2.3. Create

Figure 15.7. The Create submenu

The “Create” submenu

This menu item replaces the Acquire menu which existed in GIMP previous versions in the Toolbox Menu and contains a lot of logos, buttons, patterns...

These commands vary somewhat, depending upon your system, since the GIMP makes calls to system functions.

2.3.1. Activate the Submenu

  • You can access this submenu from the Image menu bar through FileCreate

2.3.2. From Clipboard

When you copy a selection, it goes into the clipboard. Then you can create a new image with it.

This command has the same action as the Paste as new command.

The Print Screen keyboard key captures the screen and puts it in the clipboard. This command has the same action as taking a screenshot of the entire screen in the Screenshot dialog window. The Alt+Print Screen key combination grabs the active window in the screen with its decorations and puts it in the clipboard.

2.3.3. Screenshot

Figure 15.8. The Screenshot window

The “Screenshot” window

The Screenshot command opens a dialog with two parts:

Take a screenshot of a single window

The mouse pointer becomes a cross. Click in the image window you want to capture. A new image is created. If the Include window decoration option is unchecked, the title bar and the blue frame around the image will be removed.

Take a screenshot of the entire screen

This is useful if you want to capture a pop menu. A delay is then necessary, so that you have time to pull the pop menu down.

If the Include mouse pointer option is checked, then the mouse pointer and its coming with icon are also captured. The mouse pointer is captured in a separate layer. So you can move it to another place in the image.

Select a region to grab

The mouse pointer becomes a cross. Click and drag to create a rectangular selection in the image window. This selection will be opened as a new image. Its size is adapted to the selection size.


When taking a screenshot of the entire screen, the screen is captured after this delay. In the other cases, the mouse pointer turns to a cross after this delay.

2.3.4. Image capture devices

This item is present only if you have installed image capture devices.

Figure 15.9. Scanner and Camera

Scanner and Camera

The kinds of devices used to take pictures are too varied to be described here. Fortunately, their use is fairly intuitive. In the example shown, you can start a scanner or take an image with a webcam.

2.3.5. Buttons, Logos, Patterns, Web Page Themes

An impressive list of script-fus. Have a look at it!