Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and saving documents, part of GIMP Essential Training.
An essential part to anybody's workflow is knowing how to create and save the documents that you are going to be working with inside of the program you're trying to learn. So let's take a look at how we create a new document here inside of GIMP. I'm going to go to the File menu, and choose New. You can also go down to Create to create a new document, to create something from your Clipboard, or from a screenshot, and you can also choose from the different presets, like Buttons, Logos, New Brush from Text, Patterns, and Web Page Themes as well. I'm just going to go to New to create a new blank document, though.
And inside of the Create a New Image dialog box, you can select from any one of the templates that's available to you here. They have things like Web, Print, and also some interesting things, like Toilet paper, CD cover, Floppy labels, Web banners, and of course, video presets as well. Let's say I wanted to create something for the Web, and maybe it's a mobile application, or something like that, and I don't see the size that I want here. That's okay; you can just set your size independently here. So let's set this to something like 640 and 960, so that's the size of these new high-definition screens, like on Apple's iPhone, for instance.
So once I do that, I can also set something called Advanced Options here. This is where I can change the resolution, I can also change the color space, I can choose what the background is filled with, and add a comment to it as well. So, for instance, if I wanted to make this higher res, I can just simply come in here and type in, let's say, 300 pixels per inch. Color space is RGB. Background, let's make that Transparent, and call it My new app mockup.
Once I do that, I'll hit OK, and this creates a brand new document for me. It is 960 pixels tall by 640 pixels wide. It is transparent in the background, and it is set to 300 pixels per inch. So that's pretty cool. Once I have my new document created, I probably want to go ahead and save it; that way I can just instantly save any time I want. So in order to save a document, just go to the File menu, and choose Save, or you can hit Command+S or Control+S on your keyboard, and once you do that, you are able to save it. So I'll just save this out to my Desktop, and I'll call this blank_app, and then I'll click Save.
Once I do that, it is now saved, blank_app.xcf, and so once I've done that, now I can close it with Command+W on the Mac, or File > Close, and then I can open it again by going to File > Open, finding it, and then open it back up, and there you see it just returns right back to the same state that it was in before. So now that we know how to create new documents here inside of GIMP, and also how to save them, we're ready to dive right in, and take a look at some of the "meat and potatoes" of GIMP, like layers, and some of the awesome tools that we have at our disposal as well.
- What is GIMP?
- Performing nondestructive edits with layers
- Exploring blend modes
- Adjusting transparency
- Making selections
- Creating layer masks
- Adjusting color and contrast with Curves, Levels, and other auto adjustments
- Sharpening images
- Using patterns and gradients in your images
- Fixing image flaws
- Enhancing photos with filters
- Automating your workflow
Skill Level Beginner
Photoshop CS6 Essential Trainingwith Julieanne Kost10h 30m Beginner
Up and Running with Photoshop for Designwith Deke McClelland3h 36m Appropriate for all
1. Getting Started
2. Working with Layers
3. Creating Selections and Masks
4. Manipulating Images
5. Working with Paths
6. Working with Text
7. Using the Paint Tools
8. Fixing Image Flaws
9. Exploring the Filters
10. Automating Tasks
Using the batch processor5m 15s
11. Printing and Saving Images
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