Adding Color with GIMP
So now that we have created our first image, lets add some color to it.
Adding color to an image is a easy as a couple of clicks. Changing the color is just as easy.
Before you add color to your image, you need to select a color. You do this using the color area in the toolbox.
Selecting a New Color
To select a new color, click on either the foreground color or the background color from the color area then select the new color from the color palette.
For example, to select a new foreground color:
Launch the Color Picker
Choose a Color
Complete the Color Selection
Once you're happy with your color selection, click OK
The new color will appear as the foreground color in the toolbox.
The Eyedropper Tool
If you want to select a color that's already on your image, you can use the eyedropper tool (from the main toolbox). With the eyedropper tool selected, simply click anywhere in the image. This will set the foreground color to the same as the area of the image you just clicked on.
The eyedropper icon looks like this:
Applying Your Color
Now that you have selected a color, you can apply it to your image.
There are different ways of applying color to your image. The quickest way is to use the paintbucket.
Option 1: The Paintbucket
The paintbucket allows you to apply color to a large area of your image. To apply color using the paintbucket:
Select the Paintbucket Tool
Click the paintbucket icon in the toolbox:
Apply the Color
Now click on your image in the area you wish to apply the color to. In this example, I clicked somewhere within the face.
Option 2: Drawing/Paint Tools
Whenever you use a drawing or paint tool, the color is automatically set at the current foreground color (i.e. the selected color from the color area). To change the color of the drawing/paint tool, simply select a new color as shown above.
In the example below, I've made my little face blush:
I did this using the airbrush tool (from the main toolbox) and selecting a darker shade of red. The airbrush icon looks like this: