[LAU] [OT] gimp frustrations

David Olofson david at olofson.net
Wed Dec 5 11:24:08 EST 2007

On Wednesday 05 December 2007, Chuckk Hubbard wrote:
> On Dec 5, 2007 2:16 PM, Dave Phillips <dlphillips at woh.rr.com> wrote:
> > Greetings:
> >
> > Is it possible for the Gimp to be more obtuse ?!
> I'm sure it is, but I can't see how.

It's a user friendly applications, as opposed to a beginner friendly 
application. Frustrating at first, but I'd rather have that than an 
application that's constantly awkward and backwards, just to help 
beginners get started.

> My GIMP frustration is when pasting into an existing picture; I get
> a new layer, and I can't do anything until I anchor it.

You can move it around, and most tools (color, transforms, filters 
etc) will operate on the Floating Selection as if it was a normal 

> When I anchor it, the layer and any selection involved with it
> disappear.

Right; you could think of anchoring as *actually* pasting it - and 
it's pasted into the layer that was previously selected.

If you want to keep it as a separate layer, right click on it in the 
Layers pane and select "New Layer..." Note that the new layer will 
only be as large as the pasted selection! You can use "Layer Boundary 
Size..." or "Layer to Image Size" to change that at any time.

And well... I'll stop here, before it becomes yet another GIMP 
tutorial too long for people to actually read. ;-)

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