GIMP 2.6 Interface Tutorial
For clarity with the other GIMP tutorials on this site, I have split the main
GIMP toolbox and the other dialogues (
For everyday use it is far easier to have these dialogues as part of the GIMP when you start up. This can be done in a tab format, which will be familiar to anyone using Firefox or any other up to date browser.
Setting up dockable dialogues
Open up the GIMP and at the bottom of the
GIMP toolbox use your mouse to extend the box down until the
You can drop dockable dialogs here section appears.
Adding the Layers dialogue
Layers Dialogue can be opened from the
GIMP image window menu as follows
Windows » Dockable Dialogs » Layers
Layers Dialogue position the mouse over the
Layers text and hold the left mouse key down. Now drag the
Layers Dialogue over to the
Dockable dialogue section of the
GIMP toolbox (the part labelled
You can drop dockable dialogs here) and release the mouse button.
Adding extra dialogues
Now the initial dialogue has been attached, adding extra dialogues is very easy. In the top right hand corner of the newly attached dialogue there is an arrow. Click on this arrow, which reveals the
Configure tab menu. Move to highlight the
Add tab selection, then add whatever tab you want from the menu.
Streamlining the interface
In the finished example below left I have added the
FG/BG Colour &
You can obviously add whatever you want, but as a bare minimum I would have the
Tools dialogues, they are certainly the most used in my experience. As you begin to use GIMP more, you will find out which dialogues you use the most and want to access frequently.
As I have added the
FG/BG Colour &
Gradient dialogues to the tab interface, I can get rid of those two
Toolboxes (as well as the image preview toolbox) from the
GIMP toolbox as seen from the example below right. To remove the
Toolboxes go to
Edit » Preferences
Preferences you will find the
Toolbox option, where you can uncheck the ones you don't want.
Configuring the Tool menus on the Toolbox
Click on the
Configure tab menu in the dialogue box as mentioned above. Go to
Add tab and select the
Tools dialogue near the bottom of the menu. Now you can select which menus you want on the main
The screenshot below shows a
GIMP toolbox with about half the toolbox menus removed. It makes the GIMP interface far less cluttered, when you only have the menus you use the most on the toolbox.
All these menus can be accessed on the active window file menus and if you find yourself using one menu a lot, stick it back onto the
GIMP toolbox. The whole menu can be reset to its defaults, by the
Reset button on the bottom right.
Reset can also be found at