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Making a crop of an image in GIMP

Post#1 by trandoductin » 07 Oct 2016, 17:59

This tutorial shows you how to make your own crop of an image.
As an example, we'll be using this image found here --> Halong bay, Vietnam image
1. Open up the image in GIMP (click menu "File", then "Open" and browse to the image file then click "Open").
making_a_crop_01_open_image.png # (806.09 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
2. Click "Rectangle Select Tool".
making_a_crop_02_click_rectangle_select_tool.png # (29.65 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
3. This step is optional. Under "Tool Options" (if you don't have it open already, go to menu "Windows", then "Dockable Dialogs", then "Tool Options"), click on "No guides" drop down box and select a guide of your choice for referencing while we select an area. Here, we're using "Rule of thirds".
making_a_crop_03_tool_options_No_guides_Rule_of_thirds.png # (23.43 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
4. Now click on the image and drag from once corner to the opposite corner generally of an area we want to crop to.
making_a_crop_04_click_and_drag_from_one_corner_to_opposite_corner_to_select_rectangle.png # (805.27 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
5. A rectangle is selected. You can edit this rectangle by clicking and dragging a corner (using the square controls in each corner). Or if you move your mouse close to a side of rectangle, rectangle controls will show up and you can click and drag editing the side(s) of the selected rectangle. Because we selected "Rule of thirds" as guide (in step 3.), we see our rectangle divided into thirds horizontally and vertically which we can use to eyeball where we want the boat to fit in.
making_a_crop_05_rectangle_selected_with_guides_shown_edit_by_dragging_corners_or_sides.png # (373.76 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
6. Once you're happy with the area selected. Click menu "Image", then "Crop to Selection".
making_a_crop_06_Image_Crop_to_Selection.png # (28.44 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
7. Image will be cropped down to your selection.
making_a_crop_07_Cropped_Result.png # (341.72 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
8. Now you can go to menu "File", then "Save As..." to save your work as an .xcf file to work with later in GIMP. Or you can go to menu "File", then "Export As..." (on Windows) to export the cropped result as an image file (for example a .png file or a .jpg file).

Here's a comparison of before and after crop of our image.
making_a_crop_08_Comparison_of_before_and_after_crop.png # (648.99 KiB) Viewed 941 times (Watermarked | Thumbnail)
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