Tool Spotlights: Vectors and Paths

For those of you who have ever experimented with Adobe Illustrator, the idea of paths will be familiar to you. To explain paths, first we need to discuss how Gimpshop stores image data. For the most part, Gimpshop is a raster-based program, meaning that it stores its data in the form of pixels; small, discreet points of a specific color. However, it does support vector-based data storage, in the form of paths. Vectors store their information as mathematical data, and are resolution independent. They’re perfect for things like logos and graphics that need to be blown up as large as possible. This video will walk you through the basics of creating vectors and smooth curves with the path tool in Gimpshop.