GIMP (short for the GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free software raster graphics editor. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool.

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How to make Gimp run as a single window?

Gimp is nice, but the one thing that drives me nuts is that everything floats around in front of each other, often hiding the main window and forcing me to minimize all open windows until I find the ...
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How do I get the latest GIMP version available?

I understand that there is a new version of the GIMP available, although it appears that the only way of doing this is by compiling from source :P Is there another way of getting it, or if I have to ...
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In GIMP, how do I make part of image transparent manually?

How can I make part of the image transparent? I tried the "Color to alpha" option in GIMP, but it's not working. I know in Photoshop you can erase the part you don't like, and make it transparent. ...
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Why did Canonical drop support for Gimp and how to recover from it?

I was offered an upgrade to 16.04. During the upgrade, I saw this: I can kinda see why Expect and w3m are being dropped, but why Gimp? More importantly, how to do I find pre-built packages that I ...
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How to restore the default toolbox windows in GIMP?

I have recently installed GIMP 2.8.6 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit and for the first time when I opened it, two windows along with the main window were available, but now I can only see a single main ...
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What GIMP tutorials are available? [closed]

Where can I get some GIMP tutorials?
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Export image as SVG in GIMP

I have a project I have been working on (an image) within GIMP and I would like to export it as an SVG. Is this possible, or am I going to have to stick with exporting multiple sizes of an image? I ...
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With GIMP, how do I hide all layers except the current one?

Is there a way to hide all other layers when you click on the 'eye' symbol ? It's like what Macormedia Flash does , display only the layer that you click on , all else is hidden. Is there a shortcut ...
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In Gimp can I change all black pixels in a picture to blue pixels?

Using Gimp can I make all the black pixels with RGB(0,0,0) into blue pixels with RGB(0,0,255)?
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How do I select a layer “sitting” under the mouse cursor in Gimp?

I'm using GIMP to copy some layer out of a PSD file, But the layers are badly named, So I want to select the correct layer by clicking on the item I wanted to copy. Which tool should I use, And ...
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How can GIMP 2.8 have two different icons together?

In Unity dash GIMP 2.8.10 has a icon and uses a different one in launcher. GIMP in Dash GIMP in Launcher I searched for GIMP in "File System" and got this. How can this be done while ...
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How do I fill the current selection with color?

I remember there's some option allow you to fill current selection with colors , but I couldn't find it anymore
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GIMP doesn't show Tools window

I have installed GIMP 2.8.4 on Ubuntu 13.04 (via standard repositories). My problem is I don't see Tools window (the one I used to show/hide with the Tab key). How can I make Tools window appear?
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Gimp: Export every layer as a separate PNG image

I have come to a situation where I have an image in Gimp with multiple layers. Now, I want to export every single layer as an individual image (PNG format preferably) automatically to a folder ...
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GIMP: editing .psd file , saving single layer as PNG

I'm reading a PSD file with GIMP , now I want to save a single layer into a PNG file , but when I right click on the layer , there's no such option available.
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Is there a better way to redact a PDF?

I had to print a couple of PDFs recently to send to someone, but I wanted to redact (black out) a couple small bits of text. A quick google search didn't turn up any tools for this specific purpose, ...
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Gimp colours do not fill correctly

This is probably a very easy question, but I am stumped. I am trying to edit a png. I select a colour with the "Select by color" tool, change the fill colour to red ff0000, or 255,0,0, but when I ...
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How to convert image to CMYK in GIMP?

I am supposed to send some artwork to the printers tomorrow and their guidelines requires it to be CMYK. I have installed the plugin Separate+ from the 'gimp-plugin-registy' package. I have also ...
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Where would I find a PPA for the newest version of GIMP?

Does anyone know of a PPA that has the development version of GIMP? I would like to try out the new single window mode.
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GIMP Windows Placement when Opened in Unity [closed]

I have just installed Natty Narwhal replacing my Lucid Lynx system. I use GIMP so much, and found that in Unity, when opening GIMP (and actually any applications, I think), the windows placements are ...
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How to set pressure sensitivity in GIMP to control line thickness?

My sister is moving from Windows and I just got her a new graphics tablet. However, the pressure sensitivity controls opacity rather than line thickness; she really needs this feature from Photoshop/...
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GIMP 2.8 doesn't allow to save usual image file formats (jpg, png) via Save dialog

I used to save images as usual image file formats (jpg, png) by pressing Ctrl+S or Ctrl+Shift+S (Save or Save As dialog). Now in version 2.8 GIMP doesn't allow it anymore: you can Save only as .xcf ...
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Is there a 'contiguous' option for the magic wand in Gimp?

In Photoshop the Magic Wand tool has a contiguous setting, that when enabled, will cause the Magic Wand to select only one area. If disabled you will end up with several areas of the same color (...
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When will Gimp 2.8 come to the software repository?

I'm not a novice, I could find a ppa or just compile it but I like to keep my systems tidy. So with that being said, when will Gimp 2.8 come to the software repository? Also, rather than just getting ...
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Can global application menu be made to behave better with GIMP?

I actually like the global menu of Unity. However, for GIMP, it's totally broken and terrible. Gimp uses multiple unassociated windows for its toolbars, and as soon as a toolbar gets focus the ...
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How to install separate+ gimp-plugin for cmyk support?

In order to open CMYK photoshop files, I want to install the separate+ plugin for gimp. Since for building separate+ from sources it is required editing the makefile by hand(?), I was hoping for an ...
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Most options are disabled/greyed-out in GIMP [closed]

I'm attempting to resize an image and save the resizes image. Google taught me that I should be looking for the scale image option, however it's disabled along with Save Image, Export image and most ...
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Center the newly created text in GIMP?

After creating a text , how can I center it ? I'm not talking about the text alignment inside the text box. Thanks
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How can I combine multiple images into a single GIMP file with the command line?

How can I combine multiple JPEGs into a single, layered XCF via the command line? Using GIMP's graphical interface I can choose File ▸ Open as Layers..., but I don't see an analogous command-line ...
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How to upload an image to deviantArt directly from Inkscape and GIMP?

How can I upload an image directly from Inkscape or GIMP to deviantArt?
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Apply transparent background in GIMP

How can you make remove the background and replace with transparency (as represented by checkered background in PS)? Is there any limitations in the file type I can export the image to?
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How to copy a layer between images or canvas in gimp 2.8?

I have two image tabs open and I want to copy one layer from the first image to the second image keeping dimensions and size. How would I do that? Example: I have this 640px by 400px first image ...
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How to add a drop shadow effect in Gimp?

Can anyone tell me how to add a drop shadow effect in Gimp. I have seen it in a number of designs. EXAMPLES: and
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Centre, left and right align text in GIMP

I am running Ubuntu 14.10, and GIMP 2.8. And I was wondering if there is any way of left aligning, right aligning, or centring text in GIMP? As this would be something very useful and is included in ...
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Gimp: toolbox display & main window resize issues in 12.10

I recently installed 12.10. When Gimp is launched, its main window extends below the bottom of the screen, and cannot be resized vertically, only horizontally. Also, the toolbox window isn't displayed ...
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How to install GIMP 2.7?

Here I ask this question since 12.04 Beta 2 is usable and this question would come up sooner then later. After issuing the standard sudo add-apt-repository ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn sudo apt-get ...
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GIMP Package broken, Ubuntu Software centre not working

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and have installed GIMP last night. But today, my update manager is showing that your system has broken packages and dependencies. When I try to install the GIMP update that is ...
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Is there a quality-saving photo zoom plugin for GIMP?

For Photoshop there is Genuine Fractals plugin to increase image resolution with very little loss in visual quality. Is there an analogue for GIMP?
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Strange behaviour with Gimp and Wacom

When I enable the wacom tablet in the Gimp extended input devices (setting it to 'screen'), to use the pressure sensitivity, it starts to behave strangely. I cannot pick guides from the rulers and the ...
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Gimp won't open PSD file: 'no such file or directory' [closed]

Trying to open a PSD file in Gimp, I get this message: Opening '/home/neils/Downloads/file.psd' failed: Error loading PSD file: No such file or directory The terminal output reads: (gimp:2785): ...
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Can I make a screenshot and directly open it in Gimp?

Common use case for me and printscreen: Hit printscreen and save .png Open up Gimp Find file I've saved Edit file (crop and highlight regions) It seems like the first three steps could be combined ...
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Why doesn't GIMP support CMYK?

Why does GIMP not support CMYK? This is a feature that I really need as a user and I don't know why it is not supported in GIMP by default. Is there possibly a way of which I could add support for ...
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Layer and toolbox window doesn't appear when I reopen GIMP after closing it using the launcher

If I close GIMP with the x on its window, everything works fine. But most of the time I have so many images open that I do not want to close each individually. In this case, I go to the Ubuntu ...
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Gimp Crashing On Start

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on what used to be a Windows 7 laptop. I have no partition. Windows is absolutely gone. When I first got Ubuntu, I was thrilled to hear that I can get my beloved GIMP. However, ...
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How to convert an .xcf file/image to JPEG or PNG?

I use the GIMP photo editor which automatically saves the converted files in .xcf format, but they cannot be reopened with any other app. How can I convert or save my images as JPEG or PNG?
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Batch-mode image effects

I've created a small time-lapse animation film using gphoto2 and ffmpeg. The film would look way better if I could run a GIMP effect on all images - say, the cubism effect. Is there a convenient way ...
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How to add new fonts to gimp?

With this question I refer to the one, where to add fonts to libreoffice : Why I can't install new fonts in LibreOffice? How can I add new fonts to gimp ?
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How to install additional Gimp fonts

I want to install more text fonts on Gimp. Currently I have only the default fonts. Where can I download and install them? I am on Ubuntu 13.04, using gnome - lastest version.
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BABL: Recreate aclocal.m4 with macros from libtool 2.4

I am trying to install the development version gimp2.7.2 on my Ubuntu 11.04 box.I was following these instructions for the same.I ran into an error at the step where I had to make babl. sudo make ...
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Why is Gimp not included in the installation image by default, despite the fact that Canonical no longer tries to shrink their iso to a cd's volume?

Why is Gimp no longer included in the installation image by default, despite the fact that Canonical has moved away from trying to make the image fit on a 700mb volume?