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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. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.
Features and Capabilities

This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. You can also have a look at the illustrated features overview.

* Painting
o Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.
o Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
o Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool
o Supports custom brushes and patterns
* System
o Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space
o Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
* Advanced Manipulation
o Full alpha channel support
o Layers and channels
o Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
o Editable text layers
o Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip
o Selection tools including rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy
o Foreground extraction tool
o Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.
o Transformable paths, transformable selections.
o Quickmask to paint a selection.
* Extensible
o A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
o Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)
o Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters
o Over 100 plug-ins already available
* Animation
o Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format
o MNG support
o Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
o Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
o Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)
* File Handling
o File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others
o Load, display, convert, save to many file formats
o SVG path import/export
* Much, much more!

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Suite freedom: a review of GIMP 2.6.4

Clubs and Other Sites

:icongimptacular: :iconthe-gimp:

:sun: Official GIMP Website :sun: and download, plus many Gimp Tutorials and download options for Mac users
-This is the official GIMP web site. It contains information about downloading, installing, using, and enhancing it. This site also serves as a distribution point for the latest releases. We try to provide as much information about the GIMP community and related projects as possible. Hopefully you will find what you need here. Grab a properly chilled beverage and enjoy.
-Biggest Collection of GIMP Tutorials and useful snippets.

Gimp Tutorials at Wilber's Wiki
-This page will eventually contain a bunch of tutorials that will be written collaboratively (one possible example, building GIMP from CVS on Win32).

Gimp Tutorials at

25 GIMP Video Tutorials to Help Get You Started by Jacob Gube
-One of the quickest ways to pick up something new is by watching video tutorials. With that concept in mind, I’ve collected 25 awesome GIMP video tutorials geared to get you started, get you familiarized, and get you inspired.

10 GIMP Video Lessons Online at

Gimp Video Tutorials at
-For those on a budget or just wanting to play with web graphics design before investing in a more expensive web graphics editor (like Photoshop or FireWorks), then it's well worth learning how to use the GIMP first. Because many of the tools work the same in Photoshop and Fireworks. And unless you're going to become a professional graphic design artist, then the GIMP might just have everything you need.

GIMP for Beginners

Basic GIMP Tutorial Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 by Aeon-Borealis
-This tutorial is going to encompass how to ink (outline) and perform basic coloring and shading in GIMP. The first part is mainly for introducing the tools that are going to be used. These are only basic descriptions of the tools and where to find them; more about what they do and how they will be used will be covered in the next few parts.

:star: GIMP tutorial - as good as PS by pralinkova-princezna
-My first proper tutorial! I so enjoyed making it. There are not many GIMP tutorials here, definitely not as many as for Photoshop, and this program is still underrated. I want to advertise it as a tool equal to Photoshop.

The tutorial covers these areas of digital drawing:
:bulletgreen: inking
:bulletblue: colouring
:bulletpurple: shading (with the use of Levels)
:bulletred: text adjustments

Tutorial: How to paint folds by pralinkova-princezna
-I sometimes overdo it a bit with folds, but I prefer more rather than none. Here is a recipe how to make a painty-looking fabric with some folds or how to make textures on clothes. Enjoy! Feel free to explore this technique as well as others and find your style.

Drawing tools in GIMP by pralinkova-princezna
-This is an overview of all the tools you can use to make lines in the GIMP.

Basic shading reference by pralinkova-princezna
-Quick reference for shading, these are just elementary principles and can be used regardless of the media. It is really very basic but hope it will be useful for somebody. The trick is in the light source. Compare both pictures and observe how the shades change.

Intro to GIMP Tutorial Part I, Part II and Part III: Cell Shading by Surreallity
-Warning: HUGE File. I got this crazy idea in my head that my art was good enough to try and create a tutorial to help others. I decided to use GIMP because it's my favourite art program and I'm sick of the crap on the BC board that free programs can't do anything. If you have any questions free to ask, I'l try to answer. Hope you find this useful.

GIMP Tools Guide - Beginner by DaBigE
-A tutorial to introduce the tools of GIMP to beginners.

Beginners GIMP tutorial by Adeselna
-IMPORTANT: Beforue you start following this tutorial read it and download the brushes I give you in the end! This tutorial is just for GIMP, but the brushes work for Photoshop because they're just conversions.

GIMP Beginner's Tutorial by Zephyr-Aryn
-I realized that GIMP is not the easiest thing to use, at least initially. (It took me forever to learn how to color under the lines rather than avoid them all because they'd get erased.) So....I made this geared towards the extreme beginner. You can use the basics I gave you here to customize how you want to find your tools. Enjoy!

Multi-Subject Collections

:star: Tutorials by tgfcoder:

Gimpsentials Tutorial Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4

Anime and Manga with The GIMP: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Separating Lineart in The GIMP: Part 1 and Part 2

Quickmasking in The GIMP

Newsprint effect basics

:star: Tutorials by istarlome:

planetary rings using gimp

rainbow-negative effect: gimp

lettering tut in gimp

photo to painting in gimp

Creating a Floor Tile in Gimp

retro comicbook effect in gimp

ripped metal effect in gimp

distressed on wood or metal

newsprint painting

cardboard effect in gimp

Halftone Effect in Gimp: Part 1 and Part 2

better cloth or canvas in gimp

:star: Tutorials by fence-post:

Tut:Animated Kaleidoscope GIMP
-In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an animated kaleidoscope using GIMP and the GIMP Animation Package (GAP).

Tech-Style Background in GIMP

GIMP Scripting 101

GIMP Scripts "Mad Lib" Style

Image Mosaic Tutorial

GIMP Stamp Effect Tutorial

Retro Backgrounds in GIMP

Simple Watermarking in GIMP

Hidden Watermarks in GIMP

GIMP Crazy Sphere 1

Lord of the Rings Text in GIMP

Animated Path Stroking in GIMP

Creating Denim in GIMP

Flowing Water in GIMP

Satin Texture in GIMP

Tut: Animations in Animation

GIMP Matrix - No PS Filters

GIMP Matrix Effect Part I

GIMP Matrix Effect Part II

Melt Me GIMP Animation

Flash Text with GIMP GAP 2

Tut - Pixel Stretch Animation

Adding Video to GIMP Projects

Animated Snowfall in GIMP GAP

Smudge Brushing in GIMP

Handwritten Text in GIMP

PS Filter Workaround in GIMP

GIMP Animated Border Highlight

Creating a Box Sig in GIMP

Creating GIMP Brushes: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Image in Text for GIMP

GIMP Paths: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

GIMP Fade Between Images

Flash Text with GIMP GAP

GIMP Stereogram Creation: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

GIMP Selective Color Removal

Animating a Flag in GIMP

Lightning in GIMP

Morphing Images in GIMP

Fit Text to Uneven Surfaces

GIMP Photomanipulation

Background Removal Using Paths

New Text Highlight - No GAP

More Tutorials

pixel shading - the horse by TackRack
-this took me about 2 hours. less than i thought. i used GIMP 2.6, which is free. so everyone can do this! i hope it's not too confusing. i tried to be clear and simple. tell me what you think! questions? please ask.


GIMP tubes avi tutorial by feniksas4
-Only for noncommercial use. This tutorial about tubes brushes use in GIMP.

Advanced Brush-Making Tut GIMP by LightningIsMyName
-Brush Making tutorial for GIMP! (Recomended for GIMP 2.4 or higher.) I saw some cool brushes and tried to make some too and this was my result.


Lineart tutorial for GIMP by pheona
-This is a little over three thousand pixels tall, so beware dial-uppers. I hope this helps some people.


GIMP Coloring Tutorial by Angela-T
-Well, people have been asking for a coloring tutorial for GIMP, so yesterday I spent all day making one... I hope this helps. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Digital Color en GIMP by cinetico
-Hola, bueno aqui pongo el LINK para poder ingresar a la web, donde esta este tutorial de coloreado en GIMP.
This a website, of coloring tutorial GIMP (sorry, my English is Bad).

Using The GIMP :: Soft-Shading by saphiremomo
-Anyway.... this is a tutorial that was kinda requested by Calypso, since she so wants to learn how to cell shade. So I searched for cell-shading tutorials, and found very few (AKA NONE) that went into detail on how they cell-shade. So I made this. I don't know if it's any better, but I hope it helps all the GIMP-users out there!

Cell AND Soft shade in GIMP by pheona
-Finally I found some time and finished this. I hope it helps some of y'all that asked for it. Soft on the left and cell on the right.

Coloring: Cell Shading

Using The GIMP :: Cell-shading by saphiremomo
-Anyway.... this is a tutorial that was kinda requested by Calypso, since she so wants to learn how to cell shade. So I searched for cell-shading tutorials, and found very few (AKA NONE) that went into detail on how they cell-shade. So I made this. I don't know if it's any better, but I hope it helps all the GIMP-users out there!


Basic dA Emote tute for GIMP by MissLittlewood
-As there is not one for GIMP (that i am aware of - please correct me if im wrong) i offered to make one! Hope people find it useful and can understand it!

GIMP: Basic Emoticon Animation by Deviant-Footballer
~Alright, my first tutorial! I hope I covered everything decently. It covers basic emoticon animation in the GIMP :heart:

A few things to note--

:bulletred: I want to give credit to whoever made the tutorial where I found the (replace) hint. I can't find it again, but whoever posted it is awesome!
:bulletred: If ever I make another tutorial, I will try to have less words and more screenshots. Yeah...
:bulletred: visibilty of layers only involves visibilty in the process of making. Whether the layers are visible or not, they will be in the final animation.
:bulletred: With that being said, make sure you delete the base layer (or whatever you want to call it) so it doesn't interrupt the animation!
:bulletred: EXPERIMENT! Play around! Be fearless! The best way to learn new things is to butcher stuff first! I MEAN *AHEM* it's okay to deviate from this way or the "standard" way of making emoticons (if there is such a thing as a standard way lol).
:bulletred: I'm NOT an emoticonist. I just get ideas and inspirations from the world around me and from the awesome pixel artists and emoticonists on deviantart!
:bulletred: If you have any questions, feel free to ask; can't guarantee that I will have the answer. If not, I could look into it, or you could ask any of the emoticonists of DA! They're very friendly and will surely answer your question!
:bulletred: If an emoticonist happens to see this.... um.... Feel free to correct me or add something to this. I'm not an emoticonist, or a pixel artist, I'm just setting a basis. I like coming up with things in my spare time. So......

I've seen a few times (combine) typed at the end of layers, if anyone has information about that, feel free to share!

Thank you. Hope this helps. Good luck!

Quick Emote Tutorial for Gimp by ninjapengui
-Quick little tutorial on how to make a basic emote in the program gimp. No bells and whistles, just what you need to do. Be sure to experiment! That's the best thing you can do when making emotes.

Basic Emote Animation Tutorial by ninjapengui
-I was going to have this and advanced techniques in the same tutorial, but the file was just getting way too big.


Animation in the Gimp: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 by Chisaku
-Edited tutorial for animating in the Gimp. Hope you enjoy!

Gimp Animation Mini Tutorial by princess-phoenix
-I was requested to make an animation tutorial for GIMP and so I decided to give it a try. I know there are tutorials like this already on DA, but one more wouldn't hurt I guess?

It's a mini tutorial, it doesn't show everything, but it is something you can use to get the basics down. This is also the first real tutorial I've ever made, so any helpful comments and critiques are welcome! Also feel free to point out mistakes and such, no one here wanted to proof read it for me. T_T

.GIF Animation Tutorial by recursiveLoop
-If you're interested in making animations like this one: [link] , please take a look at this tutorial.

Click download to get the full tutorial pdf. The tutorial itself is 7 pages, but I've included lots of images to hep illustrate the process. If you use this tutorial please let me know what you think! It's the first tutorial I've ever written, so any suggestions on improving it would be great.

The .gif format is the most widely supported type of animated image. It's not as resource-heavy as flash animation, but of course it lacks the interactive capabilities of flash. These .gif animations can be easily viewed using Mozilla Firefox, and can be inserted into a webpage just as easily as a .jpg, without fear that someone won't be able to see it. These points make knowing how to create animated .gif's very useful.

Please note that this tutorial is written for the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) version 2.6. If you don't have GIMP already and you want to follow this tutorial as is, visit [link] This program is an open source project, and as such is freely available for most operating systems. While the techniques detailed here will translate to other programs like Photoshop, the tools available and menu structures are different, so the specific steps probably won't make sense.

GIMP Animation Tutorial by EternalWolfDragon
-A quick tutorial on how to make animated GIFs in GIMP. If you still have any questions, leave a comment.

Animation Tutorial for GIMP by Dawn-Shade
-Now, featuring on animation making in GIMP. Enjoy!

The GIMP Animation Tutorial by orange-fire-demon
-Yay! Finally done! I made this for ~kigaromaru and ~Nareya althoug they are going to have to try to apply it to Photoshop. It shouldn't be too hard but I've never tried. I always apply Photoshop tutorials to The GIMP though no problem so it should be fine.

How to Animate Pixel Art by Tinka-Bell
-Okay - 1. sorry about the huge size - there's a lot more to say that I first thought!

2. This is my first tutorial so I don't know if I've left anything out or it's not very clear, but if that is the case: tell me and I will try to fix that. (nothing worse than a tut you can't understand >.>;)

3. Have fun!

Gimp Tutorial: Animations by Kiza-San
-As you can see, I obviously added more layers to enhance what I so badly explained.

Making Simple Animations by Splinks
-THIS IS ALL I USE. Both programs are free and the camera is just a simple $70-$90 (depending where you live) Wal-Mart camera. Now some may ask how I use this equipment to make an animation...Well Guess What I'm here to give you my personal and simplest steps on how to make a simple video animation. Hope this helps you all.

GIMP Animation Tutorial by Balacenia
-This rudimentary tutorial requested by :iconshortfusethelonewolf:'s brother and :icondoomycaffei:
(I'm really not very skilled at this tutorial thing)
Ok, not making super-duper animations, just demonstrating the way to animate using gimp. We will....write a word!

Animated Avie in GIMP Tutorial by
-Thanks to Zack for giving me something to use to make a tutorial
yeah, it sucks, but maybe you people new to GIMP animation cane use it for something or other.

GIMP Animation Tutorial by 12hc12
-The tutorial starts AFTER you have created something to animate, so this is useless for those of you who can't make emotes or pixel art. Maybe I'll make a tutorial for that later. This goes through the process of animating, including both methods of animating, layer naming, and the final touches.

Gimp Animation Tutorial by AleriaCarventus
-Made at the behest of *Falcolf. Hope it makes sense to everyone. Sorry for the huge file.
Animation Tutorial For GIMP by Raimundo44
-GIMP is really good at .gif animations, and it's really easy too! Here is a brief tutorial to show you how.

GIMP animtion tutorial by anime-freak-trish
-TAA DAA! A tutorial on how to animate on GIMp with your Host.


GIMP Photomanipulation by fence-post
-In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a simple photomanipulation signature using GIMP.

Removing Backgrounds Using Gimp by liamgorham
-My first Deviant upload and first tutorial as well. Hope this helps some people.

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Hello, I am a new user of GIMP and I am having an issue.

I have added a new layer to a picture so I can draw on it, however I can't draw or paint or do anything on the layer, the tool settings are fine, opacity is on, there is no lock on the layer, but for some reason it won't let me...

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)