Desktop Apps Training - GIMP


The Crop Tool

The Crop and Resize Tool that is in the Gimp Toolbox,performs functions that are explained in the name of the tool. Cropping an image is comparable to taking a pair of scissors and cutting out a portion of the image and throwing the rest away in the garbage.


Once the cropping an image is complete, the final region that was cut out is the only image that will be displayed on the canvas. In the Crop and Resize Options Box, a user is able to use the Tool Toggle options to choose if they want to Crop the image or Resize the image.

Notice in this example Crop is chosen.

Crop may be used to Crop only the Current Layer or to disallow enlarging the image.

As soon as the cropping of the image is started, the Gimp program automatically prompts the Crop and Resize Information Box.

This box permits the view ing of the coordinates and size of the section that is being worked with. In this example the numbers that are being displayed are in pixels (notice the “px” to the right of the numbers). These units can vary. A user can also use percentages, inches, millimeters, and more.

If the user clicks “From Selection” in the information box, Gimp will automatically crop according the any selected region that was selected on the image.


The “Auto Shrink” option will coordinate the cropping to the color scheme that is inside the cropped area. Finally, click “Crop” when finished.

In the final results of the cropped image, the whole image is not completely visible.

The only part of the image that is visible is the area that was cropped.

Note: The cropping tool always cuts out images in a rectangular form. However, this may be modified later.