GIMP: How to Add and Clip Papers in a Template

If you are just starting out with digital scrapbooking or maybe don’t want to spend any money on software, then GIMP is likely the program for you! It’s a great alternative to Photoshop. It can even been taken anywhere with you as a portable app on a USB drive!

We will start with GIMP 2.6. This program is considered a great alternative to Photoshop. In fact, that is one of the reasons I picked it and eventually used it for almost 5 years before switching to Photoshop. The best thing I love about GIMP is that I can use the PSD templates without any conversation. I’ll show you want I mean!

First, let’s pick a template. How about one from Tiny Two Turtles’ Success pack?

Click on File – Open then navigate to the PSD template you want and click OK. Your template pops up in the window ready to use.

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You can click and drag your paper directly into the GIMP window.

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You may get a pop up asking about color profile and if you want to convert. Select Yes.

Here is how your window should look. The paper you dropped in will be a new layer with the filename as the title.

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If you want to “clip” the paper to one of the layers, you would do the same and drop the paper in as a new layer. From there, right-click on the layer you want to clip the paper to and select “Alpha to Selection”. You’ll see the dancing line around the layer you selected.

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Then select the paper layer you dropped in and select Edit-Copy (or you can type Ctrl-C).

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Hide the paper layer by clicking on the Eye in Layers-Brushes window.

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Then select the layer you want to paste the paper to and select Edit-Paste (or Ctrl-V). Your paper will show up in the layer. You’ll see that a new layer called “Floating Selection (Pasted Layer)”. It’s a temporary floating layer until you “anchor” it. Either click on the anchor below the list of layers or click on the template (with the mouse arrow & anchor symbol). The floating layer will disappear and your paper is now clipped to the layer selected.

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And that is how you add and clip papers in a template using GIMP.

Ophelia James headshotThis post was written by Ophelia James.

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