GIMP Toolbox

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Image – GIMP Toolbox

GIMP Toolbox is a collection of icons that represent different tools. Left-click on any icon to activate or use a keyboard shortcut. Get familiar with each icon in the GIMP toolbox and unlock the magic of these settings. Using the ‘Selection Tools’, select an area from the active layer of images you wish to work on without affecting the unselected areas. When areas have been selected, the selection takes place with the current layer. With Layers, the image is broken in separate parts stacked one on another. Each tool has options and features. The dialogue ‘Transform Toolbox’ helps to modify the presentation of the image, its elements, selection, layer or path. The ‘Brush Tools’ contains tools for painting including copying, erasing, smudging, lightening or darkening options. ‘Miscellaneous’ includes tools not found in any of the above types. They are Paths, Zoom, Color Picker, Text, Measure, Levels, & Curves.

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Adobe Spark

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Image – Adobe Spark Post, Page and Videos.

Adobe Spark (AS) is a multifaceted tool used to create stories, graphics, and animated videos. Post your projects on the web for marketing, education, and training. Create your projects using Spark- Post, Page, and Video. Know the differences between a post, video, and page. The three applications help you to create visual content. Create posts with multiple images and find icons and images, and format text. Use different features and themes available within AS. With the software, work with animated text and backgrounds, insert videos and add music & narration. Content creation for posting on your website, social media, and educational training systems. Upload content to Spark, add videos, buttons, and links to pages.

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GIMP: Introduction

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Image: GIMP: Introduction

Download GIMP to get started. GIMP is a free open source image editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux. In GIMP: Introduction, get conversant about the interface which consists of a Toolbox, Image Window, and a Doc Window. In the Toolbox, the tools carry out a variety of operations. The Image Window is for drawing & editing. In the Doc Window or Layer Option, the toolbar list all functions such as setting layers, paths and more. To increase the pace of your workflow and utilize the potential of GIMP to the fullest extent, familiarize yourself with the keyboard shortcuts.

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Optimize Images for Web

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Image – Optimize Images for Web

To optimize images for web many tools and programs are available both free and paid. Photo editing software such as GIMP (free) or Photoshop (paid) etc allows you to do your own optimization. Tools such as Optimzilla (free) or kraken.io (free & paid version) etc do the work for you. With optimize images for the web, one has to strike a balance between quality and compression. The higher the quality, the lower is the loading of images on the web because of the file size.

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