Templates are templates for an image format to be created. GIMP offers you
a lot of templates and you can create your owns. When you create a New
image, you can access to the list of existing templates but you can't
manage them. The “Templates”
dialog allows you to manage all these templates.
The Templates dialog is a dockable dialog; see the section on Dialogs and Docking for help on
manipulating it. It can be activated in two ways:
From the Toolbox menu:
From an image menu:
Using the Templates dialog
You select a template by clicking on its icon. Right clicking reveals a
local menu that offers the same functions as buttons.
In the Tab menu for the Templates dialog, you can choose between
View as Grid and View as
List. In Grid mode, templates are laid out in a
rectangular array of identical icons (unless you gave them a
particular icon, as we will see later). Only the name of the
selected template is displayed. In List mode, they are lined up
vertically; icons are identical too; all names are displayed.
In this Tab menu, the Preview Size option allows
you to change the size of thumbnails.
Buttons at the bottom
The buttons at the bottom of the dialog allow you to operate on
templates in several ways:
Create a new image from the selected template
Clicking on this button opens the
Create a new image
on the model of the selected template.
Create a new template
Clicking on this button opens the
dialog, identical to the Edit Template dialog, that we will see
Duplicate the selected template
Clicking on this button opens the Edit Template dialog that we
are going to study now.
The dialog allows you to set the specifications of the selected template.
You can access to this editor by clicking on the
Edit Template button in the
In this text box, you can modify the displayed template name.
By clicking on this icon, you open a list of icons. You can choose
one of them to illustrate the selected template name.
Here you set the width and height of the new image. The
default units are pixels, but you can switch to some other
unit if you prefer, using the adjoining menu. If you do,
note that the resulting pixel size will be determined by
the X and Y resolution (which you can change in the
Advanced Options), and by the setting of "Dot for Dot",
which you can change in the View menu.
Please keep in mind, that every Pixel of an image is stored
in the memory. If you're creating large files with a high
density of pixels, GIMP will need some
time for every function you're applying to the image.
These buttons toggle between Portrait and Landscape mode.
Concretely, their effect is to exchange the values for
Width and Height. If the X and Y resolutions are
different (in Advanced Options), then these values are
exchanged also. On the right, image size, image resolution and
color space are displayed.
The Advanced Options dialog
These are options that will mainly be of interest to more advanced
X and Y resolution
These values come into play mainly in relation to
printing: they do not affect the size of the image in
pixels, but they determine its size on paper when
printed. They can also affect the way the image is
displayed on the monitor: if “Dot for Dot” is
in the View menu, then at 100% zoom,
GIMP attempts to display the image on the monitor at the
correct physical size, as calculated from the pixel
dimensions and the resolution. The display may not be
accurate, however, unless the monitor has been calibrated.
This can be done either when GIMP is installed, or from
the Display tab of
the Preferences dialog.
You can create the new image as either an RGB image or a grayscale
image. You cannot create an indexed image directly in this way, but
of course nothing prevents you from converting the image to indexed
mode after it has been created.
You have four choices for the solid color that will fill
the new image's background layer:
Foreground color, as shown in the Main
Background color, as shown in the Main
White, the more often used.
Transparent. If this option is chosen,
then the Background layer in the new image will be created
with an alpha channel; otherwise not.
You can write a descriptive comment here. The text will
be attached to the image as a “parasite”, and will be
saved along with the image by some file formats (but not
all of them).