How to save and edit photos in WebP format in GIMP

by Silvia Mazzetta Date: 17-05-2020 gimp graphic webP

When working with our own images or those of others, there are many photo-editing programs we can make use of. These solutions help us to convert, retouch, or enhance our photos in a more or less advanced way. Here we can mention programs such as Photoshop or GIMP, two of the most popular worldwide.

It is true that despite their power and widespread use globally, there is one aspect that differentiates both programs in an important way. Specifically, the first one, owned by Adobe, is a paid one, and the second one is an open source project, free of charge. Over the years both proposals have evolved and grown substantially, also adapting to the most current times.

This refers to both the most advanced functions for photo editing, such as the user interface, or working with the latest image formats. Well, here we are going to focus on one feature of the free proposal, GIMP, which many of you may not have known it had. Specifically, we are referring to the fact that open source software now has the ability to save files in WebP format.

GIMP supports saving photos to WebP

That's why in these lines we are going to show you the way to achieve it, something that for sure will be of great help to a lot of users in these times. It is worth mentioning first of all that the WebP format is relatively modern and that not all photo editors are trained to work with it.

However, as we mentioned, GIMP is perfectly capable of all this, as we will show you below. So, first of all, we'll tell you that exporting files to WebP in the GIMP program is very easy, as we'll review. Of course, the first thing we'll need is to have the free program installed on your PC, which we can download from this link. We must bear in mind that despite being a zero cost software, the power and functionality it provides is beyond all doubt.

Moreover, we could say that it is an excellent alternative to the aforementioned Adobe Photoshop, but without having to pay a single euro. So what we do next is open the photo we want to convert to WebP so we can work with it here or in other programs.

How to Export to WebP from GIMP in Seconds

Therefore, in order to save an image in WebP format in GIMP, once we have the original on screen, we go to the menu option File / Export as. Note that GIMP is a bit strange here. We say this because if we try to save an image, in principle the program only allows us to do so as an XCF file. Therefore, if we need it to be saved in any other format, such as WebP, JPG or PNG, we need to export it.

When the export window opens, we must select the WebP type from the Select file type by extension drop-down menu.

Before GIMP exports your image into a WebP format, you’ll see a window pop up asking how much quality you want to carry over to the new image. If you don’t want any quality to be lost, tick the “lossless” box; If this is not a concern for you, adjust the sliders to fit your needs..

Remember that according to CanIUse, Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera support the webp image format, which makes up a majority of the share of web browsers. This also means that it is a good time to consider switching your web images to the webp format.

by Silvia Mazzetta Date: 17-05-2020 gimp graphic webP hits : 3081  
Silvia Mazzetta

Silvia Mazzetta

Web Developer, Blogger, Creative Thinker, Social media enthusiast, Italian expat in Spain, mom of little 7 years old geek, founder of  @manoweb. A strong conceptual and creative thinker who has a keen interest in all things relate to the Internet. A technically savvy web developer, who has multiple  years of website design expertise behind her.  She turns conceptual ideas into highly creative visual digital products. 


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