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The Book of GIMP by Karine Delvare, Olivier Lecarme

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20.3 GIMP’s Native Formats

In GIMP, a work in progress often includes multiple layers, transparency, and an active selection. It might also have layer masks, channels containing saved selections, and paths. It probably also includes undo history. Anything you can do in GIMP can be represented by the native format, XCF. A native format is a file structure designed specifically for a piece of software.

GIMP also has tools for defining new brushes, patterns, palettes, and gradients. Each of those also has a native format in GIMP. You can download custom brushes, patterns, palettes, and gradients from the Web or even create your own and post them for other users to download. We show you how in Chapter 22.

XCF

XCF is GIMP’s most important native format. ...

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