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can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?

Dec 8, 2012, 03:37 (This post was last modified: Dec 8, 2012 03:39 by bunny.)
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can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
Hello all,

I'm fairly new to Gimp. I used photoshop for more than a decade on a Mac and am having some transition pains making the switch. (I've gone Linux) Help?

Problem 1: Tool Palettes on top of image.
I'm using a 15" thinkpad laptop, with I think 1024 x whatever highest resolution. When I use Gimp, my screen real estate is being eaten up by the tool palettes more so than the image I'm trying to work on. I like the tool palettes - I'd like them to stay open - BUT what I'd really like is for the image to lay over top of the palettes, rather than the palettes lying over top of my image. Can I do that? I can't find a control for it in the preferences. I've never found a google-able post about this problem. Is there a solution?

Problem 2: Zooming and scrolling in the image.
I'm not too sure what was different about photoshop in this regard, but I'm having a bear of a time getting my images to zoom and scroll in the manner I was used to in photoshop. What can I change in the Gimp settings to make it behave more like photoshop in that regard? It's making me crazy as it is. I found one setting to increase window size as the image zooms, but that was worse.

I like a lot of the aspects of Gimp, but these two things are preventing me from getting to use it very much presently.

Thanks in advance.
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Dec 8, 2012, 08:58
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RE: can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
A 1024-pixel display is very tiny nowadays. Must be a very old Thinkpad (T30 era?).

Try "Edit/Preferences->Windows management" and set the windows to "Utility windows" you can then make them appear/hide using the left tab key.

Zooming is mostly on a set a fixed values, so you don't get continuous zoom. Is that you problem?

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Dec 8, 2012, 10:55
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RE: can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
A T30 had quite a good spec but I suppose the screen aspect is 4:3

A couple of thoughts:
Put all the dialogs on the right hand side and reduce the tools menu to a thin strip.
or, I think better
Go out of single window mode. Worked for me for many years without problem, you can even get it down to 1 tools menu + whatever images are open if you want.

screenshots of this: http://i.imgur.com/wLNar.jpg

Zooming - the plus and minus keys zoom in and out easily and ctrl-j will 'shrink wrap' the image window at whatever zoom setting is current. More useful when in mult-window mode than single.
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Dec 8, 2012, 14:27
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RE: can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
@bunny
Just some doodling with linux

You do not say which linux distro you use but on top of that there will be a 'Desktop Manager' (DE)
Sometimes more than one DE & you can swop between them. Traditionally Gnome and KDE competed but now there are many good lightweight DE's such as LXDE, E17-Enlightenment, XFCE, then weird ones such as Ubuntu, take your choice.

But I have used KDE for several years, so this is KDE and how you might cram a Gimp 2.8 into a small space. Partially from remembering Jasc PaintShopPro v7 (or maybe 8)

4 minutes, http://youtu.be/SjrYQvKOP-Q

Not all the features will be in the same place as your distro, but I will be surprised if most are not there somewhere.
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Dec 8, 2012, 16:50 (This post was last modified: Dec 8, 2012 16:50 by ofnuts.)
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RE: can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
(Dec 8, 2012 14:27)rich2005 Wrote:  then weird ones such as Ubuntu,

Ubuntu isn't a desktop manager, but a distribution. Recent versions use by a default the much decried Unity desktop manager (but this can be changed).

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Dec 8, 2012, 17:29
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RE: can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
Thanks for all the ideas and feedback. I'm going to test out the suggestions right now and will let you know how it works out. I'm grateful to have some options.

My apologies for being light on system details.
It is a Thinkpad R51 with Pentium M 2GB of Ram. Despite being older, it is much snappier in performance than many might believe.

I'm presently running Linux Mint 13 - XFCE. (Was previously running Xubuntu. Mint is more friendly towards playing DVD movies and other niceties.) Can't seem to get other versions of Mint to install with Cinnamon and Mate.)

I'll be back with questions or success stories (I hope success) a little later.
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Dec 8, 2012, 18:04
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RE: can I make the image set on top of tool palettes to get more screen space?
(Dec 8, 2012 16:50)ofnuts Wrote:  [quote]Ubuntu isn't a desktop manager, but a distribution. Recent versions use by a default the much decried Unity desktop manager (but this can be changed).

Unity - that was the name I could not remember, from my small brush with it - IMHO - dumbed-down & dire.

OP is using LM, which should be able to use any of the DM's in a 2GB mem notebook. My linux desktop is 2GB & dual boots to PCLOS and Mint Debian Ed. on which I added KDE.

Never had much to do with xfce, only lxde and E17.

It will be interesting to see what is achievable
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