dialog, you can
create a new empty image and set its
properties. The image is shown in a new image window.
You may have more than one image on your screen at the same time.
Activate the command
The “New Image” dialog
The “Template” dialog
Rather than entering all the values by hand, you can select some
predefined values for your image from a menu of templates, which
represent image types that are somewhat commonly useful. The
templates set values for the size, resolution, comments, etc. If
there is a particular image shape that you you use often and it
does not appear on the list, you can create a new template, using
the Templates dialog.
Here you set the Width and
Height of the new image. The
default units are pixels, but you can choose a different
unit if you prefer, using the adjoining menu. If you do,
note that the resulting pixel size is determined by
the X and Y resolution (which you can change in the
Advanced Options), and by setting
“Dot for Dot” in the
If no image is open, the “New” image is opened in
the empty image window, with the default size you have determined
in Edit/Preferences/Default Image.
If you open the “New”image when another is open (or
has been), then it is opened in another window, with the same
size as the first image.
Keep in mind that every pixel of an image is stored
in memory. If you create large files with a high pixel
density, GIMP will need a lot
of time and memory for every function you apply to the
There are two buttons which toggle between Portrait and Landscape
mode. What they actually do is to exchange the values for Width
and Height. (If the Width and Height are the same, these buttons
are not activated.) If the X and Y resolutions are not the same
(which you can set in Advanced Options), then these values are
also exchanged. On the right of the dialog, image size, screen
resolution and color space are displayed.
New Image dialog (Advanced Options)
The Advanced Options
are mostly of interest to more advanced GIMP
users. You can display these options by clicking on the small triangle
on the lower edge of the dialog window.
X and Y resolution
The values in the X resolution and
fields relate mainly to printing: they do not affect the size of
the image in pixels, but they may determine its physical size when
it is printed. The X and Y resolution values can determine how
pixels are translated into other measurement units, such as
millimeters or inches.
If you want to display the image on the screen at the
correct dimensions, select
GIMP is installed,
but if the image does not display at the correct size,
you may have to adjust the screen parameters in the
GIMP. You can do this in
Set the zoom factor to 100% to see the image at its true
screen size. The calibration of the screen size is normally
You can create the new image as either an RGB image or a grayscale
RGB color: The image is created in the
Red, Green, Blue color system, which is the one used by
your monitor or your television screen.
Grayscale: The image is created in
black and white, with various shades of gray. Aside from
your artistic interests, this type of image may be
necessary for some plug-ins. Nevertheless, the
GIMP allows you to change an
RGB image into grayscale, if you would like.
You cannot create an indexed image directly with this menu, but of
course you can always convert the image to indexed mode after it
has been created. To do that, use the
→ → command.
Here, you specify the background color that is used for
your new image. It is certainly possible to change the
background of an image later, too. You can find more information
about doing that in the
Fill the image with the current Foreground
color, shown in the Toolbox.
Fill the image with the current Background
color, shown in the Toolbox.
Fill the image with White.
Fill the image with Transparency.
If you choose this option, the image is created
with an alpha channel and the background is transparent.
The transparent parts of the image are then displayed
with a checkered pattern, to indicate the transparency.
You can write a descriptive comment here. The text is
attached to the image as a “parasite”, and
is saved with the image by some file formats (PNG, JPEG, GIF).