GIMP 2.6.6 running on Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy" Linux.
Is this a bug?
Should I post this on the developer list instead?
Am I doing this incorrectly?
At a minimum, I think there is some GUI confusion... at least it is not
logical to my way of thinking.
This is a little complicated, so please read through before jumping to
assumptions. Thank you.
I need to make a new image that "looks" the same as an existing image.
The reason for this is not important but I cannot use SaveAs because
there is serious ICC profile corruption (it kills the plugin that
attempts to assign sRGB profile) and I actually have to copy and paste
the image into a new image to get a "clean" image. So, for whatever
inane reason, I need to make a new image with the visual contents of the
- Select all in old image
- New Image (set to fill background with black). This method gives the
new image the exact correct pixel size as the old image -- that's
important. (I also want to fill background with black as my default
because _sometimes_ I want to make the canvas larger and paste in
multiple bits of other images.)
- Paste into the new image. This now results in a Background and a
Floating Selection. It says "Floating Selection" it does *NOT* say "...
- At this point I want to flatten the image to a single layer with no
1) Tool set to rectangular marque only acts as a Move tool.
2) Double clicking ON THE IMAGE has NO effect.
3) In the "New Image" process above, the window size created is the
size of the image itself -- there is *NO* "outside the canvas"
background visible. HOWEVER, if I now drag the window larger so that I
do have "outside the canvas" background area and double click in the
"outside the canvas" area, it DOES anchor the image whereas double
clicking on the image itself does not have an effect.
* I think that is either a bug or a poorly implemented feature *
* that the user is forced to drag the window larger, etc. *
4) ALTERNATIVELY, I can go to the menu and do "Layer, Anchor Layer".
That works just fine.
*** BUT, PLEASE NOTE here it says "Layer". It says nothing about
anchoring a "Floating Selection". There is an inconsistency in
terminology. If I am working with a "Floating Selection" I would first
think to look in the Select menu items for an action to take. Or
perhaps the Image menu items (where Flatten Image is grayed out).
5) Furthermore, what I think I want to do is what I would call
"Flatten" the image. In the docs...
it discusses the "Image, Flatten Image" command. That is what I
think I wanted to do all along. (And in PhotoShop 5.x, that is exactly
the terminology for what one would do in this case -- but I know this is
Gimp, not PS.)
*** HOWEVER in this scenario, "Flatten Image" is grayed out and
I do not know if, under the hood, making a floating selection merge
into the background by anchoring a layer is all the same thing as
flatten image, or if they are different tasks.
But, at a minimum, there is a terminology problem
do something (?what?) with Floating Selection
To a newbie, this would be more than a little confusing.
I do not claim to know the "right" answer, but at a minimum:
1) The New Image, Paste, Anchor Floating Selection process should
be much, much smoother without having to either drag the window larger
or even have some way to have it automatically anchored.
!!! Perhaps in the New dialog (Advanced section), there could
be a method to simply create the new image with the contents of the
clipboard so that you don't have to either paste or anchor!!!!
2) Sort out the conflicting terminology and menu items / menu
Feedback welcomed. Sorry for yammering on.
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