How to use Gimp for beginners – Lesson 3 – Layers and Selections

In this tutorial, I explain how to use gimp for beginners. This video explains how layers work, and goes over some basic selection methods that will be built on in later lessons.

Gimp for Beginners Series

Lessons Shown in this Tutorial

This tutorial was made using Gimp 2.6. If you are running a different version some functions and methods, although slight, may be different. I recommend using the newest version of Gimp.

11 thoughts on “How to use Gimp for beginners – Lesson 3 – Layers and Selections

  1. Ah yes, nice intro to layers.
    Maybe you could add a level of complexity,
    where the cheese is too big to rotate
    without getting truncated.
    And how to fix it.

  2. Alex,

    well done! Your style of teaching is very easy to follow, and as a new gimper, I am able to follow your instructions easily and start to see results right away. Thank you so much.


  3. Made my first pic!! This was GREAT!! I have tried suff with “Paint” before – forget it. You are such a good teacher for one who has NO experience!! Can’t wait to learn more. Thank you so much for making this.

  4. Great job Alex, Wish ya good luck,I have one question, everytime i start gimp i must place the 3 windows in there place is there another way to do that one time without repition ?

  5. As a matter of fact there is. It’s a setting buried in the preferences window. Do this:

    click on edit>>>preferences
    under the Window management tab, check the “save window positions on exit” click on the “save window positions now” button just for good measure.

    I actually talk about the preferences window in lesson 2 which can be seen here:

    There is a lot of stuff in the preferences window that will make gimp run much faster on your computer, and I highly recommend checking out that video if you haven’t already.

  6. Hi Alex — great videos!! The only thing that didn’t work for me was holding control + shift to get the shapes to center on the guides — not a huge deal because I’m sure I’ll be able to eyeball it most of the time, but any ideas? Lynn

  7. It might be me but i cannot find the tutorials for the different picutures shown in the beginning of lesson 1. Could you point me the right direction please.
    Great tutorials – simple, clear and easy to understand. You make me want to use GiMp right away;

    1. You’re right, I should have these vidoes linked underneath the video on here as well as youtube. I went ahead and added the links to each lesson shown in the beginning of each tutorial. Thanks for the tip, and I hope it helps.

      Enjoy the tutorials!

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