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Questions tagged [gimp]

Questions about GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Ask scripting questions on Stack Overflow, software support questions on Super User, and anything related to design here on Graphic Design.

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Making the background of an image transparent in Gimp

I have some jpg images and I need for each of them to have a transparent background. I have GIMP as a graphic tool. I need to put them in a web page and I need to see just the main element and have ...
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GIMP “color to alpha” is not selectable

Do I have to do something "special" to get the Color -> Color to alpha menu option to work in GIMP? I am trying to convert a background color on a GIF image to transparent by converting the background ...
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GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer

I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work. As soon as I click inside the text layer ...
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Add transparency to an existing PNG

I'd like to use this image on a web site. What I need to do is change the background from black to transparent, so I can use the arrow on my site maintaining the page background. I used Gimp to ...
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Q: Gimp vs Photoshop

I have been using Photoshop since the beginning of time. Other than the infamous Paintshop Pro, it is the only image editor I have used. I am about to embark on an adventure of trying out GIMP as a ...
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Make image partially transparent in gimp

I want my image to have 60% transparency. How can I do this in gimp?
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GIMP: 'move layer' stops working

I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an explicit selection, e.g. CTRL+A on a ...
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Professionals: Would you choose GIMP over Photoshop and/or Inkscape over Illustrator?

I know Adobe's solutions are more advanced, but, as professionals, do you think you would survive (against competition) using GIMP and/or Inkscape instead of Photoshop and/or Illustrator for your ...
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How to select more layers with GIMP?

In Adobe Photoshop I am able to select multiple layers at once with Shift+Click. How can I do that in GIMP?
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Crop a big picture into several small size pictures

Is there a a way with GIMP editor to crop a big picture into several small equal sized pictures? So when all those small pictures connected in order would make a big picture.
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how to make a color transparent in GIMP

I realize there are a ton of questions like this, but they are all way overcomplicated for what I am trying to do. What I want to do is very simple. I want the background of my image completely ...
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Gimp - Using an image as the transparency layer of another image

I have two images (For the sake of simplicity, Image1 and Image2). I want to use Image2 as a transparency for Image1. How can I do that? Assume I've done little more with Gimp than play with some ...
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How do I insert arrows into a picture in GIMP?

I'd like to insert perfect arrows (the sort you can make using Inkscape: straight, symmetric tips, of customizable width and length, etc.) into images in GIMP. At the moment the closest thing to this ...
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What's the most efficient way to “blank” old comic word balloons while retaining paper texture?

I'm taking very old (1940s and '50s) comics and trying to remove the text from some of their word balloons. I don't want to just erase their contents to pure white space, though, as the paper colour ...
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How to convert old scanned documents into black and white

I have some old documents that have been scanned, and I want to convert them to black and white. Content should be always black, and background white: I use Photoshop.
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Generate colorful streamline pattern (using FOSS)

I found a very interesting pattern, which I would like to recreate: Source I tried to start with the RGB-Noise filter of Gimp, but didn't get a comparable pattern so far. I understood, that there ...
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GIMP - change color of object preserving feathering

I have an .xcf image and I like to change the color of some objects within it. The objects are mostly one solid color with the edges feathered into transparency. I.e. all pixels in the object are ...
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Why does my transparent PNG not look good?

I want to convert a JPG to transparent and using GIMP I added alpha layers and transparency same way I make a GIF transparent I converted it to PNG but it doesn't display well when I load it on my ...
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In GIMP, how to colorize using a reference color?

I have an image I wish to colorize using a picked color. What is the handiest/easiest way to do this in GIMP? I've tried my best by checking the palette for my picked color's HSV, then using it as ...
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How to get standard results in colour management in Linux

I have recently calibrated and profiled my screen, with a ColorHug device. I'm using Gnome, and have the profile installed through gcm. When opening an image in GIMP and DigiKam, the results are ...
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Get difference between two images as transparent image in GIMP

I have two images A and B which are similar in many regions. I want to create an image C so that B = C on top of A where C should be as transparent as possible. on top of is the normal layer ...
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Make an outline with GIMP, like in Photoshop

How do I add a stroke to a layer in GIMP?
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Gimp Pasted Layer Move Tool

What I want to do is paste a picture to a new gimp file. I have the background layer and when I paste it puts it into the floating selection like expected. I found that I'm supposed to turn it into a ...
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GIMP: How to move a selection in a layer?

I'm having a weird behavior when trying to move a selected rectangle or polygon in a layer. I do the next: 1. Select layer. I want to move the shine that belongs to the brillos y manchas layer: 2. ...
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How do I directly set layer positions in Gimp?

I'd like to directly set (i.e. type in actual coordinates of) the position of my layer in the image, like you can with the selection box: (Not the size, but that would also be cool) Is this possible?...
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Should I (a web designer) stick with gimp, or buy Photoshop?

I am a web designer. I do not use/own any adobe products... except for watching flash videos online of course. I currently use gimp 2.6 for my graphic needs. It's free and I know how to use it. The ...
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Why can't the GIMP align tool select some layers?

When I try to align various layers in GIMP 2.8, sometimes the align tool selects the entire image, not the layer I clicked on. It doesn't matter how many times I try, and closing/reopening doesn't ...
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Cleaning up line art with choppy edges

So, a while back I created this icon from a game, but looking back on it behind a white background instead of an alpha-channel its edges are super choppy in some places while it's smooth in others, ...
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How to create a one pixel pencil brush in Gimp?

I have googled this and found a number of answers and videos which all say that this can be done by setting the brush size slider in the brushes panel or brush editor panel. I'm either clicking on ...
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How can I map the colors in a greyscale image to a specific color gradient?

I’m attempting to add color to some greyscale icons (i.e. all three channels are identical). I want to map the colors such that the brightest grey becomes one specific color, the darkest grey becomes ...
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Can you draw a constrained straight line with GIMP's paths tool?

In GIMP, you can (in various modes) draw a constrained straight line which will "snap" the line you're drawing to the nearest 15 degree angle, making it easy to draw lines in a precise direction. For ...
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GIMP: How to crop a layer?

I have a screenshot where I want only a part of the pasted image, and I want to turn the white that's in it transparent. First I need to crop the pasted image. I have selected the layer and a ...
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How to copy a layer group to another image in GIMP?

In GIMP I have 2 images with exact same size and properties but different layers. Now I have a relatively large layer group, which I would like to copy to the other image. As usual I copy and paste it....
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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 make an animated gif with a transparent background without overlap?

When I try to make a gif with two frames both of which have a transparent background in GIMP, what happens is that the first frame looks OK, then the second frame appears on top of it, such that you ...
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Replace black background with a transparent background

How can I add transparent background on this image instead of black background, but I also would like to keep the partial transparency effect on some of the particles and particles borders. Could you ...
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How do you cut out the centre of an image, bringing the edges closer together?

I need to cut a large number of columns out of a PNG image. The area I want to remove is in the centre of the image; I therefore want the left and right edges to be closer together after the cut. I ...
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How to apply anti-aliasing to a layer with a transparent background?

I have one layer with some black pixels in the middle and a transparent background. If I add an opaque white background under it, merge both, and then click "Antialias" from the "Filters" menu, it ...
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Photoshop curved Shadow

How to create the shadow effect as per the url/image below? Specifically, the rounded/curved shadow at the bottom:
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Annoying GIMP issue (fill bucket with a circle-slash icon on the cursor)

I am trying to bucket fill a layer, but I get this crazy cursor I cant get rid of. I think its because I have something selected. I tired Select All, Select None, but the cursor does not change. I ...
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In GIMP, how do I use an image as a color reference to colorize a black-and-white photo?

Let's say I have created a layer on a black-and-white image with a layer mask to colorize some parts (for example skin). I am able to change this with Colorize and change to any color. But how do I ...
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How to edit existing rectangle selection in GIMP?

I have a rectangle selection. As long as I stay on the rectangle selection tool I can click in the rectangle to change the size. If I switch to another tool (e.g. move tool) and then come back to ...
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In GIMP, how do I get the smudge/blur tools to work properly?

I use the smudge tool very often in GIMP while painting. Unfortunately, the algorithm tends to generate a much darker version of what the smudged color ought to look like. For instance, a normal ...
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How to quickly set GIMP selection aspect ratio to that of the image?

If I don't know the aspect ratio of an image, what is the most efficient method to set the selection aspect ratio to that of the image? The fastest I've found (not fast at all) is to look at the ...
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How do you set the default text size in Gimp 2.8 for Mac OSX Mountain Lion?

I am using Gimp 2.8 for Mac OS X, and I would like to change the default text size from 18 pt to 36 pt, so that I don't have to highlight the text and manually change every time I create a new text ...
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Can I predefine brushes with color and size in Gimp?

I sometimes find myself using Gimp the way I would use paper. For example, I want to use blue ink size 1.4, anthracite 2-px pencil and size 20 eraser, to recreate the look of a school notebook. I don'...
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Can I change the default Gimp transparent background to white?

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 ...
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Hard edges on bucket fill tool in Gimp

I am trying to fill a selected region using the bucket tool in Gimp. I want everything to have hard edges, no gradual shading unless I do it myself. However, when I fill the region I end up getting ...
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How do I brighten a part of a picture with Gimp?

Say I wanted to bring out the colors in the shadowy bottom right hand part of the attached image, how would I go about it? I assume I need to restrict the processing to that part but I have no idea ...
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How to change color of multiple text objects at once

I'm using GIMP and I have a lot of text object in a project that must have the same color. Every time I want to change this color I have to select the texts one by one and change it. Is there a way to ...