Episode 170: Set the Presets!


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A nice feature crept into GIMP 2.7 under my Radar – presets for the tools in the toolbox. You can store all the settings, give them a name and recall them later. I show how to make some for rotating an image and cropping in different aspect ratios.

GIMP 2.7 includes also a system for tagging brushes. A combination of tags and presets allows a big but manageable collection of special brushes. This needs further exploring.

Then I have to brag about the low light capabilities my new X100 – ISO 2000 and nearly no noise. :-)

There is no torrent file for the moment, because we still have to resolve these tracker issues. And beware of the companion file – I think it is only useful for you if you want to tinker with the RAW file or check out an image out of a X100.

The TOC

00:30 GIMP Version numbers
02:00 Saving presets with the rotate tool
03:40 Presets for different crop settings
05:35 The Preset dockable dialogue
05:55 Prests for the text tool
07:30 Using preset tools
08:25 Curves tool – low S-curve
10:00 Bragging about the X100 in low light

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Episode 154: Compile!

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This episode is mostly about Linux and competition. We look at our challenge and the winning image and we have a look at the challenge at gimpusers.com. There you have to design a new splash screen for GIMP.

I mention Linux Outlaws who ranted about Ubuntu and were quite right on the points I would make too. I tried PCLinuxOS, liked it and am now trying Debian Squeeze, the old fashioned Linux Dinosaur. Quite lively for such a beast.

On this Debian installation I try (successfully :-) ) to compile and install GIMP 2.7.2 from the current sources. It is a single user
installation, a recipe for a system wide installation can be found in the wiki. The wiki page I created in the video has been moved already
in the wiki to the right location.

The TOC

00:30 Debian and PCLinuxOS
03:00 The Winter Challenge
05:00 Challenge at gimpusers.com
05:45 Russian GIMP site at sgalagan.com
06:20 Compile GIMP 2.7 – Setting up
12:00 Getting the source code with git
18:00 Install missing packages
22:50 IT’A ALIVE!
24:15 Windows and Mac: Get a virtual machine
25:00 Getting the recipe into the Wiki

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Episode 151: #150 reloaded!

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This week I am solving last weeks problem with a layer group. In #150 I painted over the saturation information without looking at the original data. This time I use Mathias’ method with a layer group. Layer groups are a cool new feature of GIMP 2.7. The work is not yet finished, but they are already usable. 2.7 is “mostly stable” now, you should consider the switch.

And I put again the hat on the street to collect money for the server costs for 2011. See the right sidebar for details.

Sorry, no TOC yet.

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Episode 150: Saturate!

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Finally a new episode – I never had one with more obstacles! But here it is. (And now I even have no time for a proper blog post, because I am going on a class trip tomorrow.)

I explore two new features of GIMP 2.7.2 – I am amazed at the progress.

Then I adapt the often used (and often shown here) technique of dodging and burning with a layer mask to fiddeling with the saturation of an image. I don’t recall to have seen this described anywhere – but I am sure I am not the first one to use this. Has someone a link?

EDIT: There is a big difference between this and the dodge and burn technique. Here I did not change the original data, I made some new. More thinking needed.

TOC by Kevin:

00:24 Welcome to Episode 150 – using on-canvas text editing
02:00 Episode 150 has had a problematic birth
02:40 Gimp 2.7.2
05:25 Cage transform tool
07:25 Access Control project re-visited
08:45 First save the image as an XCF
09:38 Duplicate layer and add an alpha channel
10:26 Curves adjustment to add “pop”
12:50 Create a Layer Group to enhance the lock
14:18 Use Intelligent Scissors to select the lock
18:52 Selectively adjust saturation using a layer in saturation mode
25:00 Selective sharpening using edge detection on a layer mask
32:47 The End

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Episode 143: One Window and Round Prints

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This show covers the single window mode of GIMP 2.7.1 with a video (which sat some weeks here) from nachbarnebenan. I just installed the new version on my machine and I like it.
Then I scratch an itch I had – Printing DVDs with GIMP.
The sound in this episode in not as good as usual. Sorry.

00:20 Berlin and you
01:45 Single window mode demo
06:00 Printing on CD/DVDs
06:50 Defining the media size in Turbo Print
08:20 Defining a new image template
11:30 Starting a new image from the template
12:20 A layer with guide lines
16:15 New layer(s) for content
16:50 Inserting a source image
17:40 Scaling down of the new layer
20:00 A gradient background
21:00 Blending the layers with a mask
24:20 Adding text
25:50 Printing
28:50 Recap and more background about units

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ANNOUNCE: GIMP 2.7.0

This just went through the mailing list:

Martin Nordholts

We are pleased to announce the release of GIMP 2.7.0 which is the
first step towards GIMP 2.8, the next stable release. Even though GEGL
related work has been made, the primary focus for GIMP 2.8 is to get
work not related to GEGL done. This will enable us to fully focus on
GEGL once GIMP 2.8 has been released and finish the integration we
have tentatively started.

You will need GEGL 0.1.0 and babl 0.1.0 found at http://www.gegl.org
and http://www.gegl.org/babl to build GIMP 2.7.0. The GIMP 2.7 release
notes can be read at http://gimp.org/release-notes/gimp-2.7.html. A
more complete but summarized list of changes is in the NEWS file found
at http://git.gnome.org/cgit/gimp/tree/NEWS. This file is also quoted
below.

/ Martin

Changes in GIMP 2.7.0
=====================

UI:

– Change the Text Tool to perform text editing on-canvas (GSoC 2008)
– Add support for tagging GIMP resources such as brushes and allow
filtering based on these tags (GSoC 2008)
– Separate the activies of saving an image and exporting it, there is
now an ‘File->Export…’ for example
– Port file plug-ins to new export API which gets rid of many
annoying export dialogs
– Add a simple parser to size entry widgets, images can be scaled
to e.g. “50%” or “2 * 37px + 10in”
– Arrange layer modes into more logical and useful groups
– Added support for rotation of brushes
– Make the Pointer dockable show information about selection position
and size
– Get rid of the Tools dockable and move toolbox configuration to
Preferences
– Add status bar feedback for keyboard changes to brush paramaters
– Add diagonal guides to the Crop Tool
– New docks are created at the pointer position
– Add support for printing crop marks for images
– Move ‘Text along path’ from tool options to text context menu
– Change default shortcuts for “Shrink Wrap” and “Fit in Window” to
Ctrl+R and Ctrl+Shift+R respectively since the previous shortcuts
are now used for the save+export feature
– Make Alt+Click on layers in Layers dockable create a selection from
the layer
– Allow to specify written language in the Text Tool

Plug-ins:

– Map the ‘Linear Dodge’ layer mode in PSD files to the ‘Addition’
layer mode in GIMP
– Add JPEG2000 load plug-in
– Add X11 mouse cursor plug-in
– Add support for loading 16bit (RGB565) raw data
– Add palette exporter for CSS, PHP, Python, txt and Java, accessed
through palette context menu
– Add plug-in API for getting image URI, for manipulating size of
text layers, for getting and setting text layer hint, and for
unified export dialog appearance

Data:

– Add large variants of round brushes and remove duplicate and
useless brushes
– Add “FG to BG (Hardedge)” gradient

GEGL:

– Port the projection code, the code that composes a single image
from a stack of layers, to GEGL
– Port layer modes to GEGL
– Port the floating selection code to GEGL
– Refactor the layer stack code to prepare for layer groups later
– Prepare better and more intuitive handling of the floating
selection
– Add File->Debug->Show Image Graph that show the GEGL graph of an
image
– Allow to benchmark projection performance with
File->Debug->Benchmark Projection
– When using GEGL for the projection, use CIELCH instead of HSV/HSL
for color based layer modes

Core:

– Make painting strokes Catmull-Rom Spline interpolated
– Add support for arbitrary affine transforms of brushes
– Add support for brush dynamics to depend on tilt
– Add aspect ratio to brush dynamics
– Add infrastructure to soon support vector layers (GSoC 2006)
– Rearrange legacy layer mode code to increase maintainability
– Drop support for the obsolete GnomeVFS file-uri backend
– Allow to dump keyboard shortucts ith File->Debug->Dump Keyboard
Shortcuts
– Prepare data structures for layer groups
– Remove gimprc setting “menu-mnemonics”,
“GtkSettings:gtk-enable-

mnemonics” shall be used instead
– Remove “transient-docks” gimprc setting, the ‘Utility window’ hint
and a sane window manager does a better job
– Remove “web-browser” gimprc setting and use gtk_show_uri() instead

General:

– Changed licence to (L)GPLv3+
– Use the automake 1.11 feature ‘silent build rules’ by default
– Lots of bug fixes and cleanup
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Episode 066: Setting up GIMP 2.6 and looking into the future

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This is basically Episode 002 – but with a really new GIMP (and a more experienced screen caster). But before that I have some news for you about the future of the “Meet the GIMP” project and about the development of GIMP 2.7 and 2.8. I’ll try to explain why we will NOT have 16 bit in 2.8 – and that the developers are not to blame for it. The comments from David Gowers are here and here.
The future of this project is brighter than ever. Philippe will be a regular contributor with his own show track. The forum is really getting off. I never had to interfere there because everybody is friendly and behaves. On the other hand nobody steps around on his toes. And a lot of answers are there before I come to read the question.

The show will go wide screen as in Episode 64, but we’ll have a separate feed for mobile devices.
The funding is secure. In Episode 49 I had asked for donations. They are still coming in. I just paid the demorecorder license for Philippe from that money and have left enough to pay my 20€/month for the server well into January. If the funds are running out I’ll give notice.
BTW, I don’t publish donor names and amounts. I feel that such lists, especially sorted by amount, are humiliating. An amount easily spent by e.g. a German teacher with tenure is a high investment for people in other parts of the geographical or social map. Each donor gets a thank you mail from me as a receipt.
And there are more ways to donate to this project. Time for example. Spread the word about this on your blog or in forums where appropriate. Write comments or go to the forum. Or become a correspondent for the blog if you are stumbling over newsworthy stuff while surfing around on all the other graphics web sites.

The TOC

00:20 Housekeeping – New shows, file formats, feeds and so on
04:40 Look at 2.7, 2.8 and further
11:50 Why not 16 bit in 2.8
12:40 Setting up 2.6
14:20 Preferences dialogue
14:30 Environment
15:30 User interface, previews and keyboard shortcuts
16:00 Theme – Big or small icons
16:40 Help system
17:20 Tool options
18:55 Toolbox
19:10 Default image
19:30 Image window
20:10 Display
20:50 Input devices – activating a Wacom tablet
24:10 Tweaking gimprc for getting rid of the drop space in the toolbox
28:00 Configuring the dockable dialogs
30:30 Selecting tools for the Toolbox
34:00 Recap

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Looking into the Crytall Ball and seeing 2.6.1

… or was I reading the Gimp developers mailing list?

  • there will be a bug fix release to 2.6.1 this week
  • after that the work on 2.7 will start
  • definition of goals for 2.8 is starting now
  • on the list are already
    • merge the successful GSoC projects
    • attempt a port of the projection code (and perhaps more) to GEGL
    • change tools to draw using the Cairo library

:-)

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