How to GIMP (A full tutorial)

This is the very basic guide and “how to” tutorials for GIMP users. Also GIMP Portable users can follow the same guides. If you are a GIMP portable user you may face some issue unlike Photoshop so people across world have asked such questions and we have collected this kind of query and its answer.

How to move text around in gimp?

Are you sure you’re clicking on the actual letters in the text? When selecting a layer to move, GIMP will pick the uppermost layer which is non-transparent at the point you clicked, ignoring any transparent layers that might be on top of it.

move tax around in gimp

What this means is that, using the “Pick a layer or guide” mode of the move tool, you can only drag a layer around by its opaque parts. Since a text layer is typically mostly transparent, with only narrow opaque lines making up the text, this can sometimes make them tricky to move.

The general solution (besides practicing finer mouse control) is to select “Move the active layer” in the move tool options (or just hold down the Shift key when clicking), which will cause it to move the currently selected layer no matter where you click. Then select the layer you want from the Layers dialog and move it around as you like.

You can do this by: 1) selecting the move tool, and 2) in the menu bar, navigating to Windows → Dockable Dialogs → Tool Options. In the dialog box that appears, select “Move the active layer”.

How to move selection in GIMP?

Right click your selection and in the menu, select “Select -> Float.” The default keystroke for this, I think, is Ctrl+Shift+L. It pulls your selected area up into a temporary layer so that you can move it around.

In some other applications, just using a move tool on a selection does this automatically, but GIMP allows the move tool to be used on the selection itself, rather than its contents, for adjustments.

Move a floating layer in GIMP?

floating layer in GIMP

To do this, click anywhere on the image except on the floating selection. This merges the floating selection with the current layer. Or you can use the Anchor layer command (Ctrl+H). You can also anchor the floating selection to the current layer by clicking on the anchor button of the Layers dialog.

Get rid of the floating selection in Gimp?

There are two main ways to get rid of a floating selection: You can anchor it to the current layer with the Layer → Anchor Layer command ( Ctrl + H ), or by clicking the anchor icon in the Layers dialog, or simply by clicking anywhere in the image outside the floating selection.

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