How to Export in GIMP | Beginner’s Guide

Exporting your project in GIMP can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. Initially, you need to export the image using the Export As option and amend the necessary export settings. Finally, you can export the file effectively.

This article will provide step-by-step instructions on how to export your images from GIMP quickly and easily. We will discuss different file types, export settings, and tips for optimizing the quality of your exported images.

How to Export in GIMP

The standard file format assigned for GIMP is the XCF file format. Once you complete your editing process, you can convert the XCF file format to any desired file format. In this article, you will learn all you need to know about exporting in GIMP.

Step 01: Export the image

If you want to export an image in GIMP, follow the below steps. To begin exporting,

  • Go to the File menu.
  • Click Export As.
Export As option

Note– You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+E to begin the exporting process.

Step 02: Choose the desired location Where You Want to Export

As soon as you click the Export As option, the below dialog will appear. On the left-hand side of the dialog, the folders of your device are displayed. You can click and go to the desired location where to export the image.

Click the desired location on the left-hand side of the dialog

The image is exported and saved to the location you chose. So, make sure to choose the correct destination to export your image.

Step 03: Type the desired name

After you choose the preferred location to save your image, you can type the desired name for the file next to the displayed extension. You can replace that name with another name as per your requirement.

Type the desired name

The name that appears before the extension, is the name that will help you to locate the image. If the file extension that you require is different, don’t worry we will show you how to amend it in the next step. After you type the name, it’s time to change the file format.

Step 04: Choose the desired file format

As soon as you click Export As, a dialog with all the export options which are available will appear. As shown below, the list of file types is endless. The most popular are JPEG, PNG, or GIF.

List of file formats

If you click on a file type, for example JPEG, the extension of the file automatically changes. JPEG as well. It indicates that the image or the file can be exported as JPEG.

JPEG File type and extension

You can also export images in PDF format as displayed below.

PDF File type and extension

By following these steps, you can choose the desired export file type as per your requirement. After you choose the file format, click Export. Another export dialog appears to further adjust the export settings.

Export dialog box

Once you confirm the options, simply click on Export.

Step 05: Locate the export image

After you have exported the image successfully, it’s time to locate the image.

You can find the image in the file you chose to export your image in Step 01. Once you go to the specific location, you can find the exported image in the name you provided in Step 02.

If you were able to locate the image successfully, you have completed the exporting of the image successfully.

How to export as an SVG in GIMP

In this guide, we’ll provide an example by showing you how to export your GIMP creation as an SVG file while preserving all of its crisp, scalable lines and shapes.

Step 01: Open the image

Open the image in GIMP. To open an image in GIMP,

  1. Simply go to the File menu. Choose the Open option.
  2.  Alternatively, press Ctrl/Cmd+O.
  3.  Also, you can drag and drop the image to the GIMP workspace.
Open an image option

Step 02: Add a layer

To add a layer, 

  1. Go to the Layers Menu.
  2. Click New Layer.
New Layer option

You will notice that the layer is shown in the Layers dialog on the right side of the canvas.

New layer shown in the Layers dialog

Step 03: Choose the Fuzzy Select tool

Next, you need to choose the Fuzzy Select tool to select portions of the image having a similar color. To choose the Fuzzy Select tool,

  1. Go to the Toolbox.
  2. Click on the Fuzzy Select tool icon.
  3. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut “U”.
Fuzzy Select icon


  1. Go to the Tools menu.
  2. Choose Selection Tools.
  3. Click the Fuzzy Select tool.
Fuzzy Select option in the Tools menu

Once you choose it, click on the area you wish to select. Once you click on it and you’re happy with the selection, press the Delete key to remove the selection.

Step 04: Create a path

You need to create a path to export as an SVG file. To do so, 

  1. Go to the Select menu in the top toolbar.
  2. Click On To Path.
To Path option in the Select menu

As soon as you choose it, you will notice that the path appears in the Paths dialog.

Paths dialog box

Next, you can export this path as SVG.

Step 05: Export the path

To export the path as SVG,

  1. Go to the Paths dialog.
  2. Right-click on the path layer created.
  3. Choose the option Export path.
Export Path option

As soon as you click, the export dialog will be displayed. Choose the desired location to save the SVG file and the desired name. Next, click Export.

Export dialog box

You will notice that the image is exported as SVG


In conclusion, exporting images in GIMP is a straightforward process.

To export an image, you first need to navigate to the File menu, then select Export As. Next, you should enter a file name and choose your desired file type. Then, click on Export to save the image. Finally, if necessary, you may also need to adjust your image’s size or quality before exporting it.

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The ability to export your projects from GIMP to the desired format is the final step in the design journey and the most vital in order to successfully realise and bring your vision to reality. Coversely it is also an extremely straightforward process and doens’t take much practise to execute.

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