How to Measure With a Tool in GIMP

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When you are creating graphic designs for web pages, ads or brochures, positioning the elements of your design exactly where you want them is important. If you are using the freeware application GIMP to create your design, you might think that you can use the rulers on the side for positioning. However, while the rulers are fine for measuring perfectly horizontal or vertical lines, they do not help you with elements that are at other angles to one another. Fortunately, there is a way to do this in GIMP.

  • Start the GIMP application. Select "File" from the menu and choose "Open." Browse to a document you have been working on and open it.

  • Select "Tools" from the menu at the top and choose "Measure." Then go to the bottom of the canvas and click on the increments drop-down menu. Choose the increment type you want, such as inches or pixels.

  • Place your mouse cursor over one of the elements from which you want to measure. Left-click and drag with the mouse to the other element, then release the mouse button. The distance between the two points will be displayed at the bottom of the canvas.

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