If you’re using Gimp to create YouTube thumbnails, banner ads, or images for your website, chances are you could save a boatload of time by building a Gimp template.
Unfortunately, Gimp’s built-in template feature is limited to default canvas size and color settings…
The video below will show you an easy work-around to create a “true” gimp template that allows you to reuse specific design elements: fonts, layers, logos etc.
How to create a “true” Gimp template
First create an ordinary Gimp image file containing the elements you’d like to reuse. Use placeholder text to save font styles:
Click “File -> Save As…”, and use the Create Folder button to create a new folder for your Gimp templates. Give it an easily recognizable name such as “My Gimp Templates” and hit the tab key. Do not hit save yet!
After you hit the tab key:
- Navigate up one level to the folder containing your new template folder
- Highlight your new template folder in the list
- Click the + sign below the “Places” column on the left
- Your new template folder will appear in the Places list for easy access later on
Give the image an appropriate name, e.g. “Blog-featured-image-template.xcf”, and save it in your new “My Gimp Templates” folder.
Find your new image file on your computer and set its permissions to “read only.” On a mac you do this by right clicking the image and selecting “get info”
To use your template simply go into Gimp and navigate to “File -> Open.” Select your template from the “My Gimp Templates” folder and make any edits you’d like. Because the file is read only, you will be forced to “Save As”, creating a new file while leaving the template as is!