Creating a New Image

Figure 3.57

The New Image window

Figure 3.57

The New Image window

The image menu's File > New menu item enables you to create a new, empty image document. If you select this menu item, the Create a New Image dialog opens. Enter the image size. The values for width and height are not linked in this case. Select the desired measuring unit if you prefer not to work with pixels. Alternatively, you can select a predefined size from the Template drop-down list.

Click the plus sign + in front of Advanced Options to select a resolution for your image. The values for X and Y resolution are linked.

In the Color space item under Advanced Options, you would normally select RGB color. Grayscale is used for black-and-white or grayscale images. However, it is often preferable to use the RGB color space for grayscale images as well because the RGB option supports all of GIMP's features.

Fill with provides you four options to choose from: the foreground and background colors as shown in the Toolbox as well as white and transparent. Select Transparent if you wish to create an empty layer.

You can use the Comment text field to write a descriptive comment. The text will be attached invisibly to the image file.

3.9 CREATING AND EDITING IMAGE E L E M E N T S — LI G H T I N G EFFECTS AND SHADOW LAYERS

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