Created in 1995, the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free and open source, layer-based, advanced bitmapped graphics editor for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. GIMP is designed for editing existing images, such as photographs, and creating images from scratch. Templates for common projects like website banners, stickers and CD labels come preinstalled in GIMP, but you can also make your own GIMP project templates and save them for later use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Click "File," then click "New" in the File menu.
Type the height and width for your template in the boxes under the "Image Size" heading or use the up and down arrows. Click the "Portrait" or "Landscape" button to set the layout for your template.
Click the selector arrow to the left of the "Advanced Options" heading. Type the horizontal and vertical image resolution for your template in the boxes under the "Image Size" heading, or use the up and down arrows. Leave the default of 72 pixels per inch for Web graphics. Choose a higher resolution for printed work.
Select the colour space and background fill colour from the drop-down boxes.
Click "File" and "Save As Template." Enter a name for the template in the "Create New Template" dialogue box.
Tips and warnings
- To change the default template, click "Edit" and "Preferences." Click "Default Image" from the left menu pane, then select your desired template from the top drop-down box.
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