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May 9, 2012, 18:14 (This post was last modified: May 9, 2012 18:20 by mark.hammond.)
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Help!...Help! Help!
It's such an easy task in paint....

(ya, I know: I hate them too. That's why I'm trying gimp.)

I want to move an element. Simple, no? In paint, it's simple at least: box the element, then drag (with that stupid little hand-thingy) to the new spot. How simple is that?

I can't for the life of me get this to work in gimp.

Please, for the love of all things good & decent: someone give me a step-by-step walk through. Flailing away at this for 3 hours now... my sanity is leaving me.

(I see the four-pointed move tool: is it double-click, left-click, hold down the Alt key...? I click on it, then try to 'anchor' somewhere else, and nothing happens: please be as basic as you can).

-have pity on the poor noobs-
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May 9, 2012, 21:36
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RE: Help!...Help! Help!
In paint it's simple because that's the only thing you can do with it. In Gimp, if you want to move things, you have to put them in their own layers. Then you can move the layers (you can even adjust the mayer position much later...
  • Better make sure you have the Layers list displayed to make things clearer: Ctrl-L
  • Create selection (freehand/rectangle/ellipse/whatever...)
  • Copy (Ctrl-C)
  • Paste (Ctrl-V). In your layers list, you see a new layer, the "Floating selection". You can do most thing you do to layers to it (transformations (scale/rotate/move/flip/shear/perspective), painting, colors...)... You pasted part is pasted on the same place so until you move it you don't see any change in the image.
  • There are however things that you can't do, like changing the selection, further cut/paste... Sooner or later, you have to transform the floating selection into something more permanent. You can either
    • Create a new permanent layer from it: Ctrl-Shift-N (or "Layer/New layer")
    • Anchor it (merge it down in the layer that was active on the paste): Ctrl-H (or "Layer/Anchor"). In most cases this is a bad idea, keeping a separate layer is better.

Of course, all this looks complicated but the equivalent of the MS-Paint action is merely Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V/[drag/move]/Ctrl-H. But you will quickly find that the Paint way is only usable in the most trivial cases and figure out the power and flexibility of the Gimp way. In most cases Gimp users don't bother with the floating selection (which is pretty much a legacy form early Gimp versions) , they just do Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V/Ctrl-Shift-N and create the new permanent layer directly.

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May 10, 2012, 00:09
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RE: Help!...Help! Help!
Thank you, thank you, thank you......
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