Image editing: GIMP explainer 2 of 5

Open an image, rotate it and crop it.

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Open an image, rotate it and crop it


Name of explainer: Open an image, rotate it and crop it

Creative theme: Image editing

Software used: GIMP

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 2 of 5 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Open an image, resize it and save it
  2. Open an image, rotate it and crop it
  3. Open an image and apply basic colour correction
  4. Open an image and add text
  5. Create a new image with a single-colour background

The Software

This series of beginner explainers uses GIMP, which is completely free to download and use.

This month we’re also running explainer series for Photoshop (which requires a paid monthly or yearly subscription) and Corel Paintshop Pro (which has a one-time cost of around 70 pounds / 80 USD).

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install gimp’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Being able to rotate images is essential to many image editing workflows. Images may need to be re-orientated (E.g. Requiring a 90 degree rotation) or rotated by just a few degrees (E.g. To straighten an horizon). It’s also important to be able to CROP images, where the parts of the image not required are trimmed away.

Let’s do it!

You can download the image used in this explainer from the section further down this page.

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Good to know

The image we’ve used in this explainer is in JPEG format – You can download it below. This is the most common file format for photos. If you have a recent mobile device or traditional camera you may also be able to save your photos in RAW format, and the HEIF format is also becoming popular. For compatibility reasons it’s best for most users to use JPEG format for general use at time of writing.

Where to next?

Remember, this is part of a series of explainers for this software – Join us again for the other explainers in the series 🙂

Download the image used in this explainer

You’re welcome to download this image for personal use only:

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in February 2023. This page was last updated in February 2023.

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This is number 7 of the 15 explainer videos available for image editing month! Make sure you check out the others!