Understanding the GIMP Screen Layout
Figure 7-1 shows the screen layout of GIMP. When it first opens, the large area in the middle is empty, with a picture of Wilber, the GIMP mascot, in the background. We’ve used the File menu in the top left to open a photo for editing, which you can see in the center pane.
Across the top of the screen is a bar with menus for File, Edit, Select, View, Image, Layer, Colours, Tools, Filters, Windows, and Help. You can browse these menus to get an idea of what the program can do, and to find options quickly if you don’t know what icons they use on the toolbar.
On the left is a pane that contains icons for the different tools at the top and the tool options at the bottom. When you roll the cursor over a tool’s icon, a tooltip pops up to tell you what it does. When you click a tool to select it, the options at the bottom of the pane change depending on the tool you’re using. For example, if you’re using the paintbrush, the options cover properties such as opacity and the brush type.
The pane on the ...