Saving JPEG Images in GIMP

  1. Cross platform image editor can save files in many formats
  2. Save Image
  3. Save as JPEG dialog box
  4. Advanced settings

Cross platform image editor can save files in many formats

The native file format in GIMP is XCF, but it is only used for image editing in GIMP. Once you’re done with your image, convert it to an appropriate standard format to use elsewhere. GIMP offers many standard formats. The choice depends on the type of image you are creating and how you want to use it.

One option is to export the file as a JPEG, a popular format for storing photographic images. One of the great things about the JPEG format is the ability to use compression to reduce the file size, which can be useful if you want to email a photo or send it to a cell phone. However, it should be noted that the quality of JPEG images generally decreases as compression increases. The loss of quality can be significant when high compression levels are applied. This loss of quality is especially noticeable when someone zooms in on an image.

If you need a JPEG file, the steps to save JPEG images in GIMP are simple.

Save Image

Go to menu File GIMP and from the drop-down menu select Export . Click Select file type to open a list of available file types. Scroll down the list and click JPEG image and then click the button Export a dialog box will open. Export image to JPEG .

Save as JPEG dialog box

Default slider Quality in the dialog box Export image jpeg is set to 90 by default, but you can change this to decrease or increase the compression, bearing in mind that increasing the compression decreases the quality.

If you click the checkbox in the window Show example in image the JPEG file size is displayed with the current settings Quality . It may take a few seconds for this figure to update after the slider is adjusted. This is an example of the image that has had compression applied so that you can ensure that the image quality is acceptable before saving the file.

Advanced settings

Click the arrow next to Advanced options to view advanced settings. Most users can leave these settings as they are, but if your JPEG image is large and you want to use it on the web, check the Progressive , JPEG displays faster on the web because the low-resolution image is displayed first, and then additional data is added to display the full-resolution image. This is known as weaving. It is used less frequently these days than it used to be because the internet speed is very high.

Other advanced options include the ability to save a thumbnail of your file, an anti-aliasing scale, and a subsampling option, among other lesser-known options.

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