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How to show boundary of every layer in Gimp?

Using Gimp, I am working on a sprite image made of lots of icons, each on a separate layer. I would like to check that there is no overlap by displaying the outline of all layers. There is an option ...
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Gimp: export XCF as a list of commands?

It took me a lot of time to create a graphic in GIMP, and now I need to make some variations of the same graphic that actually only require the change of the FG color twice in the process. The GIMP ...
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GIMP: the closest thing to Photoshop's smart object?

I've been learning GIMP as an alternative to Photoshop, which I haven't been using for design purposes for more than 5 years now. I discovered that there is a new interesting thing called the smart ...
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Turn semitransparent PNG image into a white silhouette, preserving transparency

I have an PNG image like this with a transparent background: How can I change the image color to white, and keep the transparent background in GIMP? The desired result is a white silhouette on a ...
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Forget alpha instead of blending it in Gimp

It's now second time I need this so I'm posting it as a question: When a layer has alpha channel, some pixels may be transparent. I want to totally forget about the transparency. That means, render ...
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Exporting square tiles from a stripe - in Inkscape or Gimp

I am using Inkscape and Gimp to create assets for a word game and am looking for an advice from more experienced users of these great tools. In Inkscape I have created a stripe with 26 letters and ...
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How to create uniform dashes in GIMP

I want to make a bunch of dashes that are 10 pixels long horizontally, 5 pixels long vertically, and separated by 20 pixels. Is there any way to do this easily in GIMP? I was looking at slice, but ...
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Simplifying an initial before tracing it

In order to trace an initial to make a font, I need to simplify the original picture as much as possible. I've already vectorized it, but I wonder how I could clean it up a bit more to make it easier ...
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How to get smooth transitions between colors while keeping sharp edges?

I am trying to smooth out images of colored wave forms while trying to keep sharp edges. Example of a source image: I've had some limited success using surface blur, while the transitions between ...
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How to make circle with bordered boundary using ellipse tool

I am trying to make a simple "Q" logo in gimp. Instead of just typing the character "Q" in big font I am trying to make it using "Ellipse tool". However, I don't know how to make the borders of the ...
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Does Gimp support custom shapes?

Why doesn't The Gimp have drawing tools? Weird isn't it? Something I'm trying to do today, and not for the first time, is take in a picture and just annotate it with a couple of arrows pointing to ...
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How to edit an animated gif in gimp to include transparency?

I have an ajax spinner which unfortunately has a white background in the corners. I want to remove the white and make it transparent using GIMP. How can I go about doing that? I tried opening it in ...
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City map making (cartography) with GIMP.

Does anyone know of good city specific (although I would be interested in others as well) plug-ins for fantasy role playing game map making using GIMP? I am more looking at macro-scale (so whole ...
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Getting GIMP to recognize content outside old borders

I've been trying to create an image showing mitoxantrone (a chemo drug) intercalating DNA, as part of this I've had to combine two structures -- a DNA strand with the molecule found therein and the ...
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GIMP: Paint a selection and maintain various levels of opacity

I'm trying to recolor a png file using GIMP. The image I want to recolor is a solid color, but the edges are feathered with varying degrees of opacity to make the final image look smoother. is there ...
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How to form semi-circular text in gimp or photoshop?

I am not trying to wrap text around a semi-circle but form a semi-circle with text. Basically the font will gradually increase from left to middle and then decrease from middle to right. Can ...
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How to have numerous text items on one layer in Gimp?

I'm making a map in Gimp. I want to have the following layers: background cities rivers mountains So I want, say, 30 cities on one layer so that I can turn it off and on. However, every time I ...
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Plugin or brush for transforming a photo to a fractal in gimp?

Folks, I've been looking all over for a plugin or brush that will help me take a photo and reduce it to that 'electric look' (or fractal?) that i'm seeing in various places. I'd vastly prefer one for ...
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Draw pencil-stroke like line in Gimp

I found this pencil stroke is very fancy and I wondered how it can be emulated in Gimp or Photoshop. Actually I found pencil drawing is really fascinating and I hope to learn more about it. I will ...
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Using GIMP, given a black text on a white area having some grayish smudges, how do I remove everything except the text?

Using GIMP, given a black text on a white area having some grayish smudges, how do I remove everything except the text? for example this image, has gray outline around the text at places, I tried ...
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Reverse-engineer alpha channel

This is something that I stumble over occasionally. I have an image that was clearly created using some form of blending / alpha channel magic, usually for things like smooth edges. For example: ...
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How can I change the opacity of a pasted gif in GIMP?

I have two gifs. I'd like to put one gif on top of the other, but with low opacity. This is what I did: open gif1. create a new layer paste gif2 onto the layer change the opacity of the layer The ...
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Changing image color

I am by no means a Graphic Designer but try. I have an image I got from iconarchive and am trying to set the color to red (#840a0c) and setting transparent where there is white. I am using GIMP for ...
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Tool that will do a circular blur/convolution

I'm primarily a gimp user, but I want something to blur an image similarly to the way a lens would blur an out of focus background. AFAIK this is essentially a circular blur/convolution (assuming ...
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Gimp: Add text to Layer Mask?

I'd like to have a layer mask in Gimp that includes some text. I currently have a method of achieving this, but it's a little more crude than I'd like. In this image, the top text is a simple text ...
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Simple patterns fill in Gimp

I would like to do some simple pattern or polygon fills in Gimp, e.g. to represent different regions in a map without resorting to colors or grayscale tones. Some nice examples of what I seek are ...
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Can I predefine brushes with color and size in Gimp?

I sometimes find myself using Gimp the way I would use paper. For example, I want to use blue ink size 1.4, anthracite 2-px pencil and size 20 eraser, to recreate the look of a school notebook. I ...
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How to shrink logo without losing quality inkscape

I'm really not much of a graphic designer at all (programmer) but I have dabbled in some image editing using GIMP and Inkscape. Here's my situation: I have a nice, sharp image of my logo as an SVG ...
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Remove white thin border from exported PNG from Photoshop

I have a branding logo saved as a PSD Photoshop file. I'm exporting it to the PNG format with relevant size, but the exported PNG image has a thin white border around the logo. How can I remove this ...
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Photo effects in Gimp: How to improve color, depth of field, etc

G' day dear Graphic-design-experts, I am new to Stackexchange's Graphic Design and I have no clue if this is the right place to ask, so bear with me and steer me in the correct direction if i am ...
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What are useful brush dynamics and tool presets in GIMP 2.8?

In previous versions of GIMP only pressure was recognized by the brush tool. It wasn't much but it was simple. The new GIMP 2.8 introduces an all new brush dynamics system with a ton of customization ...
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Create rounded button with inset edge, gradient and inset text with Gimp

This is my first attempt at seriously using Gimp. I am more of a front end developer slash developer myself and I have only used Gimp or Photoshop for very basic stuff such as removing backgrounds, ...
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GIMP: 'move layer' stops working

I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an explicit selection, e.g. CTRL-A on a ...
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Creating this 3d map perspective?

I am trying to create a custom image overlay on leaflet.js. For sake of learning something new, I am trying to lay over the co-ordinates on a 3D-looking map. For example (the map inside the red ...
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Transform/resize image for label printer using Gimp

Starting from an image like this one, how do I resize and transform it into something a label printer can use? That means a black and white bmp about 1/3 of this size. The best result I have so far ...
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How to make a symmetric gradient in GIMP?

I want to make a simple gradient in GIMP. The left edge and right edge should be white, the middle 100% transparent. The rate of change shouldn't be linear, I want the transparent part to be much ...
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Why can't the GIMP align tool select some layers?

When I try to align various layers in GIMP 2.8, sometimes the align tool selects the entire image, not the layer I clicked on. It doesn't matter how many times I try, and closing/reopening doesn't ...
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Making GIF in GIMP from set of PNG's, resulting in the screen filled with all layers

I have imported a set of PNG'S as layers by calling FILE > OPEN AS LAYERS And I get the result: All the layers are oddly cascaded on top of each other So when I got to export it, I get this: ...
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Why is the Gimp selection pane not going away?

I needed to move something so I copied it and pasted it to its new location and now where I have pasted it there is a selection pane that will not go away. I've tried to move the pane and tried the ...
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copying selection shape in gimp

I'd like to copy selection shape in gimp and then paste it somewhere else (I've got first half of the image and I'd like do make it's mirror reflection). Do you know how can I do it?
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gimp - animation formats besides gif

Using Gimp 2.8.4 I am developing an animation for a game in gimp. The game does not require a gif animation - I load individual images as frames, usually pngs, and animate them in the game engine. ...
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How to quickly set GIMP selection aspect ratio to that of the image?

If I don't know the aspect ratio of an image, what is the most efficient method to set the selection aspect ratio to that of the image? The fastest I've found (not fast at all) is to look at the ...
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Can you view the layer mask in GIMP?

In GIMP, after adding a layer mask, and editing, is there a way (or even a plugin) to let you view the layer mask right on the canvas? I know that you can see a miniature copy of the layer mask in ...
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Get difference between two images as transparent image in GIMP

I have two images A and B which are similar in many regions. I want to create an image C so that B = C on top of A where C should be as transparent as possible. on top of is the normal layer ...
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How do you change the default font of GIMP in Windows?

How do you change the default font used in GIMP 2.8 on Windows 7? The default font seems to be Sans Bold (which is used in a lot of applications that originated from Linux). I am not referring to the ...
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Image loses transparency when added to another image

Please keep in mind that I have no idea what I’m doing with image editing. I have a watermark that I want to add to images, but it loses it’s transparency when I try to stick it on a picture. I’ve ...
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Command line program for adding curves/levels to an image?

I have several JPG files (satellite images) that I need to have curves or levels (not auto!) added to them using shell scripting (cronjobs). Does anyone know of any tool for that? Maybe GIMP?
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How do I do Ctrl-Left-Click operations in GIMP on Mac OS X?

When you ctrl+ left-Click, it's like a right-click in Mac OS X and brings up a menu. I'm trying to clone a selected rectangle as shown here But if I ctrl+alt+ click, I just get a context menu ...
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How to colorize a layer with semi transparent borders to a specific color in GIMP?

I have an white icon that needs to be colorized to a specific color. How do I do it in GIMP? Keep in mind that it has semi transparent borders and transparent background, so using the bucket or ...
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GIMP: Using Channels Independently

I need to use GIMP instead of Photoshop, but I have a problem doing some things with transparency: I explain: I manipulate some tga files that have 4 channels, rgb and alpha. Using Photoshop I'm ...