The Save as command
displays the “File Save” dialog.
In its basic form, as shown below, this gives you a text box
to assign a name to the file, and a drop-down list of bookmarks
to select a directory to save it in. Normally the file
format is determined by the extension you use in the file name
(i.e., .jpg for a JPEG file). You can use the Select File
Type option expander to pick a different file type, but you
should avoid doing this unless absolutely necessary, to avoid
If the directory you want is not in the list of bookmarks, click on
Browse for other folders
to expand the dialog to its full form. You can find an explanation of
the layout, and help on creating and using bookmarks, in the
If you saved the image previously and don't need to change the file name
or any of the options, you can use the
Save command instead.
Activating the Command
You can access this command from the image menubar through
or by using the keyboard shortcut
The Basic “Save as” Dialog
There are two different forms of the Save as
dialog. The simple form only lets you type in the filename and
choose the directory the file should be saved in. If the folder
you want is not on the list, you can type in the path to the
directory, along with the filename. You can also click on the small
triangle to display the full folder browser. You can also choose
the image format, by selecting the file extension (e.g., .xcf or
The basic “File Save” dialog
The “Save” Dialog with a Browser
The “Save” Dialog (Browser)
The left panel is divided into two parts. The upper part lists
your main directories and your storage devices; you cannot modify
this list. The lower part lists your bookmarks; you can add or
remove bookmarks. To add a
bookmark, select a directory or a file in the middle panel
and click on the Add button at the bottom
of the left
panel. You can also use the Add to bookmarks
command in the context menu, which you get by clicking the
right mouse button. You can delete a bookmark by selecting
it and clicking on the Remove button.
The middle panel displays a list of the files in the
current directory. Change your current directory by double
left-clicking on a directory in this panel. Select a file with a
single left click. You can then save to the file you have selected by
clicking on the Save button. Note that a
double left click saves the file directly.
You can right click on the middle panel to access the
Show Hidden Files command.
The selected image is displayed in the Preview
window if it is an image created by
GIMP. File size,
resolution and the image's composition are displayed below
the preview window.
If your image has been modified by another program,
click on the preview to update it.
Enter the filename of the new image file here.
If the image has already been saved,
GIMP suggests the same filename to
you. If you click on Save, the file
This drop-down list is only available in the basic form of the
dialog. It provides a list of bookmarks for selecting a directory
in which to save your file.
Above the middle panel, the path of the current directory is
displayed. You can navigate along this path by clicking on one of
If you want to save the image into a folder that doesn't yet
exist, you can create it by clicking on
Create Folder and following the instructions.
This button shows All Files by default. This
means that all file types will be displayed in the middle panel,
even if they are not images. You can filter
the list for a particular file type.
At Determine File Type, you have to select
the file format for saving the file. If you select
By Extension, the file type is determined
by the extension you add to the name, for example,
“.jpg” for JPEG format.
To preserve all the components of your image when you
save it — the layers, channels, etc. — use ".xcf" format,
which is the GIMP's native