GIMP adding a new interface in 2.8, Nested Layer Groups, too.

By on September 1, 2013 2:44:00 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums


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It’s been 5 years since GIMP’s last overhaul so this one’s been overdue. It now has a single window editing mode, although the multi window mode is the default. It can be changed in the “Windows” menu, and the preference will be remembered.

Ars Technica has a ‘hands on’ review which might be more informative to read, as I’d only be quoting and I’ve never used GIMP.

GIMP also gained a number of other design and usability improvements. The title bar on the floating palette windows was removed and the associated configuration button was sucked up into the tab bar. The spin buttons have changed, and are easier to use, especially with a stylus touchscreen device. Save will be in the XCF format only, Other formats can be generated using the “export”. This should save errors in saving incomplete image documents.

More important is the new “nested layer groups”, so artists will be able to have a better, more organized work flow. Another major functional improvement is the new canvas-based text editing support, a feature that is sure to please the “lolcat” folks. No external text editor is needed, and a floating pane will appear above with formatting options.

More promising is the the potential for complete transition to the Generic Graphics Library – a sophisticated processing framework.

One problem: The binary RC or RTM hasn’t been released yet so if you’re desperate for it, you’ll have to compile it yourself…NOT recommended.

You can grab a peek here and read more in its release notes:

If you’re using GIMP, there’s a new book out about it “The Artist’s Guide to GIMP” here:

The ebook (mobi, PDF and ePub) is free, as are the updates. Calibre has been updated to 1.0 for those looking for a great, feature rich ebook manager - reader and format switcher (also free). You can get it here:

Happy Sunday.



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September 1, 2013 5:54:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

i use The GIMP for some tasks. it's "Color to Alpha" has no real equivalent on Photoshop and i prefer it for working with animations.

but this is really old news. the binaries are available since more than a year ago and the current stable version is 2.8.6

Windows version is here:

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September 4, 2013 7:23:34 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I've had GIMP 2.8.6 for awhile now. Have yet to use it though. Been too busy playing in PS.

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September 4, 2013 8:22:14 AM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Really? Why would you keep both?

Photoshop has so many more possibilities in it...unless you have 1.0

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September 4, 2013 11:46:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I like the diversity though Photoshop is my favorite. I use to use Gimp before PS so I guess its a sentimental thing. lol

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