GIMP Context Help

This is a test of GIMP functionality. The context sensitive help system.

GIMP-Help-01 GIMP Help comes in two flavours. The full manual, where you get to browse to your heart’s content, for deep learning , and the context sensitive help where you quickly need to fill-in your knowledge about the tools that you want to use, or are actually using. You can select them from the top menu in GIMP, or you can use the shortcut keys F1 and Shift-F1. The full manual option is self explanatory. The context sensitive help is a bit quirky, and needs some explaining.

Suppose you want to use the clone tool, to selectively copy a piece of the photograph over top of a flaw or a distracting element in the picture.GIMP-Clone01 To get at the clone tool you need to select it from the tool docker on the left of the central panel. Or you can find it by selecting top menu “Tools” – “Paint Tools”. Your cursor will have two little icons attached to it. A old fashioned rubber stamp symbol and a no-entry sign. GIMP-Clone02

When you now try to get context sensitive help by either selecting “Help” – “Context Help” or by pressing “Shift-F1” on the keyboard, you will not get any help screen popping up. But notice that, after you have selected “Context Help” or have hit the “Shift-F1” keys, your cursor now has a question mark attached to it. All you have to do now is move the cursor with its question mark over the tool you want help on and then click the the left mouse button and “voila” the relevant manual page opens up. A quick hint on how to operate a tool can sometimes be found at the very bottom of the centre panel.


Below the result of the removal of the distracting fence by means of the GIMP clone stamp. Click on the image to enlarge it and see how well the cloning process works in GIMP.