How to Change the Foreground Color in GIMP

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The free program GIMP is an advanced graphics editor that can be used for complicated design projects or simple photo-editing tasks. You can download the user-friendly piece of software from GIMP's official homepage and launch the program, creating a new file or opening an existing image you wish to edit. With the editor opened, the main toolbar will be visible and you are ready to begin customizing your color settings.

  • Locate the "Foreground Color Box" situated in the main toolbar. If you are unsure you have found the right box, hover your cursor over the rectangle and an explanatory note will appear naming the color box and adding, "Click to open the color selection dialog." Click on the box.

  • Insert the HTML color code notation into the corresponding text field if you have a specific foreground color you would like to achieve. Otherwise, you can use the other color tools provided to pick out a shade to work with.

  • Use the HSV-RGB rows on the right to view gradients of potential color choices. When you click on one of the gradients on the right, the square gradient preview on the left will auto-adjust to show the relevant part of the color spectrum so you can further refine your selection. Continue to click on any of the gradients until what shows in the "Current" preview fits your preferences.

  • Click "OK" when you are satisfied with your selection. The pop-up box will close and now your paintbrush and bucket tools will be in the style of your current color choice until you once again change the foreground color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you have selected the color you want, you may wish to write down what HTML color code corresponds to that chosen shade for easy access to that same color in the future.
  • When you shut down GIMP, your selection for the foreground color will not be saved. You will need to re-select your desired foreground color every time you restart the editor.

References

  • Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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