Starting GIMP

Start GIMP from the Panel menu by selecting Applications O Graphics O GIMP Image Editor. When you start GIMP for the first time, it opens a user setup wizard. The average user can just click Continue in each dialog box in the wizard for a standard setup. If you're a graphics guru who has a particular reason to change the default settings, you can do so within the setup wizard dialog boxes.

After you've worked through all the wizard dialog boxes, one or more dialog boxes pop up containing the main dialog box (see Figure 10-5) and two additional tool dialog boxes. You can close the box that contains the layer, channel, path, and undo functions. The Toolbox dialog box and the main dialog box are somewhat incorporated. You can't close the Toolbox dialog box, but you can move it to another display workspace by right-clicking on the title bar and selecting the Move to Workspace Right option.

The following sections explain how to use GIMP for standard image-editing tasks.

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