I want to reduce the canvas size (and the background layer) from 500×500px to 16×16px. How to resize the canvas in GIMP?

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    What have you tried? When learning a new software, take your time to explore the menu items
    – Luciano
    Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 9:44
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    And read the user manual. Commented Mar 16, 2017 at 14:35

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If you want to resize the contents as well (layers, paths...) see Image>Scale image. If you want to just reduce the canvas size, see Image>Canvas size. If you have a 16x16 layer in the middle of large canvas, Image>Fit canvas to layers can also be a solution.

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    +1 for the gif. Beginners like me have a hard time finding whats where.
    – Rishav
    Commented Mar 8, 2020 at 6:54
  • if you want to cut out a piece of an image its a bit more tricky. you have to cut it out then ctrl + a delete then delete the layer from the right side panel then paste and then fit canvas to image works.
    – raven
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 4:44
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    @raven Much simpler actually... Just use the Crop tool, or make a selection, and Image > Crop to selection
    – xenoid
    Commented Sep 6, 2021 at 7:45

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