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copy in place from one drawing to another

Jul 22, 2014, 14:24
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copy in place from one drawing to another
I'd like to copy a layer from 2 exact dimension drawings from one drawing to another, and maintain the placement of the copy layer in the same spot in the pasted drawing.
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Jul 24, 2014, 13:05
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RE: copy in place from one drawing to another
Thanks, too bad the layer I need to copy is a text layer. If I do what you say
the text layer becomes rendered and could not be edited afterwords.
But it works nice for bitmap copies.


(Jul 22, 2014 14:57)ofnuts Wrote:  How can you tell what is the common reference in the two drawings?

Manually:
- find a reference point in both images, outside of the layer you want to copy.
- Mark it it both images with a pair of guides
- In the source image:
- Layer>Layer to image size (makes the layer as big as the image)
- Create a rectangular selection, with a corner in the reference point, juts big enough to include the drawing on the layer
- Layer>Crop to selection
- Drag the layer form the Layers list in the source image to the canvas of the target
- Move the layer so that its corner snaps on the guides at the reference point

Otherwise if the two images are somewhat identical (same size, existing drawing at the same position): as above, but you need neither guides nor cropping, just use Layer>Layer to image size before the copy (top left corner serves as the reference point).
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Jul 24, 2014, 14:49
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RE: copy in place from one drawing to another
To retain your text layer, simply click the text layer on the layers window,
then click duplicate button on the bottom next to the anchor icon.

Gimp keeps all typed text on its individual layers.

Idea For better organization. You could try putting all the text layers into a layer group so that you can move them together easier.

more background on layer groups here: http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gimptut...Groups.htm

You still have to link them all together when you move them, but it separates them from the rest of your layers. If you have more then one group. link the text one group at a time, the link-move is global.

- First duplicate all the text layers that you want to copy.
-Then near the bottom of the layers window, click the "Create a new layer group" folder icon next to the new layer icon(paper).
Name it something (i.e. "text group1"... )
- Next, drag the copied text layers into that group.
-Last, click the chain/link on the space next to the eye column on each text inside it to move them together.
*ONLY LINK THE LAYERS INSIDE THE GROUP TOGETHER, not the layer with [+][-] or ">" collapse/expand next to it.

Keep in mind, if you do any kind of transformation to the text layer besides what you can do inside the textbox/text tool options, it may rasterize/render it and you'll lose the text information.
But that's easy to see just check for the "T" in the layers window, if no T, your text layer has been rasterized & no longer editable.

(Jul 24, 2014 13:05)Mark Pigott Wrote:  Thanks, too bad the layer I need to copy is a text layer. If I do what you say
the text layer becomes rendered and could not be edited afterwords.
But it works nice for bitmap copies.


(Jul 22, 2014 14:57)ofnuts Wrote:  How can you tell what is the common reference in the two drawings?

Manually:
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