Quick Guide to Gimp Shop

The main screen

Changing Settings • If the main screen in the background (the gray area) does not show up when you start Gimp Shop, right-click on the program in the task bar and select Maximize Displaying Menus • If the menus on the right in the above image do not display automatically when Gimp Shop is opened 1) Go into the file menu of the left-hand tool box, select Window > Create New Path

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2) Select Layers. Channels. Patterns. & Paths toolbox are Layers . The tabs in the Brushes. Patterns & Gradients to display the bottom part of the tool box Adding Tabs In the right-hand tool box different tabs can be added and these allow quick access to different editing tools and options. Channels . and select Brushes. To add a different tab (or to restore one if you accidentally get rid of it): 1) Click on the little arrow to the right of the tab title and go to Add Tab 2) Select the tab you would like to add 2 . & Gradients toolbox are Brushes . Channels & Paths to get the top part of the toolbar as it is displayed in the image above. Swatches . The default tabs in the Layers. and Undo History . Patterns . Paths . and Fonts . Gradients .

including pixels and inches) 3) The higher quality you would like the image to be.Creating a new document 1) In the left-hand tool box. go to File > New 2) Choose the size of the blank document you would like to create (image size can be set in several different units. the higher the resolution necessary o Default resolution in 72 pixels/in. the larger the file size will be 4) Choose the color for the background 5) Click OK 3 . something like 200 would be appropriate o The higher the resolution. suitable for most images o For a large poster to print.

and the folder you selected should show up in the left-hand column of the menu from now on 4 . go to File > Open 2) Locate the image you would like to edit and click Open o To open multiple images hold down Ctrl while clicking to highlight all the images you would like to open and then click Open 3) To make a folder where you have pictures easier to locate. find it so that it shows up in the middle column of the Open menu and click on it.Opening images 1) In the left-hand tool box. then click the +Add button.

go to the View menu at the top of the image window.Zooming To see an image closer up. you need to zoom in (or vice versa). and then Other and type in the percentage value you want 5 . There are two ways of changing the zoom: 1) Select a value from the drop down menu at the bottom of the image window 2) To choose a percentage that is not on the drop down menu. choose Zoom.

click the icon that looks like a sheet of paper at the bottom left of the layers menu 3) A box will pop up that says “Create a New Layer. make sure they appear next to each other in the list of layers. and select Merge Down 6 . Right-click on the upper of the two layers. it will show up as the “Background” layer in the layers menu 2) To create a new layer. The checker box pattern of the thumbnail means it is transparent.” the width and height automatically match those of the background. 1) When you open an image. 5) You can now paint on the transparent layer and erase what you do there without altering the original background image. 6) To merge two layers.Layers Layers menu These allow editing without altering every part of the image. The layers menu is in the right-hand tool box and can be selected by clicking the icon that looks like a stack of white papers . and generally you want to select “Transparency” as the Layer Fill Type – Click OK 4) The new layer will show up labeled as such above the Background layer in the menu.

7 . and close it when you are finished. such as a shadow. or color as desired. All the effects are different. The effect will also be created in a new layer. go to the Filter menu at the top of the image.Adding text 1) Click the “T” icon in the left-hand tool box to select the type tool 2) Choose the font and size of the type you would like to add 3) Click the place on the map where you would like to add the text 4) Type your text in the box that pops up. and you just have to try them to see what you like or want. choose shadows > drop shadow. the name of which should be the same as what it says 6) To add effects to the text. change the font. 5) The text has automatically been put in a new layer. size.

3) Select the area of the image you would like to retain. and hit Enter 8 . select the tool that looks like a knife from the left-hand tool box 2) If you would like to retain the ratio of picture size of the original image. otherwise you can crop with whatever dimensions you would like.Cropping 1) To crop an image. check the “Keep Aspect Ration” box.

so leave it at 100% if you want solid lines 7) Use the eraser tool to erase parts of the painting (make sure the layer you are painting on is selected in the layers menu. click on the Foreground Color in the left-hand tool box 4) Select brush type from the menu at the bottom of the right-hand tool box 5) Select brush size from the menu at the bottom of the left-hand tool box 6) As the opacity is lowered below 100%. what you paint becomes increasingly transparent. and not the background layer) 9 .Painting 1) Create a new transparent layer over the background image 2) Select the paint brush tool from the left-hand tool box 3) To change the color you are painting.

2) The area you just selected will appear with a flashing dotted line around it. using the brush tool. and click Toggle Quick Mask Mode. 5) To select less. To add more to the selection. while the selected area appears as normal.Selecting Part of an Image 1) Roughly select around the edges of the part of the picture you would like to isolate by using the lasso tool . Go to the Select menu in the image’s window. 3) To edit the selection and make the edges more precise. Click and drag the cursor around the area you are selecting and release when you have completely encircled it. it is easiest to use Quick Mask Mode. change the foreground color to white and paint (this will erase the red). 4) The area outside your selection appears covered by an opaque red layer. select black as the foreground color and paint in the areas you would like to be outside the selection (it will appear that you are painting in more of the red opaque layer). 10 .

Below are a couple possible results for the image used as an example: 11 .6) Exit Quick Mask Mode once you have the edges of your selection clean and where you want them 7) The flashing dotted line should now go precisely along the edge of the area you want to select 8) Create a new transparent layer 9) Copy the selection onto the new layer 10) In the layers menu on the right it will appear as a ‘floating’ layer when you first paste it. so right click on the pasted layer and select Anchor Layer – that will paste your selection onto your new transparent layer 11) Now effects can be added to the layer without having any effect on the background image (this allows you to emphasize and manipulate the part of the image you selected and put into the new layer while leaving the rest of the image unchanged. Experiment with these to get the results you want. or changing it in a different way) 12) Use the filters menu at the top of the image window to add different effects to a layer.

rather than hitting undo three times. select the Undo History menu instead of the layers menu 2) The lowest items on the list are the most recent. ^ In this image.” and that would take me back to that step in my editing and remove the steps below it 12 . for example. if I wanted to undo both the text and painting I’d done. click on items higher up to revert to the stage of the image when you completed that action 3) Clicking undo at the bottom of the menu accomplishes the same thing. I would click on “Add Layer. so if you would like to undo the last three of your actions (for example) you would click on the item fourth from the bottom in the list. but you go one step at a time.Undoing changes 1) In the right-hand tool box.

merge the text layers that contain the labels so you just have one layer with the drawn rivers and one with their corresponding text.) 3) Keep layers in an order that makes sense a. but you can create a new transparent layer and then draw over the boundaries. For example.Map Creation Tips 1) Never alter the background layer (the blank map) 2) Create a new layer for each feature added (a layer for border. 13 . a layer for rivers. rather than having at least a dozen separate text layers 4) Save in the Gimp Shop format (. Saving in jpeg format or any other simple image format automatically combines all layers. The layers at the top of the list are on the top of the image. etc. text cannot be edited). so if you want the line for a railroad to go over rivers. you must first paint the boundaries of the area you want to fill.xcf) so that layers are preserved. 5) If you would like to fill in an area with color quickly by using the paint bucket tool rather than the brush. Merge layers that you are sure you are done editing. if you have drawn and labeled all the rivers (once text layers are merged. The map boundaries in the background image will not be recognized by the program. make sure the railroad layer is over the rivers layer b.

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