The Move Tool

Hello and welcome to our video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, I’m gonna introduce you to the Move Tool and this is one of eight what they call Transform Tools. And the shortcut to get to this function is the letter M, as in “Mary”, on your keyboard or you can just click on the icon. It don’t have a whole lot of options in our dialog box here to choose from.

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We’ve got a few modes. One is Layer, which is one that I am familiar with and use. We’ve got another one called Selection and the other one is Path. And we can talk between these two items here — “Pick a layer or guide” or “Move the active layer” which is one that I’m most familiar with and the one that I use.  Now to better demonstrate this, let me go ahead and add a third layer here so we can show you just the basic behind moving and we do that by just clicking on this icon here, create a new layer, and we’re gonna name it yellow box if you will. And let’s make this a little bit smaller.

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Let’s just say 50 pixels by 50 pixels. And there we have it. And this came up yellow because that was our foreground color. Now with this being selected, that’s what’s gonna be moving. Now if we select the blue, which is this here and you notice if you remember that it looks kinda purple because we adjust the opacity here.

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That’s the blue layer and I’m not sure exactly where it was but this is the one that is selected and we have our Move tool over here and it’s going to move the selected layer. The Active Layer to time. Now if you do that by accident, just to let you know, hit your Control button and the letter Z in your keyboard and it puts it back right where it should be. So again, the active layer that is selected in our Layers dialog is what will be moved by using the Move tool. And this works pretty good. One of the functions that I use it mostly for is whenever I’m working on like an image, or a header, or an EBook cover. And I’ve got say some text that I just typed out and I want to center it or I want to bring it down to the bottom here because this is my copyright information. And we’ll get into that in a later point when we cover the Textbox but that’s just one function that we use the Move tool for. And that folks is the pretty quick introduction to the move tool, one of the first of the Transform tools we’re gonna be getting into in this series of videos. Hope you learned something. Thank you much for watching and have a great day!

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The Text Tool

Hello and welcome to this series of videos on the Gimp. In this video, we’re gonna be touching on the Text tool and you can get to all the options here for the Text tool by clicking on this icon in our toolbox which is probably this just or hit the letter T as in Tom on your keyboard. Now one thing I wanted to point out here is I’ve added a couple of extra Speed tools for like a better phrase to my toolbox here. And you can do this because their basically their default set or you can either tick on or tick off and how I had them added here is by going up to file, preferences and this is how you can setup different items within your Gimp software.

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And if you happen to screw something up in amongst here, just go to the reset button and that will fix it all up for you just like it came out of the box brand new. Speaking of box, we go here to the toolbox and just tick or untick the items that you want and your toolbox speed tools or what I call and we’re good to go. So click on OK and we’re out of here. Now then, just going to touch on some of the items here in our Options box for the Text tool is the Font and this is the list of all the fonts available on your system. So pick one that you’re happy with and that’s the text font style that will show up on the image you’re going to be adding text to. And this gives us a little description of what that font is and here you can increase or decrease the size of the text by this up or down arrows or just by highlighting and putting in whatever number you’re wanting. And over here I would just leave this as Pix or PX rather and that stands for Pixels. Or if for some odd reason you wanted to change that to inches, millimeters, points, picas, or more then you’ve got those options here as available.

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These three items here I’ve never messed with. They’re basically fine-tuning points to the point of something that I’ve no need for but they’re basically fine-tuning for like smoothing the edges of the text that you’re entering on to your image. Possibly if you’re gonna be using humongous sized text like 50, or 60, or 70 pixels then this might come into play but I don’t so I won’t so if you find the need go ahead and play around with them until you’re happy with them but I would just leave them alone. In so far as me using this for creating header, graphics or footer graphics, or EBook covers, or video cover type graphics this works fine for me so I’ll just leave that alone. Now of course you can change the color by clicking on this and it brings up your Text Color chooser and you got several options up here you can use to change the color of the text and whenever you’re happy with the color then just click on OK and it changes the color of the text here. Now if you notice it also change it here and here. What I do instead of this is I just go over here in my color dialog box and make the decision on what color text I want. And as you can see as I’m choosing it, it makes changes both in the foreground color here as well as the text color here and so on. Now another way is right here is the foreground and here’s the background color.

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You can alternate this by just clicking on this arrow here and then those are back and forth. As you watch this here, you can see it changes that as well. So well that’s that. Again, I don’t mess with these too because if I want to move my text from this justified to the left, to the center, to the right and filled. If I want to do that then I’ll just use the Move tool. But that’s just how I roll. Anyway, this is the indentation of the first line and you may find a need for that and if so you can adjust the amount of indentation by using these buttons here. And these increases or decreases the space between the lines of your text and also between the text themselves, the characters themselves. Now these guys here they are not highlighted. These are pretty cool tools that allow you to transform, deform, or however you want to put it the text you’re putting on your image. Once you start typing your text or you’ve entered the text onto the image then these guys will become active and what they will do is similar to this Bezier or Paths tool up here, that’s name Path down here, is it provides you with handles and you just grab those handles and pull out them or move them around and it transforms, deforms, or warps whatever you call it the text that you’re working with that that time. So again that’s gonna come in handy you know as far as playing around with different text styles. But let’s go ahead and open up an image and start playing around with it ourselves and add some text. Let me see here.  Let’s go to one that I’ve already played with here before and this is a header image. And if you notice it says PSD extension which means it’s a Photoshop image. One of the cool things about the Gimp besides the fact that it’s free is that you are able to manipulate, or alter, change, work with the Photoshop images without having to spend three to six hundred bucks for the Photoshop software. As you can see over here are the different layers that make up this header image.

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And just to demonstrate, you can just click on the eyeball there to disengage that image and they go away. And alternately, you can click on it and make them come back. So that being said, let’s go ahead and add some text. Now once you’ve got the text chosen or the way the style setup here the way you want it to appear on your image then you just click anywhere on your image and you’ve got some options here. Well the text editor pops up and you can either go to open the file and if you got some text stashed away somewhere like say for example the copyright information. The Gimp people have told me that if you hit the Alt key and something on your numbers pad on your keyboard that it will open up the selection of the special characters. Like for example, the TM for the trademark or the C within the circle for the copyright emblem. I can’t get that to work for me so what I’ve done instead is I will type that information out on a word document or text document, save it and this is one way you can get to that information. You can open the file up here, highlight it, copy it, and then just paste it in here. And then you just close this or you can hit the Clear and that will eliminate, or delete, or clear the text that you’ve already put in the text editor.

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And the LTR and RTL is simply the direction that the text is being entered from left to right or from right to left. Mainly English and this is some of your pin languages like Arabic for example. Let’s go ahead and type in some text, Freehand, and then we can click on close and there we have it. Once the text is in here, you can go to some of the other tools we’ve touched on before. Like for example, the Move tool. And once I click on this icon, I wanna make sure that this radio button here is ticked, the “Move the Active Layer” because otherwise if this was ticked it will still work but you gotta play around with it and sometimes you have a tendency of grabbing the wrong layer even though the mouse is right over this character here. So have that one ticked that way the active layer being the hand here or the freehand, the one you just made, is picked and we can just move this guy around anywhere we want. And if we want to rotate it, we rotate it any way we want. There we have that. Let’s try this Perspective. And again, you can just play around with things that way and that’s pretty much the Text tool and some of the different ways you can play around with it; increasing the size. And again don’t forget that you can copy and paste from other documents the text that you want to enter into your image here the once you’re done you can go here to File, Save As, and you can save it as a PSD or a Photoshop file.

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But here’s what you wanna do. You go down here to the plus sign and this is how you decide what you want to save it as. Gimp, you can save it as this extension, the XCF and this is kind of a generic extension where you can save it. You can open it up in Gimp, you can open this up in Photoshop but this is what I typically do is I’ll just save it in whatever format that I open it up then. So if I opened up a PSD, I’ll save it in PSD. Let’s go down here and find our PSD and then click on Save. And of course where you’re gonna be saving it at. You just hit the plus or minus key down here to select the file type and hit Save. That’s it folks. Thank you very much for watching this video. I hope you learned something and have fun entering text to your image.

 

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The Transform Tools

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, we’re gonna be covering the remaining transform tools namely the Crop Tool, the Rotate Tool, the Scale Tool, the Shear Tool, the Perspective Tool, and the Flip Tool. So let’s go ahead and jump right down into this by opening up an image so we can play around with it. I got one here picked up. It’s kind of a funky-looking dude here where I don’t know if this is a Mohawk or a comb-over got cut in a windstorm. But in either case so, it will be just fine for our purposes. Now then the Crop tool, we got a couple of ways where we can get here and that is just as I did. Click on the icon on our toolbox or you can hold the Shift key down and tap on the letter C, as in cat, on your keyboard. That will get us here as well.

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Or up along the top here, in the menu, go to tools and remember these are all Transform tools so we go down here to Transform tools, over to Crop, and you can see the rest of the Transform tools we’ll be working with here as well so you can get here for those as well. And here also on the far right, you can see the shortcut keystrokes for those. Or you can just right-click on the image and again go down to Tools and come down to Transform tools in the same thing. So that’s the shortcuts and the ways in which we can get to the different Transform tools when needed. Now with Crop, basically what this is gonna do is cut a section of the image you’re working with out for us to use and leaving the rest of them to the trash can. So we’ve got a few options here that we can work with for the Crop tool. The bottom on here, the Shrink merged and these top two are basically gonna be used if we have multiple layers that are working at the same time. Right now, we will have the one layer; this guy’s image. So as far as this video is concerned, we’re not gonna be touching base on these three items here. Now the “Expand from Center”, this is simply an additional tool to assist you in deciding what’s gonna be cropped. You can do this just manually. But “Expand from Center” just as it sounds like, you find this pretty much the center of what you gonna be hanging on to.

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In this case, I just basically wanna keep his head. And so we’re gonna see right around his nose here and just move this until we get pretty much what we want. Now then you just let go of the left mouse button. By the way, that’s what I was doing. I was holding the left mouse button down and dragging it. You’ve got these markers here. You can use this to find between you selection as such. Then again, play around with this until you’re comfy with it because I am not gonna want all of these. I just want the head, not as much as the tie and the hairdo. So that’s the “Expand from Center”. Now we’ve got the “Fixed” here which I’d never really messed with that limits the flexibility of which you can choose. But again, it’s here for a reason so I’m sure that at some point down the line there would be a need for this so that’s what that’s for as to fix either based on the Aspect Ratio, which keeps everything in tune the current size, the Width, the Height, and of course, the Size. But I’d just leave that unticked. And the position is where on the image you’re selection is at and these are more manual of what we’re doing now. I’d rather do it the free form way gonna guess we will more flexibility. The Highlight is basically as you can see here is gray now it’s not. So I’d leave that ticked. Again, that leaves you a little bit more a way to work with. Now this size, if you’ve got an actual dimension that you’re trying to work with, then you could type this in here and eliminate some of the guess work here.

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For example, if you got 80 by 120 then hit your enter button and there you go. And that’s just about right. Now if you can keep your mouse so the cursor out pretty much right in the center where you’ve got the move tool emblem like this guy here, the four arrows, then you can hold your left mouse button down move this anywhere within the selected region you want. And this sure will work just fine for what we want. Then once you got the area that you want on a crop selected, hit your enter button and boom, there you have it! Now then, that’s the Crop and again you’ve got all these options here you can surround with. Now the Rotate is just like it sounds. Basically, you’re gonna be rotating the image that you’re working with. Now then for these remaining five tools, they’re all gonna have basically the same, well except for the Flip, they’re all gonna have basically the same options available. And I would suggest just leaving the default just as it is. So that way, well again for the sake of this video anyway, that’s what we’re gonna do. The Interpolation is really something that will come into play if you’re dealing with some high-end graphics, very large pixelated, 300 plus DPI resolutions. Otherwise, for the sake of EBook creations or header/ footer type creations then you can just leave this as cubic. A quick information, what this Interpolation does is as you make your transformations with your making this larger or flipping it, or squeezing the guy’s face together, while you transform it, the Gimp software is trying to determine where this particular pixel is gonna be. You know so that keeps the color as the same no matter how you squeeze his face together so that it keeps the color as blue color are the same no matter how much you stretch it apart. So the Cubic is the most accurate of these three. I’m not sure what the fourth one does but the Cubic is the most accurate of these three. But it takes a little bit longer for Gimp to figure out what where. The None is a little less accurate but it happens a lot quicker and then the Linear is as it is in the kind of the middle, it takes the best of both. It’s little faster than the cubic but a little less accurate than the None if that makes any sense. Now to give you an idea as to why it is really makes no difference whatsoever, the Cubic is as far as we’re working with here, again it’s most accurate and when i say it’s the longest, this might take a matter of say one second. Whereas the None, which is faster but less accurate, might take a 10th of the second. So again, there’s really no difference for what we’re gonna be using here. So we can just leave pretty much all these alone.

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Now the 15 degree down here, if you hold the control button down your keyboard, what this will do is it will allow you to rotate in 15 degree increments. So with this ticked, let’s say we wanna rotate this guy’s face a 90 degrees, it will do it in 15 degree increments. So if you’re watching up here, you can see that it’s happening in 15 degree increments. That’s one way you can rotate the image you’re working with and this works pretty good  too if you’re working with text and say you wanna put this along this side of your EBook creation and you type out the text horizontally, then you grab your Rotate tool and you wanna flip it 90 degrees. Now you could either do so this way with this box ticked or you can type it in here 90 degrees or you can just use the slider bar here and do the same thing. And that’s the Rotate tool. Now the Scale tool, I usually have never really mess with this on the toolbox because I get a little more accuracy for what I’m wanting to do because the Scale is basically changing the size. You either increasing or decreasing this size of the image. So I go up here to the Image on the menu bar and come down here to Scale Image and let’s say this is the original image that we’re working with right now, the original dimensions. Let’s say I want 100 in the width. Well it’s going to maintain the aspect ratio here so that it doesn’t look and fatty. So we type in 100 and then hit Scale. Go to Image, click Scale and as you can see how it adjusted this from 120 to 150 because we increased this by 80 but it increased this automatically by 30. So that’s why I use the image up here and not so much the Scale tool down here in our toolbox because it gives us a little more flexibility up here for some odd reason. Now then if for say you wanted a certain part of this guy’s face right here then I’ve used the scale for that but then again I don’t have that need very often. I’m gonna show you what I’m talking about. Okay so we got this and click on the image here.

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We’re gonna make it pretty big and you can see the part that is selected, where little ants right around here. Okay so this here we just wanna keep this part of his face selected. So then we hit the enter key and boom! That’s not selected. But then again I don’t have the need for that very often so that’s why I don’t mess with whatever I’m trying to change the size of the image I always use the Image up here. There’s other options you can do up here too that are not available here. And that is, let’s say we wanted to transform. We could flip it, we can rotate it a 180 or 90 degrees. So that’s pretty much what I would use as far as the scale tool is again you’ve got the ability to do so here but I find more accuracy and more abilities here under the image menu. So let’s move on to the Shear tool. Now the Shear and the Perspective tool, I’ve find that they’re most useful for making some odd-looking shapes namely shadow effect on the base of an EBook cover that you’re making. Let’s go ahead and click on this icon so we can get to the Shear tool rather than leaving it up the Scale tool.

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So again as I was saying, this is where you can kinda manipulate the image a little bit. Give it that little look there. And this is the Shear tool and you can get the same type of manipulation ability by using a Perspective tool only a little bit different. I’ll show you what I’m talking about here. Kinda like a page turned or page flipped. That’s what I found before is a people abuse the Perspective tool for those little cornered turndowns, ad type deals, and that’s how they make those or a part of that anyway is to the Perspective tool. Go ahead and get back to the original here. But that’s pretty much the Shear and the Perspective tool, that’s just kinda manipulate the make a little more funky-looking, a better work. We’ve kinda made him even funnier than what he originally was.

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The last in our Transform tools is the Flip tool. And we go and click on this and again we’ve got two options here basically horizontal, or we gonna flip it left or right, or the vertical, or we gonna make him upside down or right-side up. So these are gonna have some pretty useful needs. The Transform tools here again the one that I’ve finally used the most is the Crop, the Rotate, and the Scale tool because these here and I’ve from time to time will use the Flip tool as well. But the Shear, Perspective those are more specialty tools that I have used in the past but not as often as these other four. So I hope you enjoyed this video on the final items in our Transform tools section and I’m sure you’re gonna be able to find a good use for all these tools. So thank you very much for watching and have a great day!

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The Color Picker Tool

Hello and welcome to our video series on the Gimp. Now in this video, we’re going to be introducing you to the color picker tool and that’s this guy right here. It looks like a little eye drop up here. And you can just click on that or you can a little shortcut on your keyboard is just hit the letter O on your keyboard that will bring you to the same spot.

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Now down here in our dialog box, you can see the additional options available to us. And we’ve got Sample Average, we’ve got Sample Merged, and this comes in handy whenever you’re trying to get a color that is on top of well it basically using different layers or additional layers. Whereas right now, this is our layered dialog. We only have the one layer here. That’s this guy here. And we got some Pick Modes, we’ve got Pick Only, Set Foreground color, which is the default, Set Background Color, Add to Palette, or the Use Info Window. This pretty cool tool just gives us additional information. So I’m going to check that and let’s go ahead and go over to this particular palette that we have or layer and if we click on this, it brings up our Color picker Information. Let me put this guy down here so we can see our foreground and background colors.

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This gives us some additional information. The hexa-decimal number here, so you’re going to match this with what my on my webpage we’re trying to copy, colors for our header image, to our EBook cover, for example. But we’re going to go here this gives us the same information for this particular image on our palette and so on. As you see, it changes the foreground color here whereas if I check this one, you would change the background color. And let’s go ahead and create another layer over here and I’ll show you the Sample Merged as well. We’re going to close this guy out here. And to create an additional layer, we just go over here in our Layer Dialog box, click on this guy here, it gives us a new layer.

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Now, I’m going to name this one Blue because that’s what popped up   and you can name anything you want. You know, whatever. But we’re going to name this one Blue because if you haven’t guessed yet, I want to put a blue color here. Foreground color. Let’s go and change that to. Because right now it’s this burnt umber. Let’s go and change that to a blue. And this is our Color Dialog here. As you can see I changed the foreground just by clicking over here. And same size, same dimensions. Let’s skip. Now then, the blue layer is on top of or above this other layer. Now we can change this with this highlighted, we can move this down and it becomes lower than or it’s behind this layer.

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But for the sake of this video, I want to show you some of the back-up and we can change the opacity or the transparency of this blue so this will start to bleed through the lower this number get on the slider bar here. We’ll go all the way down to zero and basically it’s invisible but let’s put it right about here. Let’s go and click on the Sample Merged. Now then whenever I click on this image here, it won’t be the green as we see here, it will the green we see now with this mask of blue over it. You see? And same here. So again, this is just another way in which you can create additional colors and if you like that then you can go to add to palette and it will bring this up here and you can name your color here and you can click on Save and you got some new, funky color that you just made up. Again, that’s what you can utilize this radio button for here add palette. But that’s just a quick introduction to the Color Picker Tool. I want to thank you very much for watching this video. Hope you learned something. Hope you’re going to find ways where you can apply this to your work. Thank you very much watching.

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The Measure Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. In this video, we’re going to introduce you to the Measuring Tool in our toolbox. Quick shortcut to get to this tool in addition to just clicking on this icon will be to hold your shift key down while at the same time pressing the letter M, as in Mary, on your keyboard. And that will get here just as well.

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As you can see down in our dialog box, there’s not a whole lot of options. Actually, there’s only one option to choose from and that is to tick or untick the “use info window”. And if we go over here to our little heart image and if click and hold down my left mouse button I want to go ahead and measure up to where the angle starts.

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And that’s basically what this tool does is it measures distance between points and also provides you the angle or the degrees of angle. So between this point and this point, we’ve got a 110.9 pixels and the angle between the horizontal plane and the line that I drew is 62.05 degrees. Now this information in our status bar can also be shown in the “use info window”. For example, I’ll just go back a step here. Let me get rid of that and let’s go ahead and see what pops up in our “use info window” if we do the same thing. There’s the “use info window” and as you can see the same numbers that show up here also show up here in our info window. And just close this up. That’s pretty much it folks. That’s all there is to the measuring tool in the Gimp. I hope you learned a little something from this. Thank you again for watching and have a great day!

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The Paths Tool

Hello and welcome to this video series on the Gimp. Now on this video, we’re going to be introducing you to the Paths Tool, otherwise known as the “Bezier Tool”.

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Now, whenever you click on this you can see down here under the paths tool dialog that there’s really not a whole lot of additional functions to this particular tool.That being said, this actually allows you to draw some pretty complex figures on your palette with a fair amount of control. Now basically, all we’ve got here is Design, which is the default. This is what pops-up. You’ve also got Edit, Move, and Polygonal.

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Now whenever you got this box ticked, this basically restricts your editing to just straight lines or polygons which really limits your great skills. I’m going to untick that, I’m going to open up a new palette here. That’s pretty good size. I’m going to put this palette between our two docks. Now I want to point out over here too. I’ve got three different dialogs on this docking station here. Again I had mentioned this in our prior video, I just wanted to show you what it looks like. Again it just basically helps unclutter your desktop although at the same time providing you with a lot more functionality on your Gimp software. So now, I’ve got the Bezier tool chosen and we’re in design, we’ve got the polygonal box unticked.

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Now when we click our palette, the first thing that pops up is an empty dot. And this is our active anchor. I want to go down here and put another dot and it connects the two with a straight line and this is now our active anchor. And put another one up here, again the active anchor changes.  And just introduce you to this polygonal box, we’ll tick this and I’m going to put my mouse or my pointer over on one of these lines hold my left mouse button down and go to move this line and all I get is a straight line. First is, if I untick this box the same thing I can get a lot ore functionality out of this image. Now these boxes here, these are called Handles. Again these adds a little bit more functionality to the image that you are manipulating or creating. Now if you hold your shift key down while doing so, it puts an additional box or handle on the opposite end. So again this gives you some additional functionality here. Kind of back up here just a little bit and again I’m going to put another box here, hold my control key down and that connects the lines here. Click on this that makes this the active anchor, click on this it makes that the active anchor, and so on.  As you can see over above my pointer right now up to the right of it is a plus sign. If I want to complete this lines or draw a line kind of force a line then hold my pointer or my mouse over this particular button here or dock, hold my control key down and that image to the right there of my pointer turns into an infinity sign or two circles intersecting. Then click on my mouse and it connects the dot so to speak. If we go ahead and make us a little heart image here if you will. It looks pretty close. Of course, I’m not any kind of an artist.

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We’ve got these two options down here we can choose from. Select from path, it gets our ants on marching and this is the part of this tool that is now made it somewhat of a selection tool if you will. Because by click on our brush you can see that we are only working inside of what has been selected. Control Z that and get back for our Bezier tool.  Let’s go on and clear up our palette and do this again. So I want to also show the Stroke Path as well. Now we’ll do the stroke path and this pops up. We can choose the stroke style and what the stroke does is instead of putting the marching ants in there it gives a solid line. Now we’ve got a couple of choices here. We can go of the solid color which is the foreground color that is here and we can change this by the way by having this dialog here. Let’s go with blue. You can see it changed it to blue. Or we can go with the pattern. I’ve got the patterns down here. Of course, we can change the patterns here as well.  But let’s go with the solid color. You can change the depth or the width of the line here or the solid color right here. We can go more if you want thicker or less, totally up to you. Of course, play around with this too. Well let’s go and then you click on stroke and then you have your solid color.

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Now if you want to make this selected, then you can right-click on your palette and you get this here same options as available. To get this toolbar, go to select from path and you get your marching ants going there. And then you bring up your brush and let’s go back to our red color here and finish our little Valentine’s Day heart. And there you have folks. That’s just a quick introduction to the Bezier tool and how you can do some pretty, neat, little drawing or image manipulation using your paths tool, otherwise known as Bezier tool. Hope you learned something, hope you’re able to put this to some use and some future image creations of your own and I want to thank you very much for watching this video. Have a great day!

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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.

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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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