On Sunday, May 15, 2011 03:56:15 am Greg Chapman wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> On 15 May 11 01:01 Christoph Schwitter <christophschwit...@bluewin.ch>
> said:
> > If there is a way to do this? Or another way to get the same result?
> Scaling down will always mean that, at some point, you will need to
> up-scale it with the consequent loss of detail.
> Stitching several parts together will lead to a slow final process,
> which may coke if you have insufficient RAM.
> Probably the only way to do it well is to ensure you have enough RAM
> installed, and that will mean an eeeennnooormous amount. The image
> size, that the GIMP works with is many times bigger than a JPEG file
> that you load. Check the status line on the GIMP. A typical 2.2Mb file
> from my 9Mpx camera expands to around 80Mb once uncompressed for
> editing within the GIMP.
> Greg Chapman

If the OP is working in Linux then perhaps the swap space would take up the 
slack. Also, it may be possible to produce all the pieces of the collage in 
Gimp and then stitch them together in another program, such as Scribus or 
ImageMagick. ImageMagick has a Montage program that might be useful. Any 
program that lacks the memory overhead of Gimp could be used. 
John Culleton
Wexford Press
"Death Wore Black"
Police procedural
by retired police chief Bill Redding
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