Monday, February 7, 2011

Capture a screen image in GIMP

GIMP has a useful tool to capture a screen image so that you can edit it or just save it as a JPEG (xxx.JPG) file on your computer. Have the image you want to capture in a separate window where you can drag the cursor into the window. Then open the GIMP application and click on the pulldown tab FILE.

Click on CREATE and on the submenu click on SCREEN IMAGE.
Have both windows open and showing on your monitor so that you can work with both windows. You have to be able to see some "cross hairs or a large plus sign" in the small GIMP window. Keep that window where you can click on it.  The window you want to capture in GIMP should be next to it on the screen.  Drag the cross hairs from the GIMP window to the window you want to capture. Release the mouse and presto! You have the image in GIMP, ready top edit, save or whatever you want to do.


To save as a JPEG file, move your mouse over the FILE tab, click SAVE and select the file format, enter the file name and locate the folder you wish to receive the file in the submenu. Then save the file. Bingo!  

Converting BMP file to JPEG in GIMP

GIMP is a wonderful open tool that is completely free for downloading. It is very versatile and useful for amateurs and enthusiasts alike.

Conversion of a file from BMP to JPEG (xxx.JPG) is easy to do in GIMP. A free alternative is the Windows PAINT application (recent Windows versions).

After opening GIMP, click on pulldown tab FILE and click OPEN. On my version it is the third selectable on the menu. Now find your BMP file on the computer, select it and click OPEN. 

On the same pulldown tab, click SAVE. You have the option to save in several formats. Pick JPG. It is just that easy!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Welcome to Randy's Photography Place

I often need an outlet, a place to tell the story of the photographer, a place where I can help people and share information, a place that can have useful photography information as a reference. Technology is broad and deep; experiences are many and diverse. So I hope this provides my readers with useful information as time progresses. I will also link to other photographers and their advice from here. Enjoy!