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Creating Images using GIMP

Creating an Image with GIMP

Once installed, use the following to start GIMP:

Applications → Graphics → GIMP Image Editor

Invoke GIMP Menu

In Fedora, you can find GIMP by searching for the string "gimp" in the Activities area:

Starting GIMP in Fedora

After the splash page, three windows should open up:

  • The Tool Box : this generally displays on the left and contains icons for all the tools that can be used

  • The GNU Image Manipulation Program window : this is the main area -where the image will be displayed once loaded or created

  • The Layers, Channel, Path window: this is where the different layers, gradients, etc are accessed

Main GIMP Screen

To open a canvas to create a new image on, select the following in the GNU Image Manipulation Program window:

File → New

Create New Image

A dialogue box will display: choose the canvas size you desire (-either by selecting a preset from the "Template" drop-down or by manually typing the desired width and height):

Set Canvas Size

A blank canvas of the correct size will then open up in the main (GIMP) window:

A Blank Canvas

Click on the text tool in Tool Box window:

Selecting the Text Tool in GIMP

Click back in the main GIMP window (blank canvas), where you'd like the text to go: a dialogue box will open up asking you for the text. Type in "Linuceum" and check the "Use selected font" before clicking on the "Close" button:

Entering Text in GIMP

You should see the text added onto the canvas in the font shown in the Tool Box window:

Text Entered in GIMP

Let's go back to the Tool Box window and change the font to 65 point make it stand out more:

Setting Text Font in GIMP

Now, click on the text colour box:

Set Text Colour in GIMP

In the dialogue that displays, select a nice blue colour and click "OK":

Pick Text Colour in GIMP

In the main window, your text should now look something like the following:

Pick Text Colour in GIMP

Now let's add a grey circle. Click on the "Paintbrush" tool:

Pick Text Colour in GIMP

Next, click on the foreground swatch:

Click Foreground Swatch in GIMP

Pick a grey colour and click "OK":

Click Foreground Swatch in GIMP

Set the brush scale to "10.0" (maximum):

Click Foreground Swatch in GIMP

In the Layers, Channel, Path window, click on the "Add Layer" icon:

Add Layer Icon in GIMP

A dialogue box will display - set the name to "circle" and click "OK":

Name New Layer Icon in GIMP

You should now see the new layer in the Layers Palette:

New Layer Shown in GIMP

Back in the canvas window, centre the brush over the "i" of "Linuceum", then left-click and release the mouse button. You should see a grey circle added:

Circle shown in GIMP

Click on the foreground colour swatch again, pick white from the pop up and then change the brush scale from 10.0 to 6.00 :

Foreground Swatch in GIMP

Back in the canvas window, again centre the brush over the "i" of "Linuceum", then left-click and release the mouse button. You should see a white circle added in the centre of the grey one:

White Circle added in GIMP

In the Tool Box, click on the "Move" tool:

White Circle added in GIMP

Back in the canvas window, left click and move the "circle" layer up until the circle is just above the bottom of the "i" of "Linuceum":

Moving the Circle Image in GIMP

Select the "Rectangle Select Tool" tool from the Tool Box:

Rectangle Select Tool in GIMP

Select a rectangle around the "i" of "Linuceum":

Rectangle Selected in GIMP

Hit the "Delete" key on your keyboard to delete the selected section:

Rectangle removed in GIMP

Notice the area is only removed from the current ("circle") layer. If you click on the eye icon for the "circle" layer, it will be hidden:

Rectangle Select Tool in GIMP

Click the eye icon again to display the layer. Now let's save our image using:

File → Save As

Rectangle Select Tool in GIMP

Specify your desired filename and click "OK".


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