Starting from GIMP 2.8, the behaviour changed:
- XCF is now the default format for saving images. This is because of the non-destructive nature of this file format: it retains the layers in the image.
- PNG/JPEG are import and export formats. Use File -> Open to import these and File -> Export (or Overwrite) to save PNG/JPEG images.
This change was done to prevent people from accidentally losing their layers. However, this change has received immense criticism from many users.
To revert to the old behaviour as was the case in GIMP 2.6, follow these steps:
- Download https://raw.githubusercontent.com/akkana/gimp-plugins/master/saver.py
- Save to
~/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins/ (so the location becomes something like
- Make saver.py executable:
chmod +x saver.py
- Restart GIMP
- Go to Edit -> Shortcuts and search for "Saver"
- Assign the shortcut CTRL+S to "Saver". Confirm you want to reassign the shortcut.
- Assign the shortcut CTRL+Shift+S to "Saver as". Confirm you want to reassign the shortcut.
Now you can simply use CTRL+S (save) and CTRL+Shift+S (save as) to save your files. Also, on exit GIMP won't ask to save your files to XCF anymore (if they have already been saved with saver).
Now train yourself: in the File menu, use "Saver" and "Saver as". This two commands replace these 4 items: Save / Save As / Export / Export as. So click "Saver" or "Saver as" from now on :)