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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 there a way I can make the transparent background display as something other than the default grid, for example as a simple white background?

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Yes, that would be very easy, I just opened up Gimp 2 my self and tried it out to make sure! :p Anyway, in the layers panel, right click and choose New Layer.

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Then make sure you select White for the Layer Fill Type.

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Now, click OK and move the new white layer to the bottom of all the current layers.

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To change the layer color, select it and just paint it in with any color you want!

Hope this helped.

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Adding a background layer is a nice way to try different backgrounds.

The more boring way would be to set the transparency style in the display preferences, "[...] either to a different type of checkerboard, or to solid black, white, or gray":

http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/gimp-pimping.html#gimp-prefs-display

GIMP image window display preferences

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