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auret's picture
Joined: 08/23/06
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Digi Question

Digi Ladies, I've been trying to figure some stuff out in GIMP. Some processes seem to transfer fairly well from other programs, so maybe y'all will be able to help.

My biggest problem right now is trying to figure out how to edit just the layer I want. I can't crop without cropping all the layers, instead of just my selected layer. I can open it up as it's own file and crop the element, but then I can't see it in relation to my other layers. Does that make sense?

Can your programs do this? If so, can you walk me through the steps?


LindieLu's picture
Joined: 08/11/05
Posts: 1384

Sounds pretty frustrating! I wish I could help you.. but I've never used GIMP. Hope you get some answers!

StateChick's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 3629

Hmm - I have the same issue with PSE7 - I am not familiar at all with GIMP and honestly, don't know a lot about pse7 either! But here's what I do:

  • When I begin working on a LO I generally create a folder on my main page (the ORGANIZE page) - in PSE7 that is over on the right hand side of the page.
  • THen I create a new document in the EDITOR (it opens a new window seperate from my ORGANIZE page) and at the bottom of that I can view the thumbnails of a selected folder, so I select the folder that I created for the LO.

So I have my LO open, with and at the bottom I can see the thumbnails of everything I'm working with for the layout.

  • If I need to crop something (a picture/paper) then I double click the thumbnail and it opens up there in my editor space. It does, however, cover up the layout I'm working on, so I have to already have a pretty good idea of the size I'm looking to crop to.
  • Once I have cropped, I just minimize that window and it changes my thumbnail to the way I have cropped it and I am viewing the layout again.
  • Then I drag the thumbnail up to the layout.

I have no idea if that makes sense or if that is the stupid way to crop things! I just try to figure things out as I go, and I'm sure there are easier, more appropriate tools for achieving the same thing!


slurpeegirl13's picture
Joined: 02/26/07
Posts: 4125

Is there a rectangular or circular marquee tool?

That is how I 'crop' things like papers. You can use that to select the portion you want on the layer, then copy and paste it and it should paste only that section.

Another way to do it is if you can use a clipping mask (like on a template), make a shape the size that you want it cropped to, then clip your paper or element to it?

Does that make any sense at all? I've never used Gimp, but that's how I do it in photoshop.

auret's picture
Joined: 08/23/06
Posts: 1558

what GIMP has is what you girls described. And that was my trouble. I wanted to crop layers so I could see exactly what size to make them.

AND I FOUND IT! Woohoo! I was using the rectangle select (marquee) on a layer and it wasn't working. But there's another cropping tool that looks like an exacto knife. And I'm able to crop/cut on only the layer that's selected and I don't have to pop open another editing window! It's perfect for what I needed! Smile

coolmama72's picture
Joined: 10/20/01
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so glad you figured it out!

StateChick's picture
Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 3629

I could have saved SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much time using this tool if I had known how in the past!

Thanks, Trina! And thanks for asking, Beth. Smile