GIMP 2.10.14 arrives with bugfixes and various enhancements.
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- Basic out-of-canvas pixels viewing and editing
- Optional editing of layers with disabled visibility
- Foreground Select tool: new Grayscale Preview Mode
- Newly added Normal Map filter
- 27 old filters ported to use GEGL buffers
- HEIF, TIFF, and PDF support improvements
- Better loading of corrupted XCF files
- Grayscale workflows order of magnitude faster
- macOS Catalina compatibility
- 45 bugfixes, 22 translation updates
Not being able to view and edit data outside the canvas boundary used to bea deal breaker in quite a few use cases. So this is going to be a bit ofa breakthrough moment for quite a few users.
This is what has changed:
- There is now a new Show All mode accessible via the View menu thatreveals all pixels outside the canvas boundary.
- This mode uses alpha checkerboard for canvas padding, but you can configureGIMP to temporarily or permanently use the usual padding color instead.
- You can also enable canvas boundary cue display (dotted red line).
- Color- and patch-picking, bucket-filling, and transforming now works outsidethe canvas. Which means you can crop past the canvas boundary or pick a sourcepatch from outside the canvas area to heal an area inside the canvas.
This is basically the first shot at the previously missing feature set,so expect more to land to GIMP at some point in the future. Making selectiontools work outside the canvas sounds like a sensible next stop. Then maybe wecan seriously talk about boundless canvas.
Most of the work on this was done by Ell.
This new feature is closely related to out-of-canvas viewing and editingand was also contributed by Ell.
Now when you e.g. rotate a single-layer image, you can use this transformtype to automatically expand the canvas to include all of rotated pixelswhen using the default Adjust clipping mode. The switch is right nextto layer/path/selection toggle at the top of any transform tool’s settings.
It’s complemented by a new Image > Transform > Arbitrary Rotation… menuentry, which activates the rotate tool in the Image mode.
The result of some filters can be larger than the original layer. A very commonexample is Drop Shadow, which adds a shadow at an offset to the layer. Suchfilters are no longer clipped to the layer boundary by default. Instead, thelayer is automatically resized as necessary when the filter is applied.
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This behavior can be toggled through the new Clipping option in the filter dialog.
There is now a global toggle to enable the editing of layers with disabledvisibility (the eye icon in the layers docker). There was somedemand for it from users,and it was easy to do, so a new contributor, woob, added this feature.
The Free Select tool received further usability improvements. It now supportsusing Alt+drag to quickly move, cut, and copy the selection, without having tocommit the selection first, similarly to the rest of the selection tools.
Thomas Manni contributed a new Grayscale preview mode to theForeground Select tool, which allows seeing the resulting mask in blackand white. The usual preview mode is now called Color and choosing thecolor and opacity for the mask instead of imposing only 4 colors (red, green,blue, grey).
The Feather Selection dialog has a new Selected areas continue outsidethe image toggle, working similarly to the corresponding option in the ShrinkSelection and Border Selection dialogs. This option affects the borderbehavior of the operation: when toggled, selected areas along the image borderare assumed to continue past the image bounds, and are therefore not affected bythe feather.
Thanks to Ell, GIMP is now shipping with a simple Normal Map filter(Filters > Generic) that generates normal maps from height maps. This isearly initial work, a lot more is expected to be done.
GIMP now provides direct access to more GEGL filters:
- Bayer Matrix (for ordered dithering) and Linear Sinusoid (useful forhalftoning), also both created by Ell, are in the Filters > Render > Pattern menu.
- Newsprint (Filters > Distorts), by Øyvind Kolås, is a GEGL version ofthe old GIMP filter for halftoning, plus quite a few extras.
- Mean Curvature Blur, by Thomas Manni, can be helpful to do edge-preserving blurring.
Also, more GEGL-based filters with on-canvas preview have replaced old GIMPcounterparts: Neon (Filters > Edge-Detect), Stretch Contrast (Colors > Auto), and Oilify (Filters > Artistic).
Moreover, Michael Natterer did a simple 8-bit per channel port of 27 olderfilters to use GEGL buffers (they are still GIMP filters, not GEGL operations).Another filter, Van Gogh, got higher bit depth support (up to 32bpc float).
GIMP now supports ICC profiles in HEIF images at both loading and exportingtime when built with libheif v1.4.0 and newer. The exporting dialog alsofeatures a new “Save color profile” checkbox.
The TIFF importer now asks how to process unspecified TIFF channels: use asnon-premultiplied alpha (used to be the default), as premultiplied alpha,or just import as a generic channel. This fixes a known bug with 4-channel(RGBA) TIFF files as demonstrated here.
Finally, the PDF exporter was fixed by Lionel to export text layers insidelayer groups as text correctly.
XCF loading is now a bit more resilient to corruption: it doesn’t stop anymore at the first layer or channel error; instead it tries to load morelayers/channels to salvage as much data as possible from a corrupted XCF file.
Alex Samorukov introduced various improvements to the macOS build of GIMP.
First and foremost, GIMP is now compatible with macOS Catalina and doesn’t havethe file permission issue that the 2.10.12 build had.
Secondly, the DMG will now open a window with an
Applications shortcut that explains how to install it.He also added some fixes for command line users.
Finally, Alex built the new version with updated 3rd party components.Among other things, this means support for color profiles in HEIF/HEIC files.
Gitlab CI for GIMP now has a job building GIMP for Windows. It iscurrently set up to make builds of the master branch only(will eventually become GIMP 3.0).
To download a build:
- Go to the Jobs section.
- Find a job with the ‘gimp-x86_64-w64-mingw32-meson’ name.
- Click ‘Download artifacts’ button to the right of the name.
- Unpack the archive.
- The binary
gimp-2.99.exeis found under
gimp-prefixbin, though you might have to run
The build was set up by Jehan.
⚠️ Please note that we don’t recommend using the master branch forproduction! This is mostly for testing purposes. ⚠️
As usual, a complete list of changes is available in theNEWS file. Startingwith this release, NEWS also features the list of all code and translation conbtributors.
We also thank frogonia, nmat, Michael Schumacher, and everyone else who helps ustriaging bug reports and providing technical support to end-users.
GEGL and babl¶
Both babl and GEGL have been ported to the Meson build system and now useGitlab CI for continuous integration. This has little significance forend-users but makes developers’ life easier in many ways.
There has been a ton of other changes and improvements in GEGL since theprevious release. Here are some of the most interesting ones.
GEGL now makes a better use of available CPU cores on more operationsthanks to newly added dynamic computation of per-operation thread cost.
The built-in GEGLUI has superceded the older built-in ‘gcut’ video editor,so the latter is now removed. Playing back video has been improved: GEGLnow uses nearest neighbor interpolation while decoding for realtime playbackof HD video content, it now also uses frame cache for rendered video frames.
Moreover, you can now also use external file managers to drag and cropcontent into collections. See the updated NEWS filefor more details.
As for babl, it now supports Yu’v’ (CIE 1976 UCS) color model, handlesgrayscale ICC color profiles, and uses AVX2 acceleration for somelinear-to-float conversions.
Alpha handling in babl has been slightly revamped. The library is now using theterms ‘associated alpha’ and ‘separate alpha’, all of nonpremultiplied-,premultiplied- and nonassociated- alpha are now considered deprecated API.Conversions between associated and separate alpha have been dramatically improved.
Øyvind Kolås has a plan to add a per-image associated/separate alpha switch toGIMP’s menu once another batch of code changes by Michael Natterer lands to themaster branch.
Here is a lightning talk at CCC where Øyvind investigates the data loss incurredby going
separate alpha -> associated -> separate or
associated -> separate -> associated and discovers that the special casedtransparent/emissive cases end up lossless:
Øyvind also iterated on new conversions in babl that cover grayscale in allprecisions supported by GIMP for some things, this means that working ingrayscale is an order of magnitude faster than it was before the last babl release.
See here for moreinformation on the latest release.
Another new project worth mentioning is ctx,also by Øyvind Kolås. It’s an API inspired by Cairo and HTML5 canvas’ 2Drendering context. It works on 32-bit microcontrollers like ESP32 andARM-CortexM4, and is devised to scale to networked/remote and threaded software rendering.
The ctx library already has support for floating point pixel formats, andthat support is geared to end up generic for gray, RGB, CMYK and othermulti-component formats. The latter is one of the things we’ve beenmissing in Cairo.
So this is a very interesting projectthat we might consider using for GIMP further along the road. It will beused in GEGL’s own UI soon enough.
While we do maintain the 2.10.x branch and include new features from themaster branch, our full attention really goes to development of what willbecome GIMP 3.0. We are considering the release of 2.99.2 in the nextfew months to pave the way for regular alpha/beta releases leading upto a major update of GIMP.
For the time being, don’t forget you can donate to the project and personallyfund several GIMP developers, as a way to giveback and to accelerate GIMP development.