Best GIMP Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials

GIMP Tutorial: Getting Started

 

Why is this important:

Every tool requires a learning curve and the sooner you become familiar with your tools, the sooner you will be more productive and produce better quality products. In Digital Scrapbooking, The GIMP is your tool and this tutorial will help speed up your learning curve. We will go over the basic tools that can be use for digital scrapbooking.

 

Below is a picture of The GIMP Tools. I placed a number on the most common ones used for Begining Digital Scrapbooking. The other tools can be used for more advance Digital Scrapbooking techniques. An explanation of what each tools does is below. Also, if you placed your cursor on top of each of these tools in The GIMP Program, their name will be displayed.

 

GIMP Tools

 

To become familiar with these tools, select on each tool and notice how the box below changes to give you different options appropriate for the selected tool. I will give you an explanation of the most important aspects of these tools.

 

Important:

All of these tools actions are performend on the currently selected layer. So if you have your "Tag" Layer selected/highlighted and you want to modify your "Picture" Layer, then you have to select your "Picture" Layer before clicking on the Tools.

 

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1 - Fill with color or pattern:

What can I use this for?

To color or paint your pages. You can color with your foreground color, background color or a pattern. This choice is selected in the bottom box by the selected "Fill Type"

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • Make your selection on the bottom box.
  • Now click on your image. The selected/highlighted layer will be affected.

2 - Rotate the Layer or Selection:

What can I use this for?

To change your image orientation. Maybe you want to move your image clock-wise, couter clock wise, etc.

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • Make sure Interpolation is set to: "Cubic (best)". This will make sure that you do not lose image quality.
  • Now click on your image.
  • The Rotation Dialog box appears.
  • Click on your image and with your mouse button pushed, move the image left of right.
  • Once you like the way it looks go to the Rotation Dialog box and select "Rotate".

3 - Select Rectangular Regions:

What can I use this for?

To create rectangular shapes, like frames, tags and backgrounds.

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • In the bottom box, make sure the "Mode" has the first box selected.
  • Now click on your image.
  • With the mouse button pushed drag your cursor to the bottom. You will see a "rectangle" being created.
  • You can now select the "Fill tool" (Number 1 above) and fill the box with a color or a pattern.

4 - Select elliptical Regions:

Same as Numbe 3 above, with instead you can make circular shapes.

 

5 - Move Layers & Selections:

What can I use this for?

To move your images or layers around your "digital" page.

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • In the bottom box, make sure the "Tool Toggle " has the "Move the current layer" selected.
  • Now click on your image.
  • With the mouse button still pushed drag your image around your page.
  • Let go once you like the new position.


6 - Crop or resize an image:

What can I use this for?

To make your image smaller by cutting parts of the image that you wish were NOT there, for instance, a trash can.

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • In the bottom box make sure Toggle Tool is set to: "crop".
  • Now click on your image.
  • The Crop & Resize Dialog box appears.
  • Click on your image and with your mouse button pushed,drag the mouse and select the part of the image that you DO want.
  • Once you like the best part of the image, let go of the button, go to the Crop & Resize Dialog box and select "Crop".

7 - Add text to the image:

What can I use this for?

To add your journaling and to create Word Art.

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • In the bottom box, select your text color.
  • Now click on your image.
  • The GIMP Text Editor Dialog box appears.
  • Enter your text on the GIMP Text Editor Dialog box.
  • Click closed.
  • You text is now displayed on your page.
  • To change the size of the text, select the Text Icon (Number 7), double click on your text, and then select the new size.

8 - Scale the layer or selection:

What can I use this for?

To make your image smaller or bigger, to resize your image without changing the image composition or "cutting" parts of the image.

How do I use it?

  • Click on the tool icon.
  • In the bottom box make sure Interpolation is set to: "Cubic (best)". This will make sure that you do not lose image quality.
  • Now click on your image.
  • The Scale Dialog box appears.
  • Click on your image and with your mouse button pushed,drag the mouse to make the image smaller or bigger.
  • Once you like the new size, let go of the button, go to the Scale Dialog box and select "Scale".

 

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