Create a new image from a screenshot in GIMP 2

March 28, 2010 in Tutorials by Tom Henderson

I have been using Adobe Photoshop since 1998, when I used Photoshop 4. Several years ago, I upgraded to Photoshop 7 at home. At my 9-to-5 job, I have used Photoshop 7, CS 3, and most recently CS 4.

When using Photoshop every day, there are a lot of things you take for granted… like the ability to grab a quick screenshot of a page, and open that screenshot as a new image in Photoshop.

The step-by-step process is:

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Open the page (i.e Web site) you want to record an image of
  3. Press “Print Screen”button,  (toward the upper right of your keyboard), to capture the image to RAM memory
  4. In Photoshop, use the keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl+N … Enter … Ctrl+V (or the long way: select File… New… click OK to accept the image size, select Edit Paste…)

Having found myself in the position of being  unable to install Photoshop 4… and upgrading it to Photoshop 7 on my new Windows 7, 64 bit computer, I turned to “The Gimp” to do some quick image editing.

I went to the page I wanted to capture, depressed Print Screen, opened The Gimp (version 2.6.7), clicked File… New… and up popped a screen ready to create an image of the size 10 x 200… not the size of the screenshot I had just taken, but the size of another image I currently had open. So, how do you create a new image from the screenshot you just took using The Gimp?

The step-by-step process using GIMP 2:

  1. Open GIMP 2
  2. Open the page (i.e Web site) you want to record an image of
  3. Press “Print Screen”button,  (toward the upper right of your keyboard), to capture the image to RAM memory
  4. In GIMP 2, use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Ctrl+V (or the long way: select File… Create… From Clipboard…)

With this revelation, I’m one step closer to never having to purchase another version of Adobe Photoshop… well… at least not until CS5 is released in another month or so.