hi all,

here's a description of GIMP's basic image manipulation model
from a UI point of view that i'd like to share:

This is intended as inspiration for user interface thoughts
rather than being thorough documentation. Originally planned
for the brainstorm, it just didn't work without some words..

A summary in ASCII follows below.
Feedback is highly appreciated.


The GIMP user interface has many modes, for starters
see the manual, chapter 4: 'Getting Unstuck'. These
modes can be grouped into five main categories which
build the basic image manipulation model:

tool type:         pencil, airbrush, ...
tool state:        {color, gradient, brush, pattern}
selection mask:    empty, some pixels, all pixels
channel mask:      RGBA, R only, ...
paint context:     layer1, layer2, ...
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