Mask Management

Preserving your selections with masks is one of the most time saving features of GIMP. Instead of doing on the fine-mask-brush work every time you need to perform an operation on/around an image. You can easily accumulate several dozen masks as you work on an image-- and that is where this timp comes into play: Mask Management.

All the mask windows begin to eat up loads of screen space and start to drive your window manager batty. The quick and easy solution to freeing up screen real-estate without losing track of what mask is under what "untitled" window, quickly zoom-out your images with a couple taps on the '-' key, and then shrink-wrap the view with Control-E.

If you are going to work on an especially complex image, save your masks as you create them to descriptive filenames, prefixed by something easy to sort, like 'm-'.