Saving Your Image

Now that you've finished editing the image, it's time to save it. In fact, you'd be wise to make a habit of saving any image you are planning to modify immediately after opening it. Just save it as a new file with its own filename. This preparatory step will ensure several things:

• Your original remains unchanged.

• You do not overwrite your original by mistake.

• You can save any desired change to the new image immediately.

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The File menu in the image window.

Figure 2.29

The File menu in the image window.

Figure 2.30

The simplest version of the Save Image dialog. The Save In Folder drop-down list lets you select a storage location from your main folders or Favorites. (Figure 2.31 shows the dialog with all panes open.)

Figure 2.30

The simplest version of the Save Image dialog. The Save In Folder drop-down list lets you select a storage location from your main folders or Favorites. (Figure 2.31 shows the dialog with all panes open.)

2.3 EDITING IMAGES IN GIMP

It is recommended that you use a file format such as XCF, TIFF, or PNG for your working image. These formats guarantee good image quality. Of course, if the image contains layers, GIMP will limit your format choice to XCF or PSD.

Compressed files in JPEG or GIF format should be created only as copies of the original or working image.

The submenus to save images are in the menu bar of the image window. The File menu offers four Save options: Save, Save As, Save a Copy, and Save as Template.

Save simply saves your modified image onto itself. The existing version will be overwritten. After you close the image, you cannot undo this process. I highly recommend saving your image whenever you modify it to your liking. This will ensure that you won't lose your work in case of a power outage or program crash.

Save as: Select this option if your image is new or if you want to save your image under a different filename and/or in a different file format.

Clicking the Save as menu item opens a new dialog window Save Image. Here you can enter a name and a filename extension for the image that you intend to save in the text field labeled Name. The Save in folder drop-down list displays the location where the last image you saved was stored. Click the arrow to display the options and select the folder you wish to store the image in. Click the + sign next to Browse for other folders to enlarge the window and to show the pane of the file browser, similar to the Open Image dialog. This file browser will let you find and select the folder you want to save your image in. Or you can create a new folder by clicking the Create Folder button. Clicking the + sign next to the Select File Type (By Extension) opens a drop-down list that lets you select a (different) file type for the image you intend to save.

Always choose a high-quality file format for saving and archiving your images. You can type in a filename extension or select a file type from the Select File Type (By Extension) drop-down list in the Save Image dialog. The list includes the XCF, TIFF, and PNG formats, all with compression. It is a good idea to create a separate folder for your exercises. (Just click the Create Folder button in the upper-right portion of the Save Image dialog.)

When you save your image, a new dialog box opens and gives you the option to export the image in the desired file format, depending on the format you selected. Click OK to proceed.

Another dialog will now prompt for desired image file attributes. For the TIFF format, select LZW Compression. This compression method is lossless and reduces the file size. The remaining format options should be selected only when you are saving them for your own use. If you want to pass the image on to other programs, you should be aware that not all programs support the other file formats or can even open them. Click OK to accept. Now your image is "in the can".

Figure 2.31

The Save Image dialog with all panes open.

Figure 2.31

The Save Image dialog with all panes open.

Figure 2.32

The TIFF saving option in GIMP

Figure 2.32

The TIFF saving option in GIMP

When you're exporting an image, the layers it contains can be merged into one background layer if you chose a file type (TIF, JPG, PNG, etc.) that is unable to save layers. After the image is exported, the modified image in the new file format will remain open in the image window.

Don't worry: If you saved your original image prior to changing the file attributes, it will not be overwritten. You can quickly reopen the original from within the Toolbox by selecting File > Open Recent. And remember, always save images with layers in a layer-enabled format (XCF or PSD).

The Save a Copy option differs from the Save /4s. The image will be saved as a copy in the desired file format within the selected storage location, but the original will remain open in the image window.

Finally, you should be aware that you can create templates for reuse with new images later on. For example, if you want to use the same dimensions, resolutions, background attributes, and file format for multiple graphics, creating a template will save you time. Save the settings for the first image by choosing the File > Save as Template menu item. To reuse the template with a new image, select the File > New menu item and refer to the Template option in the pop-up dialog.

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