Welcome to Gimp 2.6

Well! Back when this blog started, I made a promise not to upgrade until it was totally safe, and now I think it is. 2.6 was not actually dangerous at any time, but I have gotten good results from testing it in the current release on my Mac and my PC in version 2.6.6, so my suggestion to you is to go ahead and grab it as soon as possible. Still Free, so that's brilliant.

Some of the tools have been upgraded. I like what they've done with the lasso tool in particular.

All the old posts on this blog now bear the tag "GiMP 2.4/2.5", and all future posts will bear the tag "GiMP 2.6" until such a time that the upgraded version moves on sufficiently to note it.

And since this isn't much of a post, I'll open the comments for any suggestions or questions. I know one outstanding tutorial suggestion is how to make your photo into a pseudo-cartoon like my avatar is. If you have other suggestions, here's a good time to post them for my review.


D said…
Brand new to GiMP. I have a Visio drawing that I have saved as a .bmp file. I want to use GiMP to open this file and give the drawing a transparent background.

I always end up with a black background despite numerous attempts.

I am trying to select the elipses out of the base file then paste to a new one with a transparent background. It looks good in GiMP (checkered background) - but when I paste it to an image it has a big black sqare background!
Can you give me any further tips on how to do this?

Thanks for any help!
Frank Turk said…
This is a great question.

I will create a tutorial on this tonight and post it.
Serr8d said…
A question on your GIF transparency tutorial...

I ran into a problem on the Index screen. Converting to 16 colors was just fine; but the 'remove unused colors from colormap' box was grayed out, and could not be selected. Therefore, I could not save with a transparent background.

I've never been able to save a transparent .gif file; I'm forced to use the .png extension.

Frank Turk said…
It's grayed out in mine as well (on my PC anyway -- the example from the tutorial was done on my Mac), but that shouldn't stop you from being able to save as a transparency.

[1] make sure you're pasting your pre-indexed image into a new image which has a transparent background. If you're using an image which has the BG set to the BG color, you'll fail.

[2] make sure you anchor the pasted image into the new image after pasting. This is the step almost everyone forgets, and this does actually prevent you from creating a transparent image.

If that still doesn't work, e-mail me your image files and I'll take a look at them for a better shot at solving your problem.
psturg said…
I would like to know more about converting text to a certain path. Is that possible? I've played with it a little and just can't figure it out.
David Kjos said…
Frank, I'm wondering how long it took to make this logo. I confess I don't get it. I've got my own probably-backwards way, and did this (thinking of you, obviously) in about 30 minutes. Your way is faster, yes?
Frank Turk said…
David --

About an hour, but I cheated -- I used both Illustrator and GiMP.

I couldn't make the neon line in the background or the layered outlines in GiMP. But I couldn't make the shadows or the text in perspective in Illustrator.

Totally cheated, but the final product is stellar, wouldn't you agree?
Serr8d said…
Why are the comments disabled on your latest post?

Text to path is useful if you want text to flow in a non-linear solution; i.e. a curvy line, or a circle, and is illustrated in this tutorial here.
David Kjos said…
Yeah, it's sharp; but GiMP can do all of that. My (admittedly cruder because I was hurrying to make a point) image is all GiMP. I forgot the shadows, but that's the easiest part.
Frank Turk said…
Serr8d --

OH! You meant putting text ON A PATH, not converting a text to a path.

Yeah, that's different -- and it is entirely cool, but it is also very hard to do in GiMP, that tutorial notwithstanding. I haven't yet been able to do it successfully, which probably says more about me than it does about the tool.

As for comments being turned off, comments aren't open for every post because, well, them's the breaks.

I am more at-ease knowing that comments only get turned on when I am available for Q-and-A
jc said…
I have several PDFs. Each page has several "flash card" boxes to be printed out. I would like to crop each "flash card" into a 4x6 JPG as efficiently as possible.

What do you suggest?
Frank Turk said…
Are all the flash cards oriented in the same direction (horizontal or vertical)?
jc said…
Yes. See here: http://sn.im/words1-50
jc said…
I'm still undecided whether I want each 4x6 JPEG to have one "flashcard box" or 2. It depends on how the photo center develops the images. So I'd like to be ready with both formats:
1) each 4x6 JPEG having one flashcard box
2) each 4x6 JPEG having 2 flashcard boxes side by side.
Frank Turk said…
How goo do you want the print-out resolution to be?
jc said…
For some reasons, I won't need to produce these in 4x6 JPEGs anymore. I plan on just printing as is (8.5 by 11 letter size).

Thank you, though!
iamgreaser said…
How do you remove unused colours from an indexed image but maintain the order? I've done it by creating a temporary colourmap, copying all the colours across, and then converting to RGB and back to indexed, using the colourmap I made.

THIS IS A BASIC OPERATION DAMMIT. Why do I have to use such an arse-backwards approach just to remove colours‽
Frank Turk said…
Greaser --

I think your solution is clever, but I have to admit that I think you missed an obvious way to remove a color: use the color picker on the indexed image for the color you want to remove; convert all the pixels there into the color you think they should be in your new map. Then swap the image to RGB then back to Indexed, and the color map should convert in the same order with the color you don't want removed.

Let me know if that gets the result you want. And let's remember that GiMP, while about 10,000 times better than Paint, is still not actually Photoshop. It's open source software for cheapskates, and we get what we pay for.

Jarek said…
Frank, I'm trying to blend two images using gimp, following the Gimping Along tutorial. When I paste the second image onto the base image, it always has the color of the base image (base = blue, second = green, second pasted on base = blue). I don't know if this is a clear explanation of my issue but do you know what I am doing wrong (I'm working with simple, one-color.gif images that I want to blend)?
Frank Turk said…
Jarek --

switch your color mode to RGB, then switch back to indexed mode after you do your pasting. You could also stay in RGB mode and save your final image as .png if you have the need for transparency.

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