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How to open a file the fast way in Gimp?

The classical way to open a file is not followed in Gimp. There is no browse button, nor there is a textbox where one can paste the path to the file. I do not edit images everyday and I always have to ...
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GIMP: Smooth png image from black to transparent (how to make gradient)?

How to make a transparent 'png' image from black (not transparent) to nothing (absolutely transparent) in GIMP smoothly? As result, this image on the red image gives the image from black via dark red ...
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Use GIMP to extract out the logo from background

I would like to extract out the icon in the following screen (mixed with gray background) to Anyone know how I can do that using GIMP? Thanks.
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Open source software to reduce colours to custom optimised palette (quantize) (for paint-by-numbers)

I want to manipulate a photo so that the number of colours is reduced significantly (to say 15-50 colours which I would specify the number). I would like those colours to be automatically optimised ...
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How can I multiply pixel values by a constant in Gimp?

In Gimp, how can I multiply the value of every pixel in a grayscale image by a constant value? For example, multiply each pixel by 2.
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Using GIMP to redraw an existing low res logo

I am just getting my teeth into Gimp and am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination! I'm a developer trying to make myself a bit more useful on the design front. Anyway, I am ...
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How can I create a color-separated PDF in GIMP?

Using GIMP I would like to create a color-separated PDF. I plan on making printing plates for a home letterpress and they request a color-separated PDF, which seems to just be a page for each color ...
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How can I make the alpha in a layer proportional to the darkness?

I have a layer that I want to merge and I want the dark colors in the layer to have more weight. How can I make it so that black pixels are 100% opacity, white pixels are 0%, and #7F7F7F pixels are ...
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Convert .psd into .png without loosing shading and lightening

So I do not own Photoshop, but got a .psd file from my client to work with. I managed to use a online converter and get this .png out of it. What I additionally need though is the conversion of ...
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How to export overlay glow

i made the following image: lowest layer: solid black middle layer: some white brush painting highest layer: solid red with Overlay mode this gives me a nice glowing effect, which i would like to ...
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How can I do a global fuzzy select in GIMP?

How can I make the fuzzy select global in GIMP, so that it selects all of a certain color and not just contiguous regions? For example, if I drew multiple red squiggles, how could I easily select ...
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Change Color Of A Monotone Icon To Another Color

Basically, I'm a programmer and I'm pretty new to graphics design, and I don't have much knowledge of the keywords used by the graphic design community. That's why I'm facing problem in googling this ...
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Gimp : difference between crop and canvas size

I would like to know the difference between the crop tool and changing canvas size. If I reduce the size of the canvas, a yellow dashed line stays around the previous size. On the other hand, when I ...
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In GIMP how to scale up image without scaling layers?

I am trying to scale images without scaling layers. I tackled the problem of scaling down the images by selecting the largest visible layer and the cropping the image to that layer. This way none of ...
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How to add brushes on gimp

I am a new user of Ubuntu, and to be honest completly new to the whole linux scene. I'm looking to add more brushes to my GIMP program, but I don't know how.
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Simple way to create this 3-D pixel effect in GIMP?

It's the sad, pixelated little icon that appears when Google Chrome doesn't shut down correctly. Given a, say, off white on dark gray pixel image to use in a design, how would I get the edges of ...
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How to create multiple buttons in bulk with Gimp?

I'm trying to create a "set" of buttons. Actually I can make the buttons somewhat easily. In GIMP I have a template (It's a rectangle… soooo complicated). Take template, add text to text box for ...
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Convert icon to a transparent png

I have a set of icons that I resized to 30x30. Now I want to use them for my iPhone TabBar as specified here: http://www.idev101.com/code/User_Interface/sizes.html How can I make these transparent ...
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How can I recreate this effect in GIMP? Blue/white color conversion

Here is the image: The best way I can describe it is converting the image to a black/white scale (heavy white) and making all instances of black==blue.That was how I approached it when trying to ...
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Gimp export layer mask as png

As the title says, how can I export only the layer mask? I want to do this because I need to use it in another program.
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Gimp - fast switching to eraser

I've been searching for this but all I find are annoying tutorials on how to click the eraser button. Whenever I switch to the eraser it keeps the tool size I was using for the pencil, I'd really ...
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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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How to convert GIMP gradient to Photoshop compatible Gradient?

I want to convert GIMP Gradient to Photoshop compatible gradient (importable)
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What is this effect called? Is it film-grain?

What is this effect called? Is it film-grain? It kind of looks like but the grains are bigger. Thanks a lot in advance.
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Error opening EPS in GIMP 2.8 [closed]

I'm attempting to import an EPS file into GIMP, but it fails. I'm running v2.8.19, and I've installed Ghostscript 9.14 (I think that's the version). I've also gone through setting up the System ...
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GIMP/Inkscape Text Art from Image: Is there an easy way?

Hello All, is there an easy way to grab an image (or a shape I cut out with GIMP Free Select tool) and then just write text over it and let it fill the shape? I have tried searching for it but no ...
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Seamless UV Texture - GIMP

I'm creating a model of a road to use in Unity. The edges need to be able to tile so I can link multiple parts together. I made a UV map and edited it in Gimp. I used the seamless filter in gimp to ...
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Splitting an image into many randoms pieces

I have an image of a map of a certain region, and I want to show the map divided to about 1000 small pieces. This should be a metaphor of dividing the region to many small land-plots. I need two ...
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Blending a drop shadow seamlessly

I need to apply shadow to an overarching border, however so far I've created the shadow with CSS, and since the overarching border is formed by two boxes, the shadow overlaps. My solution to this is ...
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How to add a shadow border to an image in GIMP

I prepared a square and a triangle in Gimp but I am unable to get a shadow around it. I want it exactly like the image below. I tried with filter --> lights and shadow --> Drop shadow but it ...
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How to scale a layer with gradient?

For a web game logo I keep around a Gimp file 1024x1024-logo.xcf which has 3 layers: Text (the game name) Picture of 2 playing cards Blue background as a linear gradient Now I have received a new ...
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Export GIMP Settings

I've used GIMP for a while and have custom settings, brushes, plugins, etc. installed on my Windows 7 computer. I have a Windows XP machine that I want GIMP on too, and I want all the customizations ...
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Gimp: Copy layer 1 to layer 2's mask

Pretty straight forward question, say in Gimp I have an image with 2 layers in question, one is temporary, I want to use it as the mask for the other. How can I transfer a layer into the mask of ...
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Gimp: Save tiff with a “Group 4 Fax” compression

I'm using Gimp and I need to save a tiff file with a "Group 4 Fax" compression. I've followed the instructions to have that option enabled on the "Save as Tiff" dialog (see bottom of the linked page), ...
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Changing the background of the picture to white

I have a passport picture in which the background is light brown. I need to change that background to white. Is there anyway I can do that using Inkscape or any free tools? Here is the picture: ...
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Is Gimpshop equally good as Gimp?

I am a photoshop user who is looking for a free alternative. Gimp is usually the answer. When looking for downloads I stumbled upon 'gimpshop', a gimp distro that is layout for the convenience of ...
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How can I recolor an object to white in Gimp?

Like say I have a picture of a cut orange, and I want the inside pulp to be colored white instead of orange? I want to keep the details of the pulp, similar to how colorizing works. I've tried using ...
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Replicating fading/tearing effect in GIMP

For a project we decided to use a freely available icon set that we could download. However it is now apparant that not all the icons that we need are present in this set and we need to add them ...
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Isolating red ink with GIMP/Photoshop

As a puzzle author, I often write puzzles with red ink and then test-solve them with pencil. What would be the most efficient way to remove the pencil and blue gridlines from the paper to leave only ...
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How to match brightness between two different images using GIMP (Mac OSX)?

I took two pictures with my iPhone, one during the day and one at night. How do I make it such that the two images look like they were taken at the same time of day? Is there a compare two images ...
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How to create a patterned image from existing shape in Gimp

I am hoping to create a simple logo for a new website using Gimp. I am working with two images and a short line of text. I have the following images: The map will be the background/filler of the ...
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How do you create a Translucent white background to text on an image with Gimp?

I am really struggling trying to create a similar look to this white translucent background with text on top of an image with GIMP. One example is Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/. ...
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Gimp, how can I find the positions of a layer?

I need to find the x / y positions for each layer. I've googled but I can't find the answer.
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Good “low level” graphics & image manipulating concepts tutorial for beginner

I have programming background with some experience with image manipulation via GIMP and Fireworks. As working with image manipulators is part of my work sometimes I decided to improve my knowledge in ...
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Creating a tile for a word game

Please advise me how to use Gimp to create a tile for a word game like below: I can see 2 rectangles with rounded corners - the outer one and then the one on the top. Is the smaller rectangle ...
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Where can I learn about the low level concepts used in a Graphic design application?

I am new to Graphics design. I want to learn a graphics design software in order to develop a game. I chose Gimp as it was free and i followed few tutorials. Most tutorials accomplished the goal ...
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After making a selection float in GIMP, how to move it in a straight vertical or horizontal direction?

I am doing kerning manually in GIMP, i.e. trying to move letters closer to each other, but my hand movements are not exact enough on my mouse so whenever I move a layer to the left or right, it also ...
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Beginner question: how do I use the “move tool” in Gimp without moving the entire Layer?

I typed a short piece of text in GIMP, then I want to fix the kerning manually so I want to move the letters closer to each other. But when I select the "move" tool and click on the appropriate part ...
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Comparison Between affordable Image Editor (Photoshop) / Creator VS. Free Image Software [closed]

Lately I would like to get involved / to learn in graphics design. Since holidays are in full swing, I thought I would use this time. I have used GIMP before, although very minimal and Blender. Both ...
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Resizing/shrinking .JPG files without losing quality?

Im using Gimp to resize images. When using a high res image normally 4500 x 2994 i usually need to shrink this image to 325 x 130 pixels. As you can imagine i loose the shiny, glossy and high res ...