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Friday, January 8, 2010

How to Copy an Etsy Treasury using Gimp.

I have been asked several times how I copy treasuries into my blog, so I decided to make a post about it. It took me a long time to learn this; I searched in the etsy forums, through gimp tutorials and tried many different ways, some to the extend that it blocked my computer.

I have come up with this method that works for me, using the gimp, which is free to download from the internet by following this link:



Open the treasury you want to copy. On my computer, I can not see the whole treasury at once, so I make sure to have the top half on the screen. I will copy the treasury in 2 parts.

Open the gimp.

Go to File - Create - Screenshot

A new window will open where you can choose between:

- Grab a single window

- Grab the whole screen

I usually choose the first one, grab a single window.

Click on Grab.

Grab the crosshair and drag it to the window with the treasury.

You now have copied the top half of the treasury, it will automatically open in a new window.

Go to the web page with the treasury and place the bottom half on the screen.

Repeat the same process as with the top half.

Once you drag the crosshair to the treasury, a new file opens in gimp with the bottom part of the treasury.

You now have 2 files, each one with a part of the treasury and the rest of the webpage that comes with it. Let's clean it up and select the part we want to copy.


We start with the first window and we are going to crop the part of the treasury we would like to copy.

Select the crop tool from the toolbox dialog or alternatively, click on Tools - Transform Tools - Crop and the crop tool will be available.

Move the cursor over the part you want to select and draw a rectangle over it. If it isn't right from the first time, you can always have another go or stretch one of the sides with the cursor. Once you have selected the area, click on one of the squares in the corner.

Now you have cropped the image. If by chance you want to change it, you can always go to edit and undo any action, as long as you haven't saved it.

Repeat this whole process for the bottom part.


You will have 2 partial images of the treasury now. I used to save them and paste them into blogger as 2 separate images. I will show you how you can make one image out of them:

In one of the windows click File - New :

A window pops up.

You will need to decide on the size of the image. The size that pops up is the one from the image of half the treasury. Make the width somewhat larger.

The height needs to be at least twice the size, I make it a bit longer, we can recrop that later.

Click OK.

Go to the top treasury window. Right click on the image - Edit - Copy

Now go to your new image and right click it - Edit - Paste

Click the Move Tool.

Or click Tools - Transform Tools - Move

Bring the image to the top of the template.

When it is in the right place, right click on it - Layer - Anchor Layer

Do the same with the bottom image.

You can see in the picture that the 2 images are overlapping, so move the bottom image to where you want it to be.

Make sure to anchor the layer when the image is in the right position.

If you'd like to crop the image a bit, you can do it to take away some of the white background, but it is not necessary.

the image is ready, the only thing left to do is save it on your computer.


Click File - Save as

a window pops up, name the file.

Choose in which folder you want to save it.

I also select jpeg as a file type in both places provided for it.

Click Save.

A new window pops up "save as jpeg": choose the quality of the image and click Save.

That's it, now you can copy it to where you want, your blog or social network, just as any other image.

This beautiful and inviting etsy treasury, "Put On Your Party Frocks N Dance" was made by SachiDesigns.

I hope this helps some of you, etsy sellers to show your treasuries on your blogs.

Feel free to comment or add links of other posts about copying treasuries.

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