Saving Images

When you're done modifying your image, you should save it. You can do this by right-clicking in the image and selecting File O Save or File O Save As. The former option saves the file to its original filename, while the latter enables you to enter a new filename. You can choose to save to any of a wide variety of file formats, but some formats don't save all of the information. Specifically, most file formats don't preserve

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Note The GIMP's save option is accessible only from individual images' context menus, whereas the load option is also accessible from the GIMP's main window's menu bar.

Some file types present you with additional save options after you click the OK button in the Save Image dialog box. For instance, JPEG images use a lossy compression scheme, so when you save an image as a JPEG, you must specify the quality (on a scale from 0.00 to 1.00) and various other options. Setting a higher quality (say, 0.90) results in less loss of detail, which may be important for images that should be reproduced as close to perfectly as possible. Lower quality settings (say, 0.40) may be acceptable for web page graphics, which don't usually need to be perfect reproductions of the original and should be kept small to reduce load time and network bandwidth use.

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