On 04/11/2012 02:01 AM, theolecowboy wrote:
Well, I thought I was getting a partial hang of how to use part of GIMP, but 
couldn't get things to work the way I want.  I'm trying to add sides to some 
images - for example, an image is 250 x 420...I want to make the width 420 by 
adding sides to the image, each added side being 85 pixels each, centering the 
image in the 420 x 420 image.  I added a new layer, then moved the new layer so 
that the image was centered...seemed to work.

I then want to add my site's background color to those sides so that the centered image stands out without 
"interfering" with the site colorations and a "larger image" link appears centered below the total image. 
 A "bad" image can be seen here: 
http://shannonwestongifts.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_151_152&products_id=548.  What I'm trying to 
achieve can be seen here ( friend of mine did this for me with a different program):  

No matter what I've tried, I've been unable to add coloration to the added 
sides, and reading the layers parts of the manual hasn't provided me with an 
answer.  Can someone tell me what I need to do after I add the new layer and 
center the image on top of it?

The right way:

- Image/Canvas size, and center your existing layers in it
- Either use "Layer/Layer to image size" to set one or more layers to the size of the canvas or add a new background layer (and set it to the size of the canvas) (you cannot paint outside of layers...)

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