This is the the Call for Answers for the "clean room" reimplementation of
the GIMP User FAQ. Please send [EMAIL PROTECTED] a message stating your
intent to write an answer, and CC it to the lists so that no one else
takes that question. If I do not recieve an answer within three days, I
will open that question up again.
Once all the questions are answered, I will send a final draft out for
comments. The final version of the FAQ will be placed under the GNU Free
Soon thereafter we will start with the Call for Questions for the
I must reiterate that copying from the current GIMP FAQ's is simply not
acceptable. Such submissions will be rejected.
If English is not your first language, don't feel that you can't take
part. Any grammar mistakes will be lovingly corrected, so even if your
English is not perfect, you can still contribute significantly.
FAQ entries should be written with respect to 1.2.x, but should also
contain any significant changes in 1.3.x. If you don't use 1.3.x, it is
not neccessary to mention differences in 1.3.x -- they will be added by
the GIMP web team.
Please do not assume that all readers of this document will be Linux users
-- we want to treat users of all supported operating systems equally, to
the extent that our limited resources are capible of supporting.
Here is the list of questions:
I. About the GIMP.
1. What is the GIMP?
2. What does GIMP stand for?
3. What features does it have?
3a. What limitations does GIMP have? How many layers, channels, etc. can
4. How close in functionality to PhotoShop is the gimp?
4a. Does it support CMYK?
b. 16-bit per channel images?
c. Floating-point channels?
d. Does GIMP provide a "gamut warning" like Photoshop?
5. What are the minimum system requirements?
5a. What operating systems is it available for?
6. Where can I get it?
6a. There are some binary versions on the GIMP website. Should I download
them or build GIMP myself?
6b. Where can I get non-official gimp packages for foo?
7. What version should I get?
8. What documentation is available?
8a. Where can I find some "good" GIMP tutorials?
9. Is there a GIMP mailing list?
10. How about an IRC channel?
11. Where can I find other GIMP stuff?
12. What books on the gimp are recommended? Beginner and intermediate
level books would be great.
13. Is GIMP a true GNU program?
14. What is the history of GIMP?
15. What is the relationship between GNOME and GIMP?
16. What is that cute little animal's name? Who drew him?
17. Easter eggs are fun. Does GIMP have any?
II. Hardware Support
18. Does GIMP support digital cameras?
19. Does GIMP support scanners?
20. Does GIMP support drawing tablets?
III. Installing From Source
21. I just downloaded this GIMP soure thing, and now I don't know what to
22. Ok, I'm trying to compile gimp, and this `./configure' program
complains about missing or old libraries. What gives?
22a.But I know I have the right version of libfoo! Why can't configure
IV. Basic Usage
23. How do layers work?
23a.What are layer "masks" and how do they work?
24. How do channels work?
26a.What is this "Quick Mask"?
27. How can I draw basic shapes (straight line, circle, square, etc.)?
28. How can I change the color I draw in?
29. How can I change the foreground color of some text to a pattern?
30. Is it possible to align text along a curve in an image? If so, how is
31. What does "feathering" mean?
32. What does "anti-aliasing" mean?
33. What about "subsampling"?
34. How can I make what I have selected into a separate image?
35. How can I add what I have selected into a new image?
36. How can I make part of my image transparent?
36a.How can I make all of a certain color transparent?
37. How can I do gamma correction?
38. Can I create animations with GIMP?
38a.Where can I find online resources/tutorials on creating animations
39. What restrictions are imposed on animations created with GIMP?
40. What are plug-ins?
41. Where can I find new plug-ins?
41a.How can I add them to my GIMP?
42. EEEK! I downloaded the latest version of gimp, and my favorite plug-in
43. Are Photoshop Filters/Plugins supported?
44. What is Script-Fu?
44a.How does the "Xtns/Script-Fu" menu differ from the "Script-Fu" pop-up
45. Where can I learn more about it?
46. How can I find out the step-by-step process to make the logo effects
in the "Xtns/Script-Fu/Logos" menu? I can see the resultant layer
data, but have NO idea of how to do that myself.
47. How can I call a plug-in in Script-Fu? How about another script?
48. What in the world is a "Procedural Database Error?"
49. Is there a macro recorder that automagically creates Script-Fu scripts
VIII. Customizing GIMP
50. How can I change keybindings?
51. How can I ensure that certain of the GIMP's windows, for instance the
Levels or Crop and Resize Information windows, always open in the same
position on screen?
52. What other customizations can I make to the interface?
53. Can I add my own brushes?
53a.Can I use brushes from other software such as Photo Shop or Paint
Shop Pro with the GIMP?
54. Can I add my own patterns?
55. Can I give a copy of this gradient or palette I've created to a
56. How does one set defaults in Gimp for e.g., output formats?
VIV. Coping with Fonts
57. My fonts are ugly.
58. What font formats does GIMP support?
59. Where can I get more fonts?
60. The font that the GIMP uses for its menu text is nappy. How can I
61. I want to make my own font to use with gimp. What font editors are
there that work with GIMP?
IX. File Formats
62. How can I save a graphic without losing anything?
63. What other formats does GIMP support?
63a.What versions of PhotoShop .PSD files are supported by the PhotoShop
64. I can't save my file as a GIF or TIFF.
65. I can't save my file as some other file format.
66. How can I add support for the foo file format to GIMP?
X. International Issues
67. What languages does GIMP support?
68. Does GIMP support X Input Method?
69. Why doesn't text in my native language render correctly with the Text
70. Does GIMP support bidirectional output?
XI. Batch Mode
71. How do I use batch mode?
72. At what point is it better to use The GIMP for batch processing over
73. Do I have to use an X server to run GIMP even in batch mode?
74. How can I call a Script-Fu script using batch mode?
75. How can I connect my web server to GIMP like flamingtext.com?
XII. Performance and Troubleshooting
76. I'm trying to paint and nothing is happening - what did I do wrong?
77. GIMP is slow. How can I speed it up?
78. How can I see which bugs have been reported?
79. How can I report a bug I've found which hasn't been reported yet?
80. I'm using <pick os and distribution>. What problems specific to it do
you know about?
81. I'm using <pick X Server>. What problems specific to it do you
82. Who wrote GIMP?
83. Who has contributed to the FAQ?
84. Who wrote the included plug-ins?
85. Who wrote the Script-Fu scripts?
86. Who made the brushes and patterns included with the GIMP?
87. Who made the gradients and palettes incluced with the GIMP?
88. Who created the artwork?
89. Who is the GIMP FAQ team?
90. Who has contributed to the FAQ?
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