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UI reasoning in Graphics Design: Why does escape not cancel selection in Gimp?

I am completely new to Graphic Design and I am using Gimp. As you can imagine, the first few steps are a hate-love relationship kinda thing. I found that the selection tool is at the core of the ...
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Can I change the default Gimp transparent background to white?

I'm using Gimp 2. The default grid-style transparent background makes it incredibly difficult to get a sense of what the image will actually look like, when I finally display it over a background. Is ...
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In GIMP, how can I change one solid colors to multiple color variations?

I'm not really sure how to ask this in words, but I used to use a program along time ago that would change one solid color into multiple variations. Say I have a solid red square, but I want it to be ...
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How do you create a translucent white background for text?

I am really struggling to create a white translucent background for text on top of an image with GIMP. Pottery Barn Kids (http://www.potterybarnkids.com/) has one example of what I am trying to ...
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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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Automatically remove overlays from a set of identical images using Gimp

I have a number of images that have all the same background but each has different text overlaid (they are covers of a magazine journal). I don't have access to the background image, but I know that ...
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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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Portable file format to export Photoshop layers

I'm working on web-apps and frequently have to slice designer-made PSD files as HTML. However, I'm a GNU/Linux user, and in Gimp, PSD files look different than in Photoshop, so I'm forced to use a ...
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10 pixel square brush in Gimp… how?

I need a brush that is exactly 10x10 pixels. Here is what I have tried so far: creating a brush with a radius of 5. This, of course, results in a brush that is more than 10 pixels wide creating a ...
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gimp: Background removal gives gray fringe, when exported as pdf

I cut a region out of this wikimedia commons picture: I simply used the free select tool to cut out the part (ctrl+x) and inserted it into another image without background. However, when I export ...
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GIMP: select a border in layer A and fill it in layer B

I would like to separate the fill from the shape. So, I would like to select the shape (the border of a selection) in layer A, and fill this selection with color in another layer B. Is it possible ...
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How to create an 16× error/difference image using GIMP or Photoshop

I need to create a quality comparison between two rendering methods by showing the difference of the results akin to figure 6 in [Walter et al. 2005] (p. 5): (Image copyright by Walter et al. 2005). ...
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How can I prevent Gimp from automatically changing colors of a .png?

So I am editing a .png file from a website that I am working on. I downloaded the image (.png) and it has a yellow/green color in one of the objects. This color is important because it matches with ...
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How can I combine two colored textures so that the final image is blended to match a specific lighting setup

I have been working on using Blender Cycles to bake textures but it renders very slowly so I have to render at low resolutions. This is fine for the indirect diffuse lighting but really makes a mess ...
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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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put partly transpared photo on top of panorama

What is it nessesary to do if I want to see just black edges from background image in image placed on top? Here are links to source images This is what I want to create: You can see there are ...
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GIMP: How to apply a mask to multiple layers?

I'm new to GIMP, so I'm having trouble accomplishing the following: I want to apply the same layer mask to all of my layers without having to merge them. If this is not possible, the end result I'...
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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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Erase a single pixel in GIMP

I am trying to illustrate in GIMP 2.8 with pixel-perfect precision. The pencil tool allows me to fill in a single pixel without any fuzzy edges or anti-aliasing. However, the eraser tool operates more ...
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Copying & Pasting inverted image in GIMP

I have a basic image that is black on a white background. I simply want to invert the image, take the now white portion and paste it on another image in GIMP. I am having no luck. Within GIMP, I ...
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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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Automating the Creation of Geometric Shapes?

How can I draw geometric shapes, or other regular shapes, such as a gear, using macros or scripts? I'd like to experiment with creating games by combining elements, similar to geoDefense: http://www....
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How to copy a layer group to another image in GIMP?

In GIMP I have 2 images with exact same size and properties but different layers. Now I have a relatively large layer group, which I would like to copy to the other image. As usual I copy and paste it....
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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 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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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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GIMP: Remove text from background [duplicate]

Im completely new to image editing, so excuse my immaturity... I have the following image: I want to remove the writing on the blackboard and replace it with something different, keeping the ...
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Is possible to duplicate 2 o more layers at a time in GIMP?

I made a design with 7 layers, and now I have to do another one very similar but with different attributes (text, color, size,etc). I know I can duplicate each layer, but can I duplicate 2 or more of ...
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How can I beat the browser when it comes to reducing image size?

Can't get my head around this. I tried several ways to reduce the pixel size of a logo in Gimp. However, the browser (either safari, firefox or chrome on my iMac) is always amazingly better reducing ...
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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 smooth a scanned image using Gimp

I have drawn an image which I then scanned into the computer and saved as a png. I just want to make the lines smooth on the image. The image is a logo Any help is much appreciated. I am using ...
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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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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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Scaling image in gimp without losing definition of characters

I'm working with a .png (a logo with text) found here. When I import to gimp and try to scale it down, to fit my canvas, the text above "DON DAVIS LECTURESHIP... etc" becomes illegible from ...
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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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How do you get transparent colour on Gimp?

In the colour selection I have been searching for a transparent option, but I can't find one. How can I do it?
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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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How can I change the preset color of a brush in GIMP?

For example, if I wanted to change the green pepper to red, could I do that?
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Automating the reizing of different size images to a 300px by 200px image size

I have various size images, some tall and wide others wide and tall, all with different image dimensions. Is there a platform where I can dump all these images and they will be resized to fit into a ...
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Quickly resizing canvas using “border pixels” to fill up new space in Gimp

I noticed that one of the tasks I often perform in Gimp comes down to making a different aspect ratio version of a simple PNG (an icon with a simple gradient background for example). They can be ...
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Is there a “painters tape” type of function in Gimp 2?

I'm looking for a way to basically mark a specific area where, if i'm painting/smudging/blurring/etc, it won't be affected. For example, say I am trying to add color to sharp edges, I could use this ...
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Remove multi color degradation on jpg image

I have several pictures that I want to fix. The pictures came to me from a scanner and there is no way that job is going to be done again by the person who did it. I know for a fact that all the ...
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editing several hundred images - GIMP

I'm working on a project that requires me to change several hundred images(somewhere around 550). They're all the same size and type. Each image needs several color corrections. Initially I use color ...
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How to get a transparent color other than black with gimp?

I need to have two 100% transparent colors (I mean invisible) black (000000) and white (ffffff). When I try to have a 100% transparent color, gimp always set it to black (0x00000000 ARGB) even if I ...
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Is it possible to generate seamless “mosaic” tiles algorithmically?

I am pretty much a noob with respect to most power features of Gimp and graphics design in general. I found the tutorial here on texture creation to be very interesting and helpful. I had a couple ...
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How to have multiple views in single window mode using GIMP?

I'd like a real-time preview while editing icons in GIMP. I know that you can press View > New View to get a real-time preview window, however in single window mode gimp puts the preview in 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 ...