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Grokking The Gimp
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1.1 Introducing the GIMP Windows and Dialogs

This section gives an overview of the the main features of the GIMP windows and dialogs. The GIMP windows fall into four main categories. They are the Toolbox window; the image window; the Layers, Channels, and Paths dialogs; and the dialogs for selecting colors, brushes, patterns, gradients, and palettes. Each of these is briefly introduced in the following sections.

1.1.1 The Toolbox

Figure  1.1(a)

Figure 1.1: The Toolbox Window
Figure 1.1

illustrates the Toolbox window.   This window is the first to appear when the GIMP is run. It consists of 27 Toolbox function icons; the File and Xtns pull-down menus; and the Active Foreground Color, Active Background Color, Default Colors, Swap Colors, Active Brush, Active Pattern, and Active Gradient icons. The function icons are each named in the figure shown on page  [*], and their uses are discussed in various places in this book.

Almost all the tools in the Toolbox have options. Double-clicking on a tool brings up its Tool Options dialog . Once opened, the dialog remains open until it is explicitly closed, supplying the interface for the tool options in use at the moment. Changing tools automatically changes the Tool Options dialog, if its window is open. This dialog can also be invoked with Toolbox:File/Dialogs/Tool Options or by typing C-S-t in the Toolbox window. Figure  1.1(b) shows the Tool Options dialog for the Gradient tool.

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