The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program, a sophisticated image and photo editor. The GIMP is a freely distributed piece of software suitable for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, a image format converter, etc.

gimp 2.8.10

Changes in GIMP 2.8.10:
  • Added 'Windows→Hide docks' menu item that does what 'Tab' does and also displays its state, which is now persistent across sessions, too.
  • Added infrastructure allowing to embed user interface elements on the canvas. This is currently used for text styles in the text tool, and (experimentally) when a color correction tool is invoked while the canvas is in full-screen mode.
  • To make dock window titles manageable, only show the active dockable in the dock window title.
  • The layer modes have been rearranged into more logical and useful groups based on the effect they have on compositing of a layer. Layer modes that make the composite lighter are in one group, layer modes that make the composite darker in another group, and so forth.
  • You can now Alt+Click on layers in the Layers dialog to create a selection from it. Add, subtract and intersect modifiers Ctrl, Shift and Ctrl+Shift keys work too. This makes it easy to compose contents of a layer based on the contents of other layers, without detours.
  • New docks are created at the pointer position.
  • Removed Toolbox from list of Recently Closed Docks, handle that directly in the Windows menu.
  • Allow closing the toolbox without closing the whole application.
  • Default to non-fixed-aspect in Canvas Size dialog.
  • In the Preferences dialog, only have one setting for the window hint for both the toolbox and the docks.
  • Support arbitrary affine transforms of brushes.
  • Got rid of the Tools dockable and move toolbox configuration to Preferences.
  • A question that often arises is how to change the UI language in GIMP, which has traditionally been a bit cumbersome. Not any longer, it is now possible to change the language in Preferences.
  • Added 'Lock content' button to the layers, channels and paths dialogs, made the lock buttons more compact.
  • Allow renaming list items with F2.
  • Allow binding arbitrary actions to extra mouse buttons.
  • Allow specifying the written language in the Text Tool. This helps with choosing an appropriate font, or appropriate glyphs for the selected language.
  • Moved 'Text along path' from tool options to the text context menu.
  • Add diagonal guides to the Crop Tool.
  • Support rotating brushes.
  • The Smooth Stroke feature from GIMP Painter was ported to GIMP.
  • Added 'Rule of fifths' crop guide overlay.
  • Added an icon for the Desaturate tool.
  • Support loading 16bit (RGB565) raw data.
  • Added palette exporter for CSS, PHP, Python, txt and Java, accessed through the palette context menu.
  • Support printing crop marks for images.
  • Made the Pointer dockable show information about selection position and size.
  • Replaced the brush scale control in tool options by a brush size one that works in pixels, and does the right thing when the brush changes.
  • Improved the Free Select Tool on-canvas feedback.
  • Made it possible to use GEGL for scaling images.
  • Bug fixes.

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