Taking Screenshots with The GIMP

12 April, 2020

Back in the days when I used Windows, one of the applications that I relied on was Paint Shop Pro. It wasn’t just a powerful image editor. It also had a built-in screen capture function. Professionally, that was very useful.

Of course, Paint Shop Pro isn’t available for Linux. And, anyway, I think Corel (the company that now owns it) has really bloated Paint Shop Pro in an attempt to turn it into a rival to Photoshop.

I regularly use one of a handful of screen capture utilities on the Linux desktop. Every so often, I find myself pulling those images into The GIMP to edit them. But since The GIMP has its own screen capture function, I can cut out the middle man whenever I need to.

To take a screenshot, fire up The GIMP. From the File menu, choose Create and then click Screenshot to open the Screenshot dialog.

Getting ready to take a screenshot with The GIMP

You can choose to take a screenshot of:

You can also set a delay (in seconds) before grabbing the screen. When you’re ready, click the Snap button. If you chose to:

After a moment, the screenshot appears in The GIMP.

Editing a screenshot taken with The GIMP

From there, you can manipulate the image as you need and then export it to a file. Easy, no?

Scott Nesbitt