Testing The Single Window Mode In GIMP

GIMP is one of the most powerful open-source image editing application, rivaling even some of the commercial application out there. One thing that usually turn off people who have migrated to GIMP from other professional software is the extremely different interface that GIMP has. While other software utilizes a single window interface,  GIMP has a multi-window interface.

The GIMP developers have decided to incorporate a single window interface as well in the next release, i.e GIMP 2.8. Well, these is all old news actually and you might have read about it before.  However, it would be interesting to know how it is coming along. So, I decided to install the latest GIMP release (unstable), i.e. GIMP 2.7.3 and test it out.

Single Window Mode!

This is the multi-window mode that GIMP has always had and it is also the default mode in GIMP 2.7.3. However we are not here to talk about this. So, the single window mode can be enabled at Windows -> Single-window mode.

As you can see, the dockable dialogs like Tool Options, Color etc. are not in their own window anymore. They all have been integrated with the main window in Photoshop-fashion. I must say this looks a lot cleaner and more organized than the multi-window mode. The tabs in the windows in multi-windows mode still remains as tabs in the single-windows mode too. However, right now GIMP cannot remember the single-window mode and always starts with the multi-windows mode. This is just a minor issue and will be fixed before GIMP 2.8.

The position and layout of the docks are completely configurable. You can have them arranged in tabs, as different panels on either side of the image or on the same side, in the same panel one above the other etc. However, you cannot put them below or above the image (and for good reasons).

Image Tabs

One thing that has been  discussed  quite a bit is how different opened images will be handled in the single-window mode. In the multi-window mode, different windows are opened for different images. However this is not acceptable in the single-window mode. Here, tabs comes to the rescue.

In the single window mode, when multiple images are opened, they are all opened in the same window and tabs are introduced to navigate between them.

So, there you have it, a brief tour of the single window mode that will be introduced in GIMP 2.8.

If you want to test it, you can find installation instructions here.

Make GIMP Look Like Adobe Photoshop

GIMP does not behave like Adobe Photoshop but we can sure make it look like Photoshop! That will help Adobe Photoshop users switch between GIMP and Photoshop easily and provide for an easier user-interface.

The default GIMP layout is loathed by many given how misplaced the different windows appear. The utility panels will be unified from GIMP 2.8 but until then, we will have separate windows for each panel.

However, this YouTube video shows a cool tweak to make your GIMP appear like Photoshop. Enjoy.

Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill Rant Finally Matches GIMP’s Age Old Feature

On one hand, when the whole Internet is going crazy about the new feature of  “Content Aware Fill” in the latest Photoshop available with Adobe CS5, Gimp, which has had this feature, is remaining quiet.

The latest feature in Photoshop was demoed by Photoshop product manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes. You can see the  Content Aware Fill preview video on Youtube. Basically, with this new feature, we can remove an object from an image safely. Photoshop will automatically create a background with a suitable fill.

Apart from that Photoshop features many new selection technologies and texture generation algorithms. According to the countdown on the homepage, the release is due 19 days from now.

Resynthesizer in Gimp has had this feature from a long time. Add the Gimp resynthesizer to your Gimp with the command:

sudo apt-get install gimp-resynthesizer

Joey at OMG!Ubuntu has posted images of how well this feature works in Gimp. The object removed here is a tree which is definitely harder to remove than regular shapes.

(Via: OMG!Ubuntu)