I submitted this as a bug, here:
It was suggested that I post it to the gimp-developer list, so I apologize if
anyone is receiving this twice.
While I appreciate that GIMP's gradient editor is highly capable, the advanced
features are set up in such a way that creating a simple gradient quickly is
next to impossible. This is a major usability problem. I would suggest the
following changes in order to remedy this:
* At the moment, clicking on an endpoint does nothing. Right-clicking on an
endpoint brings up a context menu, but for the *segment* that's currently
selected and not the *endpoint* itself. Instead, if you click on an endpoint,
it should select that endpoint. Double-clicking it should pop up a color
dialog that allows you to edit the color at that endpoint, and then sets that
color for *both* segments.
* Right clicking on an endpoint should give you a context menu for that
endpoint, where you can either set the color for that point on both segments,
or to the right or left segment. It should also allow you to delete an
endpoint, merging the segments to the right and left of it.
* Clicking on an endpoint should update the color box to that endpoint's color
as long as the endpoint is selected. If a color is dragged into the color box
while an endpoint is selected, that endpoint should be set to the new color for
the segments on either side.
* Right clicking on a segment gives you a context menu for the currently
selected segment and not necessarily the segment you clicked on. This means
that if I attempt to set endpoint colors for that segment, I could end up
instead setting endpoint colors for a different segment.
* Double-clicking on the middle of a segment does nothing. What it *should* do
is split the segment at the point that you double-clicked and (possibly) pop up
a dialog box that allows you to select a color for the new point. This should
also happen if you double-click the half-way marker.
Here's the difference it would make. Let's say that I want to make a simple,
continuous, two-segment gradient. At the moment, I need to do the following:
* Create a new gradient.
* Click on the segment to select it.
* Right click on the segment, select "left endpoint's color"
* Set a color.
* Right click on the segment, select "right endpoint's color"
* Set a color
* Right click on the segment, select "split segment at midpoint"
* Left click on the left segment to select it
* Right click on the left segment
* Select "right endpoint's color"
* Set the color to what I want
* Copy the HTML value for the color onto my clipboard
* Left click on the right segment to select it
* Right click on the right segment
* Select "left endpoint's color"
* Paste the color from my clipboard
I *should* be able to do it as follows:
* Create a new gradient
* Double click the left endpoint
* Set the endpoint's color
* Double click the right endpoint
* Set the endpoint's color
* Double click the midpoint (which splits the gradient there automatically)
* Set the midpoint's color
Note that the process has half as many steps and doesn't involve navigating
The above changes would vastly improve simple gradient editing in GIMP without
removing any advanced features or making advanced gradient editing more
Thanks for your consideration,
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