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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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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 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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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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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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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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Gimp grid strange behavior - feature or bug?

When I create a grid in Gimp (a 32x32px grid with 0x0px offset), the distance between the top edge of the image, and the first grid line, is 31 pixels, almost like the grid starts one pixel above the ...
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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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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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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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Gimp: Pick color on screen without taking screenshot

Sometimes I want to quickly use a color that I see on a picture, website or program. I usually take a screenshot then open it in Gimp and use the "Color Picker" tool. Is there another way to do this ...
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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 ...
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How to create a realistic wooden photoframe from images of blocks of the frame?

I want to create wooden rectangular photo frames of custom size for using it in an e-commerce project where we will be selling photos with wooden and plastic frames. But I don't have images of the ...
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Forcing transparency on layers below

I am pretty new at Gimp, so not sure if this is possible at all. Let's say I have two lines like this, and I give the impression one line is on top of the other by clipping at the intersection, like ...
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Gimp: Change coordinate system (where 0,0 is)

I use gimp for manipulating images for my software projects. I am used to working in a coordinate system where 0,0 is at the bottom left of the screen. Gimp uses 0,0 as the top left; Is there a ...
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Changing text with drop shadow over a radial gradient in GIMP

I want to change the text in the image below without modifying the background. I tried cutting the text and filling the gap with a new one, but it doesn't look nice. Is there a simpler way?
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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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Optimizing a screenshot for adding in a document and printing

This question is not directly related to graphic design, but I think you guys can help. I am writing a thesis and I need to add several screenshots of the tools I have used and screenshots of web ...
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GIMP: “Joined” arabic text

I'm trying to create an image which contains Arab text. This is the (HTML entities for the) text: العربية Raw, it is العربية When I paste the text into ...
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Gimp smooth edges coloring

I have a PNG image with transparency. It is an icon of single color and I want to change its color. What I have done so far is, Select the area I want, either by Fuzzy select or the color select ...
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How to draw MS Paint like (aliased), 1px circle in GIMP

I was trying to draw some pixel are amd first thing is to try a circle via stroke path with miter set to 0, anti-alias off, 1 px line. Here is what I get in Gimp. Part of the circle are ok, others are ...
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Gimp: quick way to cycle through pencil/brush presets?

I have created 6 different pencil pre-sets with different diameters. What I want is to be able to cycle up and down from one pre-set to the next, preferably with a keyboard shortcut. How do I set this ...
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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 ...