looks… Yeah there you go. Go back up here and select my foreground tool and my mouse button deselect them. Now that is one scared-looking donkey. He’s wondering, “What the heck am I doing at the desert here now?” Hey, that’s just our quick introduction to the Foreground Select Tool. Hope you learned something from this video and the old imagination used are flowing on us on how you can this particular tool as well. And that pretty much brings to a close the videos on the selection tools. Next, we’re going to get in to some additional tools here and show you how those functions can help you with your Gimp. Thank you very much for watching. Have a great day!

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The Freehand Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the GIMP. On this segment, we’ll be continuing our discussion on the select tools.

freehand select tool

These are the first six items on this top row here because this last one here as I mentioned is the Paths Tool. We’ve already touched a little bit on these two selection tools. And this one is similar to these in that again it is a selection tool but it’s more of a freehand. So if you did not want to limit yourself to an ellipse or circle, or rectangle, or square, then you can select this and go freehand.

freehand select tool

And just like we have here. Now, one thing I wanted to mention too and if you’ll notice over here under the modes, this is something you can also do with the ellipse and the rectangle select tools. But if you hold down your shift key, you can watch the modes here. This is the add to the selection. So you can see we can add here and hold down your control key and see it says subtraction. We subtract from our select tool. And again, that same thing can take place with the rectangle, as I hold down my shift key and my control key.

freehand select tool

See this one, the control key subtracted and the shift key added. You can do the same thing with the ellipse tool here. But I just want to briefly touch base the difference between the freehand select tool, and the ellipse, and the rectangle select tool and that if you use your control key and your shift key on your keyboard, you can also adjust the mode of your selection tools.

Then again, it’s just a brief overview of these first three select tools mainly the freehand select tool. That’s pretty much it. Thank you very much for watching this video and hope you learned something. Have a great day!

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The Scissors Select Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. On this video, we’re going to be going over another select tool up here in our toolbox. This is going to be our “Scissors Select Tool” and it’s a little bit different than these other select tools in that it gives you a little more flexibility to the area that you are selecting. But aside from that is you can see it has its similarities too. We can feather the edges, antialiasing, and the different modes where you can add or subtract on the selected areas. But this one does so by connecting the dots so to speak.

scissors select tool

So let’s go and get started here by cutting out and manipulating the area around our little spilled ice cream if you will. So there’s our first dot and the second. As you can see, it kind of puts lines that connect those dots. That’s not exactly staying on the line. Now I want to point out to just above my scissors next to my pointer, there’s a plus sign. When you get back to the original dot you can see it turns into an infinity symbol. So whenever we get here, we’re going to click on that, it basically completes our selection. Now you can manipulate this by grabbing one of these dots and pulling out, and adding dots, and again you are manipulating this selection area here. Now once you’ve completed your selection area, you hit your enter key and that completes your selection. So all the little marching ants here inside of that is your selected area. Now, let’s demonstrate that a little different way than we have using these other selection tools.

scissors select tool

Let’s go up here to the edit button in our toolbar and down here we can either clear the selected area, we can fill the entire area with a foreground (that’s the FG color). And here we have our foreground color and the background color. And you can change this simply by clicking on this, and you can change this to purple, green, blue, or any variation thereof. Or we can go up here if you’re going to be a little more precise and this gives you a little bit more of an idea as the blending options you know what looks cool, what doesn’t look so good. We’ll get into the bucket or the color fill section at a later video but for the time-being, we’ve got these two as our foreground and background colors. Now you go to the black and white by just going over here and clicking on this and you go back to the original black and white. So I’m going to change this again. We’ve got green here and the background we’re going to go with a little pinkish color.

scissors select tool

So now, we’ll go back up here to the edit and we’ll want to fill with the foreground color just click on that. If you want to fill with the background color and go with that. Now under the bucket fill tool, we see the different options we have here. Under the pattern fill, you’ve got several choices you can work with. Right now, we’ve got the warning pattern. You know the black stripes on the yellow background. You just simply click on this icon and here are several patterns you can choose from. Now in another video we’re going to be getting into later on I’ll show you how you can add to your pattern selection here.

scissors select tool

Like for example, this one is pine. We’re going to do the same thing here. Just click on this and now we have our pine fill. Or you can do the same thing up here by fill with pattern. Whatever pattern you have here, you can fill it with that. Now, the stroke is basically an outline of the selected area. Let’s go to show you this. And you can determine solid colors, that’s basically we’re going to use here and just click on stroke. Whatever the foreground color is, it’s the stroke. And you can change that too.

scissors select tool

Let’s go and switch this around, edit, stroke, solid stroke and you see we changed it to the foreground color currently. So that is a quick introduction to the scissors tool and a brief overview of the fill section of the color selection tool. We already get in to the bucket fill tool in a later point but again I just want to demonstrate some of the things you can do with your toolbar up here at the top under the edit selected area. So hopefully you learned something out of this video and we’ll get into more applications of these tools in later videos but for the time-being again I’m just introducing you to the various functions of each of these tools. Thank you very much for watching and have a great day!

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The User Interface

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp! And on this segment of the videos, we are going to be touching base a little bit on the user interface, or the main window, or the toolbox. So let’s go ahead and jump up into this and open up our software. On mine, I have the GIMP Tip of the Day pop-up and if you didn’t want this on yours then all you have to do is untick this box here and it won’t show up anymore. One thing I want to point out is this box-looking thing here that contains all the tools, it’s called the Toolbox.

user interface

And we’re on the main window. One thing I want to point out is that whenever you first install the GIMP on your PC, a lot of times this bottom box down here or dock is empty. And what I do and what most folks do is they put their tool options down here so instead of having to double-click on each one of these tools and pop and open a box up here which they call the dialogs for each tool that you want to check in to. Then you just dock them right here below and it saves desktop space and a little more user-friendly too.

Now for some reason, the version of Camtasia that I’m working with now and this version of GIMP I don’t want to see eye to  eye. So I cannot really show you how to do this because it just doesn’t work. But if you were to do this on your pc, then you would see what I’m talking about. Actually, there’s a lot of different ways to do this.

user interface

What you have to do is go to file, then go to dialogs, and up here to Tool Options  and it will open up a  box up to the side here. This box or dialog would say tool options up here. What you do is as you see how my mouse changed from pointer to a hand, you left-click on your mouse, hold it down, and then drag this over to this dock in this empty box here. Now you would have this as I do now.

user interface

So that’s just one way you can get this in here and it just saves your desktop space without having to have this dialogs all over the place. Now, one thing I want to point out is you can have that dialogue here. You can have this one dialog or dock with several different dialogs up here on the top. By the way, this is another way where you can add to your particular dock and station here. You got a little arrow here, go to add tab, and it shows all the different dialog possibilities here. So see if I can add layers to this. There we go. So it does work. So we’ve got the channels, dialog, we’ve got the layers dialog, and you can just keep on adding if you’d like. I like undo history because this way if I make mistake, which I’m prone to do from time to time, then you just click on this tab and it takes you back a step. So if you make several mistakes, then you just go back until it goes to the part of your project that there’s no longer a mistake and then you just start from scratch at that point on.

user interface

And another thing too is that this little space right in here below these boxes and above this line, if you’re to take one of these tabs here like I cannot do this. I’ll just drag this tab down here then this little section down here would light up and you would have another box. It’s just a matter of keeping your desktop somewhat uncluttered so you can work within. Like for example, this is how I do it. I would have just my project, my header, or my eBook cover in amongst in between these two dialogs or docks and do my work here. Whatever palette is up here that I’m currently working on is what this would we referring to. For example, let me go and open up one here. As you can see, this one is working on this guy right here. And if I do another one, it is now working with this one.

user interface

So whatever is in the forefront or whatever palettes I’m working on at that time, this is going to show up here. So I’ll click on this and you can see it’s this guy here become this. And you see this guy here. So you can have multiple projects going on at the same time. Like for example this is your header, this is your eBook cover, or your footer. It’s definitely possible to do that. But I’m kind of getting off topic. I’ll cover a little bit more of the functionality of the program in a later video. Well, for the time being I just want to point out some of the functions of the dialog, the palette, and the docks. Thanks a lot for watching this video and have a great day!

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Tool Spotlights: Vectors and Paths


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Tool Spotlights: Painting Part 1


The paint tools in Gimpshop are extremely powerful, not just for painting brand new images, but also for manipulating photos, blending two photos together, and many other tasks. This video will walk you through some of the paint tools that Gimpshop has to offer. This set of tools is pretty extensive, so keep an eye out for part two soon.
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