9.1 The Main Windows

Once GIMP is installed on your computer, you can open it as you do other applications, via a shortcut or a menu. The first thing you see when you start GIMP is the splash window, followed by the main windows: the Image window, the Toolbox window, and the multi-dialog window.

The splash window is an image that’s shown while GIMP loads. It changes with each version of GIMP and is a quick way to check which version is currently installed on your computer. The splash also displays updates on the loading process. When the splash window disappears, GIMP’s three main windows appear. By default, these windows appear as shown in Figure 9-1. If your screen is smaller than 1440 × 900 pixels, the two vertical windows will be shorter. If ...

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