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Can I do this in Gimp?

Aug 11, 2013, 14:52
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Can I do this in Gimp?
Hi, I've been using Gimp for a while to edit photographs, but I do not by any means consider myself an expert, so maybe what I'm trying to do is pretty easy, once you know how!

It all started because I tried using Snapseed. And, I must say - I LOVED it. Unfortunately, as far as I can see, it cost $150 to buy (at least the desktop program, which is what I'm interested in, does), and I don't have that sort of money, so I was hoping that I can replicate in Gimp what I like the most about Snapseed. Plan B will be to use the app, which is free, but that's a pain in the back. So...

1. I would like the ability to crop a picture according to a predefined ratio - is this something I can do in Gimp? If so, how?
2. Accessing preset adjustments with one click of the mouse - I find it amazingly time saving... Is there a away I can replicate that in Gimp? If I adjust a picture, can I save the setting used as a sort of "template" that I can reuse on another picture? In a way that's easy to apply, and I can see the results straight away, and I can play with different settings before committing? I mean, sure, at the beginning, I expect I would have to create my own "presets", but that's fine.
3. Applying borders at the click of a mouse - also massively time saving. Is there a feature in Gimp that allows me to do that? I have borders aplenty, but they're separate files, and I have to import them as a separate layer, and resize them, and... it's just very time consuming. Sometimes, I enjoy the process. Other times, I just want something faster.

So if anybody can point me in the right direction (maybe somebody has asked those questions before....apologies if that's the case), I would be very grateful! Thanks in advance!
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Aug 11, 2013, 15:44
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RE: Can I do this in Gimp?
Yes, GIMP can do all that and much more. GIMP uses advanced custom scripting (Script-Fu) so tasks that take several steps can be accomplished with one click. You may have to find someone who can work with you to program the scripts the you want them to work. They may even be some you can find at the script registry http://registry.gimp.org/.

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Aug 11, 2013, 16:53
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RE: Can I do this in Gimp?
Snapseed, looks a nice application, but never used it.

You could try Photivo, there is a windows version which probably works better than my linux compile.

but FWIW and todays pic, hot off the sd card.

this is a screenshot of Photivo and an image http://i.imgur.com/OyqBsJ7.jpg

With the Gimp plugin you should be able to go from Gimp to Photivo and back to Gimp.

Best I can do in linux is open the image in Photivo, apply the filters and straight back to Gimp.

screenshot of 'back to Gimp' and the original image 'a bee on a white flower'

http://i.imgur.com/ATTpqPm.jpg

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Aug 11, 2013, 19:28
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RE: Can I do this in Gimp?
Ah, thank you! Yup, the presets and thefixed aspect ratio were actually pretty visible (I feel slightly dumb). I'm vaguely aware of Script-fu, I think it's time I learned it - is it difficult? (I'm probably better off learning script-fu than relying on Snapseed, since Snapseed is owned by Google...)

Rich, thanks for the link to Photivo - I've downloaded it and it looks pretty amazing...but rather complicated! I'll have fun playing with it, though.
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Aug 13, 2013, 07:54
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RE: Can I do this in Gimp?
doesn't Python-fu require installing extra stuff? That would put me off, though I might change my mind at some point....
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Aug 14, 2013, 07:59
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RE: Can I do this in Gimp?
Good to know... Thanks, I'll give it a go....
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