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I wonder if there is a way in GIMP to display the distance in pixels I have moved something with the move tool. When I know the distance I want to move (a guide or a floating selection ect.) it really feels stupid having to do the math manually before grabbing it: now it's at X;Y and I want to move it 57 pixels to the left, so that is... very tiring and unprofessional...

Let me know if you know a better way to do this.

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EDIT: This works when moving layers, selections, and paths...but not when moving guides.

GIMP displays the X,Y delta information in the Statusbar (View>Show Statusbar) at the bottom of the screen while the move tool is actively in use:

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Sometimes other status bar information (like the "File Saved to..." information) will monopolize the status bar for a few seconds. But the normal status bar display for the move tool is the current layer name (when not actively moving) and the delta info (when moving).

Hopefully that helps!

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  • You are right, it does display X,Y delta information when moving elements with "move the active layer" selected, but to move a guide I have to select "pick a layer or guide" to move it and there it does not show delta information. In my case I was moving a guide and was missing the delta information.
    – Booth
    Sep 5 '16 at 17:21
  • Oh! You're correct. The method I described works for moving layers, selections, and paths...but not guides. I don't know of a way to fix this–perhaps another poster does? Sep 5 '16 at 17:50
  • This would make for a nice feature request. If you'd like to file it yourself, start at: bugzilla.gnome.org/… Sep 5 '16 at 19:17
  • Hi Michael! I've filed a bug here bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=770911. I usually avoid filing bug reports (since I'm using custom MacPorts build with some crazy bugs that don't show up in mainline), but hopefully this one is useful. Sep 5 '16 at 19:36
  • You could keep an unmodified build around, too. We value bug reports by clueful users (and having custom builds easily qualifies you as such). Sep 6 '16 at 14:20
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You can do this with the Measure tool:

  • Click on the current guide
  • Drag towards new position
  • Depress Control to force exact vertical/horizontal
  • Adjust position, watching the measured distanced on the status bar at the bottom
  • Release button (but don't move)
  • Depress Control/Alt/Ctrl+Alt and re-click to create a horizontal/vertical/both guide at that point
  • Then erase the old guide if needed.

Note: with some Linux desktop managers the Alt-click is captured and cannot be used, you have to use Alt+Control+Click and remove the horizontal guide.

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  • Excelent. I'd have never guessed I can create guides with the measure tool by just Ctrl/Alt + re-click. This is very convenient.
    – Booth
    Sep 7 '16 at 5:59
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The feature you seek is the Offset Command

  1. Select a layer or a selection on a layer
  2. On the Layer menu, hover over Transform and then click Offset.
  3. Enter the change in X, Y.
  4. Click OK.
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  • This is useful, but does not work with offseting guides, does it?
    – Booth
    Sep 7 '16 at 5:27

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