Editing the Image File

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Now let's open our saved image file and play around with GIMP's image-editing features.

1. Select File O Open and select the image file you saved from your screenshot. GIMP opens the file in an image-editing window, as shown in Figure 10-8.

Figure 10-8: The GIMP Image Editing window.

Figure 10-8: The GIMP Image Editing window.

2. From the toolbox, choose one of the selection tools (such as the rectangular box) and select an area on your image.

3. Again from the toolbox, choose the Rotate tool, then click in the selected area on the image. The Rotate dialog box appears, allowing you to specify the details of the rotation. As you increase or decrease the amount of rotation, you'll see the selected image area actually rotate in the editor. When you get to just the right spot, click the Rotate button to apply the rotation.

4. From the toolbox, select the drawing instrument of your choice (paintbrush, pencil, etc.) and do some doodling in your image. By default, your drawing color is set to black. To change the color, double-click the foreground area in the toolbox. The Change Foreground Color dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 10-9.

Figure 10-9: The

Figure 10-9: The

GIMP Change Foreground Color dialog box.

This tool provides an easy way to select just the right color for your drawings. You can point and click to select the color you're looking for.

5. Save your creation with either the same filename or a new filename to create a separate image file.

These steps demonstrate the basic image-editing capabilities of GIMP. If you're familiar with basic image-editing tools like Microsoft Paintbrush, you're probably happy with these results.

However, if you're used to more advanced image-editing tools, you're probably not all that impressed yet. Fortunately, there are still more features in GIMP we can play with. GIMP includes a set of prebuilt filters that can apply special effects to your image.

You can find the filters in the Filters menu bar. There are eight groups of filters you can choose from, including filters to blur the image, enhance the colors in the image, distort the image, and add noise and shadow effects.

Now follow along with these steps to add some effects to your image:

1. If you've closed your image file, open it using File O Open so it's in a new image-editing window.

2. Click the Filters menu item and select a special effect from the menu list. The Filters section contains lots of special effects to enhance the look of your image. Figure 10-10 shows the result of the Distorts O Whirl and Pinch effect.

Figure 10-10: The image after applying the Whirl and Pinch effect.

Figure 10-10: The image after applying the Whirl and Pinch effect.

Now you're starting to see some of the fancier features of GIMP. But wait, there's even more.

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