Taking Screenshots with The GIMP
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 sells 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.
You can choose to take a screenshot of:
- A single window
- The entire screen
- A region on the screen or on a window
You can also set a delay (in seconds) before grabbing the screen. When you're ready, click the Snap button. If you chose to:
- Take a screenshot of a single window, click on that window
- Grab a region of a screen or window, click and drag to select the region
After a moment, the screenshot appears in The GIMP.
From there, you can manipulate the image as you need and then export it to a file. Easy, no?