This post was published at 22 May 2017


GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a software to edit digital images with form bitmaps.

GIMP by default is installed in linux systems, but you can install:

sudo apt-get install gimp



GIMP provide a list of shortcuts to manages the GUI making editing images easy and simple:

  • Help Menu
    • F1 Help
    • Shift+F1 Context Help


  • Files
    • Ctrl+N New image
    • Ctrl+O Open image
    • Ctrl+Alt+O Open image as new layer
    • Ctrl+D Duplicate image
    • Ctrl+X Open recent image X
    • Ctrl+S Save image
    • Shift+Ctrl+S Save under a new name
    • Ctrl+Q Quit
  • Toolbox
    • R Rect Select
    • E Ellipse Select
    • F Free Select
    • U Fuzzy Select
    • Shift+O Select By Color
    • I Scissors I
    • B Paths
    • O Color Picker
    • M Move
    • Shift+C Crop and Resize
    • Shift+R Rotate
    • Shift+T Scale
    • Shift+S Shear
    • Shift+P Perspective
    • Shift+F Flip
    • T Text
    • Shift+B Bucket Fill
    • L Blend
    • N Pencil
    • P Paintbrush
    • Shift+E Eraser
    • A Airbrush
    • K Ink
    • C Clone
    • V Convolve
    • S Smudge
    • Shift+D Dodge/Burn
    • X Swap Colors
    • D Default Colors


Using GIMP

This is my original image, my hamster Rapidash:


Then, pressing f, we can set points to cut image:


Next, create a new window, we choose transparency:


Then, cut and paste in the new window:


With Ctrl+B we can show the right menu and Ctrl+Shift+B left menu


Finally, we add backgraound image like: