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About the Path drawing

Feb 17, 2014, 01:52
Post: #1
About the Path drawing
I am a new user and in no way a computer savvy. I urgently need help.
For an important project I need a picture of a grammatical tree. From the drawings on the Internet I copied a tree drawing and pasted it on a GIMP page. I am using the option Path to outline the necessary part of the tree. I manage to do it well. However, the lines do not appear in pencil and color (black) what I need. It consists of the circles indicating my move along the line. And every time I move from the Path dialog to use other tools path line disappears.
So to summarize, I draw a line in the Path and when I move to another tool the line disappears. What do I do wrong? Connoisseurs, I beg you, give me an advice. I'm in despair.
The same happens when I draw on a new BLANK page. I draw a tree with the Path option and cannot move to another tool without loosing the drawing.
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Feb 17, 2014, 03:19
Post: #2
RE: About the Path drawing
First, please be considerate & update us on whether or not the below worked out for you, we get a few that want hasty reply/help but will stop at one post making it unknown if we helped them or not.

The path tool does make a path, but it is transparent until you add attributes to it.

The line you see with points when you draw is just a path with no stroke (attributes)

" To use the Paths tool in GIMP, you must first create a path, and then stroke the path.
In GIMP, the term “Stroke path” means to apply a specific style to the path (color, width, pattern... )."
http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-using-paths.html

You can view, stroke the selection/path & select the path you made if you happen to accidentally loose it before applying color, etc. to it by turning on the paths tab via the menu:

Windows > Dockable dialogues... > Paths...

(If nothing opens, look for the tab window/box named "Paths" on screen.

After you have the Paths window open, you'll notice they are all off, its like layers, click the eye on the path you want to use.

To select/activate the red line make sure you are on the paths tool, then click the line, it will have points on it.
To add the stroke:
At the bottom of the paths window click "Paint along path" next to trash can.
or
"Edit > Stroke Path"

-Click the eye off to preview your results.
-You can turn the eye back on your path & modify the path then re-apply the stroke to selection" function.

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Stroking a selection:
If you're starting from a blank slate with the Paths tool (Path)
-First draw your shape
-Then before you switch to any other tool or filter, push enter to make a selection
-Edit > Stroke Selection

The "Edit > Stroke Path" will only properly work if you click it right after drawing your path. (If the path points / lines disappears , refer to the top of this post for the "Paths" window to enable & activate the path before you stroke the color/style, etc.)

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Feb 17, 2014, 15:10
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RE: About the Path drawing
Thanks. I still do not get it. I'll try what you call vector graphics.
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Feb 17, 2014, 16:21
Post: #4
RE: About the Path drawing
Please, here is a plea from a stupid.
Teach me - in simple words, no technical terms, how:
1. to choose a drawing tool -- give it the ability to make a line -- and now to use the tool in the Paths to draw curves -- and save, so later - if needed - to edit it
or
2. to draw a curve in the Paths -- then turn the curve in a colored line -- save it, so later to edit it
Please, I need it very much. Please, I am a teacher. I use a plain English in my explanations, I name a curve curve, no segment, assembly, carousal, carouse, curvature... Please use a regular English.
My sincere thank you to all and every one
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Feb 17, 2014, 19:21
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RE: About the Path drawing
(Feb 17, 2014 18:42)ofnuts Wrote:  Instead of having use rewrit ethe whole documentation, what is not clear in http://docs.gimp.org/2.8/en/gimp-using-paths.html ?

Technical terms are unavoidable. "verb" or "adjective" are technical terms...
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Feb 17, 2014, 19:27
Post: #6
RE: About the Path drawing
I'm a linguist and professional translator for the USA government. I know 5 languages and this is a verbal diar... on your part: Instead of having use rewrit ethe whole
bread is a term, as well as: air, idiot, illiterate...
If you cannot explain - do not do what you are unable to do
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Feb 18, 2014, 06:30
Post: #7
RE: About the Path drawing
I can do a bit of simplification for you, the caret ">" is used to indicate sub-menus

So from Gimps' menu bar you have "File , Edit, View...."

Example: if you want to copy something from the menus you would go to :

Edit > Copy...

You can also watch videos for paths in Gimp 2.8, sometimes the best is a combo of both written and what you see. Like in a classroom.

This video looks great, I've direct linked it to 2minutes & 48 seconds, so skip to there if it doesn't automatically, he gives good reasoning why the paths don't stay after drawing them along with proper usage...

http://youtu.be/g7fNK2Sdqko?t=2m48s


(in the video he uses the Path tool option buttons "Selection from Path" & "Stroke Path")

After you've mastered creating paths, you can add color/stroke to it via the menu also:
"Edit > Stroke Path"
or for a selection
"Edit > Stroke Selection"
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