So Randhir,
It is true that the stored brush size is no longer automatically used.

However, GIMP has a feature that is somewhat "hidden" that can make
for it, and even give much  more flexibility than just the brush size.
 It will require one extra level of configuration, though:
GIMP 2.8 have the "tool presets" feature. You can find then in the
proper dockable dialog (windows->dockable dialogs->tool presets) -
besides storing suggestions for tool configurations shipped with GIMP,
these presets are a fast way to restore any tool, with all the
configured parameters, with a single click!

So, you have to do the following: select your desired brush,
pick your tool of choice (e.g. the Paintbrush) - type in your desired
size for that brush.
Since you are at it, you may optionally take your time to fine tune
all painting parameters you may like with this brush: smooth stroke,
an specific Painting dynamics, even a color.

When you are done, go to the "Tool presets" dialog, and press the
button for a new preset. (The button marked with  the same "New" icon
as is used in most other dialogs). You are then taken to the "tool
preset editor" dialog - it is an extremely simple dialog - because
when it is open, GIMP will already remember the tool you are using,
along with all the options you finetuned. All you have to do in this
dialog is to mark the "Apply stored brush" checkbox, in your case (or
don't if you want a preset that will change to a specific brush size,
no matter the selected brush). AH, of course, type in a suitable name
for the preset - like "plantbrush size 15". Click on the solitary
"save" button on the bottom of this dialog, and go back to the "tools
preset" dialog.

>From now on, one single click on the "plantbrush size 15" icon in this
dialog will instantly set your brush, size and other painting options,
and switch to the painting tool of choice.

So, this is what make for fixed size for brushes in GIMP 2.8 - but
there is still one further trick:
There are a lot of presets. And if you create one or more preset for
each brush you have, you will soon have a lot more! Now enter in the
"tags" feature - if you haven't discovered them yet - on the tool
preset dialog, (or any item dialog in GIMP, for that matter), you have
two text entries. The entry below the main dialog contents allow you
to set Tags for each item. For example, you might want to type in
"brush" in this entry (be sure to press <enter> after typing it). That
is it - now your preset is Tagged with the "brush" tag. Now, you just
have to type in "brush" in the other entry, above the dialog contents,
and those are instantly filtered, showing only the items with the
"brush" tag. Therefore, you could easily create 10-20 presets making
use of a single tag, and it would be manageable. If you need more than
that, you just add more tags to the mix :-)


On 13 March 2014 19:40, Judy Wilson <> wrote:
> I have been using the GIMP for about 10 years now, don't really understand
> most of the technical stuff that goes on with this list, but it has been
> very helpful (the list) to me when I have had specific questions I could not
> find the answers to on the web. I use the GIMP for all my photo editing,
> pretty basic stuff, but I'm good with the basic stuff.
> With the new way the brush sizes work, I was at first frustrated, then I
> discovered I can just select the kind of brush I want, then simply use the
> open and close brackets , [  and ],  to resize it larger or smaller to my
> satisfaction. This works for me, just saying.
> Judy Wilson, a septugenarian user in Belize
> On 03/12/2014 09:41 PM, Randhir Phagura wrote:
>> Richard wrote on 10 Mar 2014 18:16:50 +0530:
>>> scl has already touched upon it somewhat, but one of the large design
>> changes in recent >GIMPs is that brush size is now a tool setting instead
>> of a brush setting - so instead of having >a set of 3/5/7/9/11/etc. sized
>> brushes (being otherwise identical in settings) you have one >brush (with
>> a
>> specific shape/hardness/angle/etc) and you set the size directly using the
>> slider >in the tool's options.  You can still create various sized brushes
>> (as previous versions did) but >then any time you change a brush you'll
>> need to verify the brush size prior to using it (the >slider has a reset
>> button next to it for this purpose).
>> Thanks Richard; But is there a way, in this edition of GIMP, to set the
>> size of a particular brush and then save it so that it reproduces the same
>> size that was set and saved, next time that i start GIMP?
>> Thanks and Regards,
>> Randhir Phagura
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