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I'm creating a set of custom patterns with GIMP. When I import them I would like to have their names below the filter field, as the default ones have:

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However, GIMP only shows a #1-like string:

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I need to see the names of my patterns because they are bigger then the default ones and some of them are very similar to other ones, so I can't recognize them very well using only the icons.

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I wonder how you produce them...

  • Exported as a .PAT, you have to give a name which is used
  • Exported as a PNG, either:
    • image has a comment (see Image>Properties), and the comment is used
    • image has no comment and the filename is used

In any case you can easily filter your images: instead of putting them directly in the patterns directory, create a subdirectory and put them there. Then you can filter them using the filter at the top of the list, the name your directory will appear as a possible "tag":

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  • I export them as .PAT files. When you say to "give a name which is used" you are talking about the filename? – Ntakwetet Nov 12 '19 at 13:47
  • When you export as a pattern you have to give a name in the dialog (at least in 2.10). We are talking about Gimp's .PAT and not Photoshop .PAT, right (same extension, two different formats). – xenoid Nov 12 '19 at 13:50
  • Yes, I'm working with GIMP 2.10.8. I wrote the pattern name in the dialog but GIMP still doesn't show it. – Ntakwetet Nov 12 '19 at 15:16
  • Did you refresh the list? – xenoid Nov 12 '19 at 15:51
  • Yes, first thing I tried. Anyway, I think I found out what the problem was. I was using the portable edition in Windows: I tried the normal one and everything works well; in Ubuntu it's fine too. I suppose the portable version was making a mess. – Ntakwetet Nov 12 '19 at 18:42

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