Taking a Screenshot

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GIMP provides a method for capturing screen images. You can capture a single application window, an area that you specify, or the entire desktop.

Follow these steps to create a screenshot image:

1. Open GIMP by choosing Applications O Graphics O GIMP Image Editor.

2. From the GIMP menu bar, choose File O Create O Screen Shot. The Screen Shot dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 10-7.

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Figure 10-7: The GIMP Screen Shot dialog box.

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Figure 10-7: The GIMP Screen Shot dialog box.

You can select to capture either a single application window or the entire desktop. You can also set a delay for when GIMP takes the screenshot, allowing you time to set up the window the way you want before taking the picture.

3. When the screenshot is taken, GIMP opens the image in an image editing window. Select File O Save As to save the image file. GIMP allows you to save the image in most common image formats. All you need to do is place the proper image format extension on the filename (such as .jpg, .tiff, .gif, or .bmp). After you click OK, GIMP may produce another dialog box with options specific to the image file type you saved the image as.

You now have a saved image file that you can play with in GIMP. Let's see what we can do to it.

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