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Anyway to get images side by side?

Jun 5, 2014, 10:39
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Anyway to get images side by side?
Hi everyone!

You know in most drawing tutorials on Youtube, the user has their reference image next to or actually on the canvas to draw. I'm trying to figure out how to do that in Gimp. Did they copy and paste the image onto their canvas, using multiple windows or using a program like Deskpins to keep the image on top? I'm currently using Deskpins and I find it to be a big annoying, when I have to unpin the image to change something in Gimp.

Is there anyway to put the image next to my canvas, so that I can just glance at it as I go along while drawing, instead of switching from one window to next?
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Jun 5, 2014, 10:53
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RE: Anyway to get images side by side?
i think in single-windows mode, you can add another image in a new tab

you can also just copy and paste your image into a second gimp-window
so to copy image: CTRL + C
then with Gimp active: CTRL + Shift + V

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Jun 5, 2014, 11:11
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RE: Anyway to get images side by side?
(Jun 5, 2014 10:53)Esper Wrote:  i think in single-windows mode, you can add another image in a new tab

you can also just copy and paste your image into a second gimp-window
so to copy image: CTRL + C
then with Gimp active: CTRL + Shift + V

Thanks! I've tried that, but I kinda would like it on my main tab. It seems like I'm just gonna have to do the copy and paste thing on a huge canvas instead.
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Jun 5, 2014, 11:21
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RE: Anyway to get images side by side?
(Jun 5, 2014 10:39)Animetriss Wrote:  Hi everyone!

You know in most drawing tutorials on Youtube, the user has their reference image next to or actually on the canvas to draw. I'm trying to figure out how to do that in Gimp. Did they copy and paste the image onto their canvas, using multiple windows or using a program like Deskpins to keep the image on top? I'm currently using Deskpins and I find it to be a big annoying, when I have to unpin the image to change something in Gimp.

Is there anyway to put the image next to my canvas, so that I can just glance at it as I go along while drawing, instead of switching from one window to next?

If your Gimp window (either the "single window" or one image windows) doesn't cover the whole desktop you can keep the windows side by side. Otherwise as you say there are utilities to keep windows on top of others (on Linux this is a built-in desktop functionality).

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Jun 5, 2014, 11:27 (This post was last modified: Jun 5, 2014 11:37 by Esper.)
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RE: Anyway to get images side by side?
another possibility would be to increase you canvas size, to double the width (or width image A + width image B)

paste you reference image as another layer and move it to the right
this requires you images to have transparency, so make sure it has an alpha-channel

later when you dont need it anymore, you can alpha select your original image layer and crop it back to the original size

this may not be ideal but its a workaround

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Jun 5, 2014, 13:28
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RE: Anyway to get images side by side?
(Jun 5, 2014 11:27)Esper Wrote:  another possibility would be to increase you canvas size, to double the width (or width image A + width image B)

paste you reference image as another layer and move it to the right
this requires you images to have transparency, so make sure it has an alpha-channel

later when you dont need it anymore, you can alpha select your original image layer and crop it back to the original size

this may not be ideal but its a workaround

This method seems to work a lot better! Thanks again!
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