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I need to:

- add an image
- make changes to that image, like adding markers, lines, notes and labels

But I need to be able to move them and update them in subsequent sessions.

Obviously, the JPG (or other format) would be the format for output, but a Gimp file format must retain these object details in the file itself so they can be saved, then updated.


How do I do this with Gimp for Mac?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Just like Photoshop saves layered files as PSDs, GIMP saves them as XCFs.  That will save all the attributes in the layers.  To save as JPG or PNG, you must 'Export' the image because of course, they don't preserve the layers.
add an image
open Gimp then File ―> Open

navigate to the folder and select the image
make changes to that image, like adding markers, lines, notes and labels
i would suggest the you read a short tutorial on using layers

this is a good place to start if you are new to GIMP: 20 fantastic GIMP tutorials to get you from beginner to prohttp://10steps.sg/tutorials/20-fantastic-gimp-tutorials-beginner-to-pro/

and specifically, for Gimp Layershttp://mygimptutorial.com/gimp-layers
But I need to be able to move them and update them in subsequent sessions.

Obviously, the JPG (or other format) would be the format for output, but a Gimp file format must retain these object details in the file itself so they can be saved, then updated.
to save a jpg, use File ―> Export as command

to save the image as a GIMP file (xcf), use File ―> Save
here is an article I wrote on how to create a card that shows how to use layers to add objects and text to an image: https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/29281/How-to-Create-a-Greeting-Card-from-a-Frame-Image-and-a-Photo.html using layers, objects and text

please note that when you add text, a new layer is created automatically
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thanks
good luck...

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