Thursday, April 25, 2013

Handy GIMP shortcuts


I use the GIMP for my work, and I've found that these are the keyboard shortcuts that I use the most. Use them as combos! Try adding ctrl and shift to more tools and see what you get!

Start-up Stuff:

  • Ctrl+1 (,2,3,4,5) = Open the first document in document history (the most recent document you worked on) –or the second-most recent, or the third, and so on up to 9.
  • Ctrl+O = Open
  • Ctrl+S = Save
  • Ctrl+Shift+S = Save as... (aka “Save a copy”)
  • Ctrl+D = Duplicate the current image into a new file
  • Ctrl+E = Export
  • Ctrl+Shift+E = Export to a different file name
  • Ctrl+N = New document
  • Ctrl+Shift+N = New Layer

Tools:

  • N = Pencil
  • P = Paintbrush
  • X = Switch BG and FG colors
  • O = eyedropper (color-picker)
  • Ctrl while using pencil or paintbrush = eyedropper
  • Shift+E = Eraser
  • Shift+B = Fill Bucket
  • [ = Shrink brush size
  • ] = Increase brush size

Manipulation:

  • Ctrl+C = Copy
  • Ctrl+X = Cut
  • Ctrl+V= Paste (but then you have to Anchor it—by mouse-click or by the button underneath the layers)
  • Page Up = Move up a layer
  • Page Down = Move down a layer

Selections:

  • Ctrl+A = Select all 
  • R = Rectangle (and E = Ellipse but I rarely use it)
  • U = Magic Wand (select a contiguous section)
  • Shift+O = Select by color (VERY handy!)
  • F = Free-hand select (lasso)
  • While using ANY selection tool:
    • Shift = add to selection
    • Ctrl = subtract from selection
    • Ctrl+Shift = Intersect with current selection (in other words: “only select inside what is already selected”—helpful for fine-tuning selections by color, for example)
    • Ctrl+I = invert selection

View:

  • + = Zoom in
  • - = Zoom out
  • Space Bar(+mouse move) = Move around the image
  • 1 = 100% view

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