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Toolbox and menus

Toolbox and menus

The examples used to illustrate the functionality of the various tools have in the main been deliberately kept short to demonstrate the key functionality. To illustrate some the techniques that can be used, by using the tools in conjunction with one other, more complete examples are also given, that loosely relate to the different graphic categories, of photo (or image) editing, Art and graphic design, or 2D animation

While most of the tools can be used across a range of different graphic categories, depending on the category, some are used more frequently than others. You may wish to look at those categories and examples first, as a guide to which features to concentrate on.

The tools themselves can generally be selected by one of three methods. The first, and probably the easiest is from the toolbox itself. The GIMP tools can also be accessed from the menu bar, and as the image below shows, the toolbox is sub divided into the following menu sections

  • Selection
  • Transform tools
  • Paint


In many cases, the tool can also be selected using a shortcut. Hover the mouse over a tool and a pop up menu will appear. This will show the short cut it one is available. The shortcut may be a single letter, or a combination of keys. For example the bucket fill is Shift + B (hold down the shift key and press B to select it). Pressing B by itself and you will select the the path (or Bezier) tool.


As well as the toolbox itself, other tools can be found under their respective menu headings, for example colours, layers and filters.

The screenshot above also shows an (optional) video menu. This menu is only added if the GAP plug in module is included in the GIMP installation. It’s functionality is covered under the section on 2D animation.

Author: Alan Campion - Page reference: 26
Last modified: Alan Campion - 2015-02-15