Why Can't I Save This?

So you're making this fabulous creation and you now want to save your work, but it won't let you, you get an error.  You ask yourself "why can't I save an image with Gimp?" and you get frustrated.  Well, Gimp is a little different than Photoshop when it comes to saving.  It gives you drop down options of where to save but not how to save.  The answer is really simple:  when you save, you also have to save the extension.  If you want it as a jpeg, you save as title.jpg, as a png you save as title.png, same for gif, psd (photoshop document), or xcf (gimp version of a psd), etc.  Simple but not obvious.  Does that help? Yay!! LOL =)

UPDATE June 2012:  Most of my tuts are made with Gimp 2.2 in mind but now in 2012 we are up to 2.7, things have changed a bit.  Gimp now, inconveniently, saves as a default of .xcf, so in order to save as a .jpg or any other extension you need to go to File> Export.  If it's already the file you need and you just want to overwrite, choose overwrite.  If your save was successful the info on the top left of your image box will read as Untitled (exported), if it didn't save it will still say "imported".  Until you are used to this method, have the folder open where you are saving your images to make sure it appears before closing the image.  When you close it will say you have unsaved changes, even after you have "exported", simply because you didn't save it as .xcf.  I prefer 2.2 and have managed to get many new tools to work.  I do have 2.7 on another computer. Goes to show you, keep a back up copy of older executable files in case you want to revert back to a different version. There is a site called "Older Version" where you can get these files.  Good luck and happy gimping!

Big Huge Labs

I've shared this site wherever I go because it's a great tool, a great place to start when you are choosing a palette from a single photo, and then they have great on-site apps where you can download or screenshot your creation. If you haven't used Big Huge Labs, go there now!

For those that are new and don't know what I mean by choosing a palette - this is the color scheme you can use if you are creating items to scrapbook your page with and you want them to match. I like doing this as a foundation then introducing other items of other colors.

If you are using Gimp, simply make a screenshot after you create your palette and then use the color picker in Gimp to transfer your colors to the color box. Note: you may want to save this screenshot for later reference.

If you don't know how to do a screenshot, here's how:

1. Adjust the item on the screen so you can see all of the content you want to copy.

2. Look in the upper right of  the keyboard for a key titled "prt sc" or "prt scr".  Note* My keyboard has a box around it so I have to hold down the function key "fn" and "prt sc" at the same time.  Some keyboards you have to hold control "ctrl" and "prt sc" at the same time and rarely you don't need to hold down any key but "prt sc".

3. To test this out in Gimp, with Gimp open in the main toolbox window go to File> Acquire> From Clipboard.  Note* When you do this, you'll see Gimp offers other screenshot options.  I'm not going to go into detail on how to do those, I'll let you play with them on your own.  I like this method since I often take a quick screenshot and dump it into MS Paint. 

4. A window should have opened with your new image.  If it didn't, chose a different key combination from Step #2.

5. Crop your image and make other alterations you wish and be sure to save.

Mac: [I do not use a Mac, never have.]
Go to About.com here for instructions.