Chapter 6. Getting Images out of GIMP (2023)

Chapter6.Getting Images out of GIMP

Table of Contents

1. Files
1.1. Save / Export Images
1.2. File Formats
2. Preparing your Images for the Web
2.1. Images with an Optimal Size/Quality Ratio
2.2. Reducing the File Size Even More
2.3. Saving Images with Transparency


GIMP is capable of reading and writing a large variety of graphics file formats. With the exception of GIMP's native XCF file type, file handling is done by Plugins. Thus, it is relatively easy to extend GIMP to support new file types when the need arises.

1.1.Save / Export Images

Chapter6.Getting Images out of GIMP (1) Note

In former GIMP releases, when you loaded an image in some format, let us say JPG or PNG, the image kept its format and was saved in the same format by Save. With GIMP-2.8, images are loaded, imported, in the XCF format as a new project. For example, a sunflower.png image will be loaded as *[sunflower] (imported)-1.0 (indexed color, 1 layer). The leading asterisk indicates that this file has been changed. This image will be saved as sunflower.xcf by Save. To save this image in a format other than XCF, you must use Export.

When you are finished working with an image, you will want to save the results. (In fact, it is often a good idea to save at intermediate stages too: GIMP is a pretty robust program, but we have heard rumors, possibly apocryphal, that it may have been known on rare and mysterious occasions to crash.) Most of the file formats that GIMP can open, can also be used for saving. There is one file format that is special, though: XCF is GIMP's native format, and is useful because it stores everything about an image (well, almost everything; it does not store undo information). Thus, the XCF format is especially suitable for saving intermediate results, and for saving images to be re-opened later in GIMP. XCF files are not readable by most other programs that display images, so once you have finished, you will probably also want to export the image in a more widely used format, such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc.

1.2.File Formats

There are several commands for saving images. A list, and information on how to use them, can be found in the section covering the File Menu.

GIMP allows you to export the images you create in a wide variety of formats. It is important to realize that the only format capable of saving all of the information in an image, including layers, transparency, etc., is GIMP's native XCF format. Every other format preserves some image properties and loses others. It is up to you to understand the capabilities of the format you choose.

Exporting an image does not modify the image itself, so you do not lose anything by exporting. See Export file.

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When you close an image (possibly by quitting GIMP), you are warned if the image is "dirty"; that is, if it has been changed without subsequently being saved (an asterisk is in front of the image name).

Figure6.1.Closing warning

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Saving an image in any file format will cause the image to be considered "not dirty", even if the file format does not represent all of the information from the image.

1.2.1.Export Image as GIF

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Figure6.2.The GIF Export dialog

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Chapter6.Getting Images out of GIMP (5) Warning

The GIF file format does not support some basic image properties such as print resolution. If you care for these properties, use a different file format like PNG.

GIF Options

Checking interlace allows an image on a web page to be progressively displayed as it is downloaded. Progressive image display is useful with slow connection speeds, because you can stop an image that is of no interest; interlace is of less use today with our faster connection speeds.

GIF comment

GIF comments support only 7-bit ASCII characters. If you use a character outside the 7-bit ASCII set, GIMP will export the image without a comment, and then inform you that the comment was not saved.

Animated GIF Options
Loop forever

When this option is checked, the animation will play repeatedly until you stop it.

Delay between frames where unspecified

You can set the delay, in milliseconds, between frames if it has not been set before. In this case, you can modify every delay in the Layer Dialog.

Frame disposal where unspecified

If this has not been set before, you can set how frames will be superimposed. You can select among three options :

  • I don't care: you can use this option if all your layers are opaque. Layers will overwrite what is beneath.

  • Cumulative Layers (combine): previous frames will not be deleted when a new one is displayed.

  • One frame per layer (replace): previous frames will be deleted before displaying a new frame.

Use delay entered above for all frames


Use disposal entered above for all frames


1.2.2.Export Image as JPEG

JPEG files usually have an extension .jpg, .JPG, or .jpeg. It is a very widely used format, because it compresses images very efficiently, while minimizing the loss of image quality. No other format comes close to achieving the same level of compression. It does not, however, support transparency or multiple layers.

Figure6.3.The JPEG Export dialog

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The JPEG algorithm is quite complex, and involves a bewildering number of options, whose meaning is beyond the scope of this documentation. Unless you are a JPEG expert, the Quality parameter is probably the only one you will need to adjust.


When you save a file in JPEG format, a dialog is displayed that allows you to set the Quality level, which ranges from 0 to 100. Values above 95 are generally not useful, though. The default quality of 85 usually produces excellent results, but in many cases it is possible to set the quality substantially lower without noticeably degrading the image. You can test the effect of different quality settings by checking Show Preview in image window in the JPEG dialog.

Chapter6.Getting Images out of GIMP (7) Note

Please note, that the numbers for the JPEG quality level have a different meaning in different applications. Saving with a quality level of 80 in GIMP is not necessarily comparable with saving with a quality level of 80 in a different application.

Preview in image window

Checking this option causes each change in quality (or any other JPEG parameter) to be shown in the image display. (This does not alter the image: the image reverts back to its original state when the JPEG dialog is closed.)

Advanced settings

Some information about the advanced settings:


If you enable this option, the optimization of entropy encoding parameters will be used. The result is typically a smaller file, but it takes more time to generate.


With this option enabled, the image chunks are stored in the file in an order that allows progressive image refinement during a slow connection web download. The progressive option for JPG has the same purpose as the interlace option for GIF. Unfortunately, the progressive option produces slightly larger JPG files (than without the progressive option).

Save EXIF data

JPEG files from many digital cameras contain extra information, called EXIF data. EXIF data provides information about the image such as camera make and model, image size, image date, etc. Although GIMP uses the libexif library to read and write EXIF data, the library is not automatically packaged with GIMP. If GIMP was built with libexif support, then EXIF data is preserved if you open a JPEG file, work with the resulting image, and then export it as JPEG. The EXIF data is not altered in any way when you do this. The EXIF data may indicate things such as image creation time and file name, which may no longer be correct. If GIMP was not built with EXIF support, you can still open JPG files containing EXIF data, but the EXIF data is ignored, and will not be saved when the resulting image is later exported.

Save thumbnail

This option lets you save a thumbnail with the image. Many applications use the small thumbnail image as a quickly available small preview image.

Save XMP data

XMP data is meta data about the image; it is a competing format with EXIF. If you enable this option, the meta data of the image is saved in an XMP-structure within the file.

Use quality settings from original image

If a particular quality setting (or quantization table) was attached to the image when it was loaded, then this option allows you to use them instead of the standard ones.

If you have only made a few changes to the image, then re-using the same quality setting will give you almost the same quality and file size as the original image. This will minimize the losses caused by the quantization step, compared to what would happen if you used different quality setting.

If the quality setting found in the original file are not better than your default quality settings, then the option Use quality settings from original image will be available but not enabled. This ensures that you always get at least the minimum quality specified in your defaults. If you did not make major changes to the image and you want to save it using the same quality as the original, then you can do it by enabling this option.


JPG compression creates artifacts. By using this option, you can smooth the image when saving, reducing them. But your image becomes somewhat blurred.

Restart markers

The image file can include markers which allow the image to be loaded as segments. If a connection is broken while loading the image in a web page, loading can resume from the next marker.


The human eye is not sensitive in the same way over the entire color spectrum. The compression can use this to treat slightly different colors that the eye perceives as very close, as identical colors. Three methods are available :

  • 1x1,1x1,1x1 (best quality): Commonly referred to as (4:4:4), this produces the best quality, preserving borders and contrasting colors, but compression is less.

  • 2x1,1x1,1x1 (4:2:2): This is the standard subsampling, which usually provides a good ratio between image quality and file size. There are situations, however, in which using no subsampling (4:4:4) provides a noticeable increase in the image quality; for example, when the image contains fine details such as text over a uniform background, or images with almost-flat colors.

  • 1x2,1x1,1x1 This is similar to (2x1,1x1,1x1), but the chroma sampling is in the horizontal direction rather than the vertical direction; as if someone rotated an image.

  • 2x2,1x1,1x1 (smallest file): Commonly referred to as (4:1:1), this produces the smallest files. This suits images with weak borders but tends to denature colors.

DCT Method

DCT is discrete cosine transform, and it is the first step in the JPEG algorithm going from the spatial to the frequency domain. The choices are float, integer (the default), and fast integer.

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  • float: The float method is very slightly more accurate than the integer method, but is much slower unless your machine has very fast floating-point hardware. Also note that the results of the floating-point method may vary slightly across machines, while the integer methods should give the same results everywhere.

  • integer (the default): This method is faster than float, but not as accurate.

  • fast integer: The fast integer method is much less accurate than the other two.

Image comments

In this text box, you can enter a comment which is saved with the image.

1.2.3.Export Image as PNG

Figure6.4.The Export Image as PNG dialog

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Checking interlace allows an image on a web page to be progressively displayed as it is downloaded. Progressive image display is useful with slow connection speeds, because you can stop an image that is of no interest; interlace is of less use today with our faster connection speeds.

Save background color

If your image has many transparency levels, the Internet browsers that recognize only two levels, will use the background color of your Toolbox instead. Internet Explorer up to version 6 did not use this information.

Save gamma

Gamma correction is the ability to correct for differences in how computers interpret color values. This saves gamma information in the PNG that reflects the current Gamma factor for your display. Viewers on other computers can then compensate to ensure that the image is not too dark or too bright.

Save layer offset

PNG supports an offset value called the oFFs chunk, which provides position data. Unfortunately, PNG offset support in GIMP is broken, or at least is not compatible with other applications, and has been for a long time. Do not enable offsets, let GIMP flatten the layers before saving, and you will have no problems.

Save Resolution

Save the image resolution, in ppi (pixels per inch).

Save creation time

Date the file was saved.

Save comment

You can read this comment in the Image Properties.

Save color values from transparent pixels

When this option is checked, the color values are saved even if the pixels are completely transparent. But this is possible only with a single layer, not with a merged composition. When a multi-layer image gets exported to a single-layer file format, there is no way GIMP could preserve the color values in the transparent pixels.

Compression level

Since compression is not lossy, the only reason to use a compression level less than 9, is if it takes too long to compress a file on a slow computer. Nothing to fear from decompression: it is as quick whatever the compression level.

Save Defaults

Click to save the current settings. Latter, you can use Load Defaults to load the saved settings.

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The PNG format supports indexed images. Using fewer colors, therefore, results in a smaller file; this is especially useful for creating web images; see Section6.6, “Indexed mode”.

Computers work on 8 bits blocks named Byte. A byte allows 256 colors. Reducing the number of colors below 256 is not useful: a byte will be used anyway and the file size will not be less. More, this PNG8 format, like GIF, uses only one bit for transparency; only two transparency levels are possible, transparent or opaque.

If you want PNG transparency to be fully displayed by Internet Explorer, you can use the AlphaImageLoader DirectX filter in the code of your Web page. See Microsoft Knowledge Base [MSKB-294714]. Please note, that this is not necessary for InternetExplorer 7 and above.

1.2.4.Export Image as TIFF

(Video) Gimp Lesson 5 | Using Clone and Heal

Figure6.5.The TIFF Export dialog

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This option allows you to specify the algorithm used to compress the image.

  • None: is fast, and lossless, but the resulting file is very large.

  • LZW: The image is compressed using the Lempel-Ziv-Welch algorithm, a lossless compression technique. This is old, but efficient and fast. More information at [WKPD-LZW].

  • Pack Bits: is a fast, simple compression scheme for run-length encoding of data. Apple introduced the PackBits format with the release of MacPaint on the Macintosh computer. A PackBits data stream consists of packets of one byte of header followed by data. (Source: [WKPD-PACKBITS])

  • Deflate: is a lossless data compression algorithm that uses a combination of the LZ77 algorithm and Huffman coding. It is also used in Zip, Gzip and PNG file formats. Source: [WKPD-DEFLATE].

  • JPEG: is a very good compression algorithm but lossy.

  • CCITT Group 3 fax; CCITT Group 4 fax is a black and white format developed to transfer images by FAX.

    Chapter6.Getting Images out of GIMP (12) Note

    These options can only be selected, if the image is in indexed mode and reduced to two colors. Use ImageModeIndexed to convert the image to indexed. Be certain to check Use black and white (1-bit) palette.

Save color values from transparent pixels

With this option the color values are saved even if the pixels are completely transparent.


In this text box, you can enter a comment that is associated with the image.

1.2.5.Export Image as MNG

Figure6.6.Export MNG File Dialog

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MNG is acronym for Multiple-Image Network Graphics.

(Video) How to Prepare Photos for Print in GIMP 2.10

The main problem is that Konqueror is the only Web navigator that recognizes the MNG animation format. Please see


How do I Export an image from GIMP? ›

The Export command is now used to store images to various file formats. You can access to this command through File → Export As..., or from the keyboard by using the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+E.

How do I save a GIMP file as a TIFF? ›

You can even make any necessary changes to your image with GIMP before you generate the TIFF file.
  1. Launch GIMP.
  2. Click "File" at the top of the window, then click "Open."
  3. Browse to the JPEG file that you want to convert, then double-click the file to open it. ...
  4. Click "File" at the top of the window, then click "Save As."

How do I save a high resolution image in GIMP? ›

How to Change Image Resolution Using GIMP
  1. With GIMP open, go to File > Open and select an image. ...
  2. Go to Image > Print Size.
  3. A Set Image Print Resolution dialog box will appear like the one pictured below. ...
  4. In the X and Y Resolution fields, type in your desired resolution. ...
  5. Click OK to accept the changes.
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What is XMP data in GIMP? ›

This option is present only if GIMP was built with EXIF support. Save XMP data. XMP data is “meta” data about the image; it is a competing format with EXIF. If you enable this option, the meta data of the image is saved in an XMP -structure within the file. Use quality settings from original image.

How do I convert a GIMP image to JPG? ›

The Save and Save as an option are used to save the file in GIMP's default format (XCF). If we want to save the file in any other format, use the Export As option from the file menu. To save the file in JPEG file format, select the Export As option and specify the file name with . jpg file extension.

How do I Export an image file? ›

Save an image as a separate file

Right-click the illustration that you want to save as a separate image file, and then click Save as Picture. In the Save as type list, select the file format that you want. In the File name box, type a new name for the picture, or just accept the suggested file name.

Is it better to save photos as TIFF or JPEG? ›

Which file is best for photography — JPEG or TIFF? A TIFF will enable you to store richer, more detailed images. It's good practice to save your original (or source) photos as TIFF files. JPEGs, meanwhile, might be a better choice for exporting your finished edits because they're easier to share and print.

Should I save as PNG or TIFF? ›

Both PNGs and TIFFs are excellent choices for displaying complex images. But PNGs tend to be smaller in size, so are potentially better suited for websites. TIFFs, on the other hand, are often the best choice for professional use, scanning, and print options.

Is TIFF better than JPEG for editing? ›

When editing an image, consider saving it as a TIFF, instead of a JPEG file. TIFF files are larger, but will not lose any quality or clarity when edited and saved repeatedly. JPEGs, on the other hand, will lose a small amount of quality and clarity each time they are saved.

How do I get super high resolution images? ›

The best way to get high-resolution images is by using the right camera for the job. But when that's not an option — or you're looking to improve older digital photos — Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can help. Experiment with Super Resolution and resampling to see how far you can push your image quality.

What is the highest quality way to save an image? ›

Raw image formats are the highest quality but have unreasonably large file sizes of up to hundreds of megabytes. For web images, the WebP file format offers 25-35% smaller file sizes than JPEG for the same quality photos, meaning you can upload higher quality images for the same disk space and speed up your site.

How can I increase image resolution? ›

Tips for Increasing Image Resolution

The more pixels there are, the higher the image's resolution. To improve a picture's resolution, increase its size, then make sure it has the optimal pixel density. The result is a larger image, but it may look less sharp than the original picture.

Should I delete XMP files? ›

Usually, there's no need to take special care over the various file extensions – just leave them as they are. You can delete XMPs if you really want to, but there really isn't any need.

Do I need to keep XMP files? ›

Re: Xmp Files Do I Need Them? If you delete them, all your raw edits would be gone, and opening up any of the images will show it exactly as it came out of the camera. If you've spent any time editing the raw images, it's probably worth saving the xmp files.

Is EXIF the same as metadata? ›

What's the difference between metadata and EXIF? In digital photography, metadata is the information stored within an image describing the camera settings used, the shoot location, and more. An EXIF is the file that stores this metadata.

Can I sell images made with GIMP? ›

Yes. The terms and conditions for copying, distribution and modification of GIMP are clearly listed in the GNU General Public License. Redistribution for free or for profit is specifically allowed, as long as the license is included and the source code is made available.

Can GIMP convert RAW to JPEG? ›

With GIMP you open the file with the raw image, cook it however you want or not at all, then use File -> Export and choose jpeg as the file type. When you key or choose the file name and click Save, the dialog asks how much 'quality', choose 100%.

How do I save a high resolution JPEG? ›

Optimize as JPEG

Open an image and choose File > Save For Web. Choose JPEG from the optimization format menu. To optimize to a specific file size, click the arrow to the right of the Preset menu, and then click Optimize To File Size.

Should I export as JPEG or PNG photography? ›

Because of their different compression processes, JPEGs contain less data than PNGs — and therefore, are usually smaller in size. Unlike JPEGs, PNGs support transparent backgrounds, making them preferred for graphic design.

How do I export a lot of photos? ›

How to Use Lightroom's New Multi-Batch Export Feature
  1. Select Photos. Select the photos you want to export in the Lightroom filmstrip.
  2. Open the Export Dialog Pop-Up Box. To open the Export Dialog pop-up box, go to File>Export. ...
  3. Select the Export Presets. ...
  4. Click Export.
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Does TIFF lose quality? ›

TIFF files are much larger than JPEGs, but they're also lossless. That means you lose no quality after saving and editing the file, no matter how many times you do it. This makes TIFF files perfect for images that require big editing jobs in Photoshop or other photo editing software.

How do I convert a JPEG to a TIFF without losing quality? ›

Easily adjust image files from JPG to TIFF format in Adobe Photoshop.
Convert JPG format files to TIFF in a few simple steps.
  1. Check the file size of your JPG image to ensure the image quality will be high enough as a TIFF. ...
  2. Choose File and select Save As.
  3. Select the TIFF format and click Save.

Are TIFF files still used? ›

Tiff (Tagged Image File Format) is a raster image file format that is not susceptible to many of the same drawbacks as PDF. Tiff is broadly used for faxing, document archiving, government records storage, shipping, accounting, legal documents by law firms, medical records processing, as well as many other industries.

What is the best format to save an image without losing quality? ›

PNG. PNG's can produce a higher quality image, but with larger file sizes. PNG files tend to be saved out because it allows for a transparent background. It is a lossless image format, so the quality isn't lost when reduced but this creates that bigger file size.

Is PDF or TIFF better? ›

TIFF format is a good choice for storing document images because they are larger in size and provide better quality. They are also easier to edit than PDFs. However, TIFFs are not as secure as PDFs. TIFFs are generally larger than PDFs, but can be compressed to reduce the file size.

What is the best image format to use? ›

The PNG file format is optimized for digital use, making it the most commonly used image format. It also supports more colors than the GIF format – PNG can handle up to 16 million colors, while GIF only supports 256 colors.

Is TIFF The highest resolution? ›

TIF is lossless (including LZW compression option), which is considered the highest quality format for commercial work. The TIF format is not necessarily any "higher quality" per se (the same RGB image pixels, they are what they are), and most formats other than JPG are lossless too.

Should I shoot TIFF or RAW? ›

Is TIFF better than RAW? There isn't one type of file that's better than the other – they simply have different uses. If you're going to do heavy editing, it's better to shoot in RAW. But if you're going to be sharing the file, then it's a good idea to convert it to a TIFF.

Is 600 dpi high resolution? ›

Most businesses consider 600dpi and higher to be a high-resolution image or print. High-resolution images require more memory to store and can take longer to scan.

Is 96 dpi considered high resolution? ›

Web images are commonly created in 72 or 96 PPI, which are considered to be low resolutions. They're perfect for the web because they feature smaller file sizes that can load quickly online, but they do not translate well to print.

Is 300 dpi high resolution? ›

A high resolution image is one that's at least 300 DPI, or "dots per inch." As in – the printer spits out 300 little dots of ink for every inch of your photograph.

What is the highest resolution image ever? ›

The Highest Resolution Photo of Artwork Ever Taken

At 717 billion pixels, the museum says that the distance between two pixels in the photo is just five micrometers (0.005 millimeters), which means the size of one pixel is smaller than a human red blood cell.

What is the image file format that is most compatible with gimp? ›

XCF, short for eXperimental Computing Facility, is the native image format of the GIMP image-editing program.

How do you make a blurry picture clear in gimp? ›

How to Remove Pixelation With GIMP
  1. Open your image in GIMP. Use the tools to select an area from which you want to reduce or remove pixelation. ...
  2. Choose a filter. You can try both the Gaussian blur and despeckle filters to see which has the best results for your image. ...
  3. Configure your filter. ...
  4. Check the results.

How do I make an image 300 dpi in gimp? ›

To change the DPI of an image in GIMP, go to Image > Print Size. Enter your preferred DPI next to X Resolution, set in pixels/in. The Y Resolution should update automatically, too.

What is an XMP file used for? ›

Description: XMP, or Extensible Metadata Platform, is a file format introduced by Adobe in 2003. It is used to store metadata that can be read by multiple programs. Metadata is information about a file, such as the date it was created, the author's name, and keywords that describe the content.

What is XMP image data? ›

XMP metadata

XMP files store information about the changes made to your image in post-processing. For example, Adobe Lightroom saves metadata about the image's manipulation as a separate XMP file, also called a 'sidecar' file, because it is connected to your original image file and not embedded within it.

How do I convert an XMP file to JPEG? ›

  1. File URL. Choose file URL to convert:
  2. Output format. Select a target format to convert to:
  3. Convert.

Can XMP damage my RAM? ›

No, it doesn't hurt your RAM. XMP is just overclocking settings that are confirmed by the manufacturer. You can increase speed by changing the memory's timing settings in bios. Yes, overclocking can be safe as long as you don't push the speed too much.

Does XMP reduce lifespan? ›

The XMP profiles are alternative timings for a specific memory chip, and are set by the manufacturer who is marketing those memory chips as meeting those timing specifications. So, no, using XMP profiles will not shorten the life of the system. Using XMP profiles is independent of any overclocking of the CPU or GPU.

How much of a difference does XMP make? ›

Your system will simply run to spec, and you can rest easy knowing everything is nice and stable. However, XMP allows your system to set motherboard and CPU parameters correctly, to allow higher frequency RAM modules, that are designed to run beyond usual specifications.

What are the 3 types of metadata? ›

There are three main types of metadata: descriptive, administrative, and structural. Descriptive metadata enables discovery, identification, and selection of resources. It can include elements such as title, author, and subjects.

What is the best EXIF tool? ›

10 Best photo metadata viewer tools in 2022
  • Regex. ...
  • Exifdata. ...
  • Jimpl. ...
  • Exiftool. ...
  • Exif-viewer. ...
  • IrfanView. ...
  • Exif Pilot. Exif Pilot is a free metadata editor that lets you modify the EXIF data within image files. ...
  • GeoSetter. GeoSetter is an easy-to-use GPS editor that can read and write GPS coordinates to digital photos.

How do I save a GIMP image as a PNG? ›

Open the GIMP file you want to save in PNG format. Select File > Export As > Select File Type. Choose PNG Image, and then select Export. Adjust the settings as needed and select Export again.

How do I select an entire image in GIMP? ›

You can access this command from the image menubar through Select → All, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+A.

How do I Export only selection in GIMP? ›

Method 1: Save Selections with Channels
  1. Step 1: Draw Your Selection. The first step is to draw your selection. ...
  2. Step 2: Save to Channel. Now that your selection area is drawn, you can save it by adding the selection area as a channel in your Channels tab. ...
  3. Step 3: Use Quick Mask to Export Selection.
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What file formats does GIMP Export? ›

Pros and cons of various images formats from a GIMP perspective
  • XCF.
  • JPG.
  • PNG.
  • GIF.
  • TIFF.

Is it better to save an image as a JPEG or PNG? ›

Because of their different compression processes, JPEGs contain less data than PNGs — and therefore, are usually smaller in size. Unlike JPEGs, PNGs support transparent backgrounds, making them preferred for graphic design.

What is the image file format that is most compatible with GIMP? ›

XCF, short for eXperimental Computing Facility, is the native image format of the GIMP image-editing program.

Can I convert XCF file to JPG? ›

How to convert a XCF to a JPG file? Choose the XCF file that you want to convert. Select JPG as the the format you want to convert your XCF file to. Click "Convert" to convert your XCF file.

How do I select a lot of pictures at once? ›

How to select multiple photos on Android. Selecting all the photos saved locally on an Android phone is a lot easier than doing so on an iPhone: On stock Android, open the Files app and go to Images, tap the three dots in the top right corner of your screen, and hit Select all.

How do I select all my photos at once? ›

Steps to select all Google photos on an Android Device:

Go to Google Photos. Tap hold the picture you want to select. Scroll down to the end to select other photos without lifting your finger.

How do you extract objects in GIMP? ›

This can be done by looking under the opacity meter and checking the box next to the checkerboard-like icon. Invert and cut out your object. It is important to do that in that order. Press CTRL+I to invert and then CTRL+X to cut.

How do I Export selected features? ›

Right-click the layer that contains the selected features, point to Data > Export Data. Click Export > Selected Features. Make a selection for the coordinate system to use.

Is GIMP vector or raster? ›

GIMP is mainly a raster graphics program, but paths are vector entities. Fortunately, paths are represented in SVG files in almost exactly the same way they are represented in GIMP.

What does GIMP stand for? ›

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities.

What are the 3 components of GIMP? ›

GIMP toolbox window can be subdivided into three parts: the menu bar with the 'File', 'Xtns' (Extensions), and 'Help' menus; the tool icons; and the color, pattern, and brush selection icons.


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