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Help with Views

Jan 26, 2012, 15:38
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Help with Views
Hello Everyone,

I am a complete newbie to all of this, so please be patient! Smile

I am trying to create a very simple collage of photos which will hopefully eventually be used as an image to have printed on a personalised shoulder bag, so as you can imagine i want to keep the quality of the images as high as possible.

I have created a blank canvass in Gimp which is the same size as the space available for personalising, which is 37.5cm by 28cm, and then i set the screen to show 100%.

This may be a really stupid question, and i apologise in advance if it is! but when the screen is set to show 100% size should the cm's on screen be the actual size of cm's - like on a ruler?

Please help as like i said i need this image to be as high quality as possible and wanted to be able to see an accurate image on screen before i send it off to the company to print on the bag for me.

Hope this all makes sense, any help will be much a ppreciated!

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Jan 26, 2012, 16:26
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RE: Help with Views
There are no stupid questions, and yours is very common given the number of times it was asked here in some form or other. See:

http://gimpforums.com/thread-basic-scaling-question
http://gimpforums.com/thread-help-text-p...-on-screen
http://gimpforums.com/thread-changing-re...on-in-gimp

If you don't find your answer there or need more information for your specific case just ask again...

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Jan 26, 2012, 17:44
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(Jan 26, 2012 16:26)ofnuts Wrote:  There are no stupid questions, and yours is very common given the number of times it was asked here in some form or other. See:

http://gimpforums.com/thread-basic-scaling-question
http://gimpforums.com/thread-help-text-p...-on-screen
http://gimpforums.com/thread-changing-re...on-in-gimp

If you don't find your answer there or need more information for your specific case just ask again...

Please read the links, which I am sure will be good for the soul.

For a quick fix, use the View Menu -> then turn off 'dot for dot'
The canvas you made, 37.5 cm x 28 cm will be displayed as 'real size' providing you are at 100%.

Of course, unless you have a monitor greater than about 40cm x 30 cm you will only see part of your image without scrolling, but a centimetre on the screen will be a centimetre.

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Jan 26, 2012, 18:10
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RE: Help with Views
(Jan 26, 2012 17:44)rich2005 Wrote:  Of course, unless you have a monitor greater than about 40cm x 30 cm you will only see part of your image without scrolling, but a centimetre on the screen will be a centimeter.
Yes, but that won't be a centimeter when printing, unless the PPI definition for print is set to that of the screen (110-120DPI or so). Normally at print time you can set a specific "physical" size for the printed image, which is obtained by rescaling your image on the fly, taking in account its size in pixels and the print definition. So actual print size isn't something to worry too much about while working on the image under Gimp, as long as there are enough pixels. One can set an "indicative"
print size in Gimp via "Image/Print size...". This set the corresponding pixel density. When this is done, one can then pick the required unit in the status bar at the bottom of the image. The coordinates of the pointer and the measure tool will be expressed using these units, and relative to the printed picture (so, at 300DPI print, and 100DPI screen, a 3 inch distance on the screen (300pixels) will be displayed as a one inch distance (relative to print).

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Jan 26, 2012, 18:56 (This post was last modified: Jan 26, 2012 18:57 by rich2005.)
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Quote:Yes, but that won't be a centimeter when printing, ...

yep, but that was not the op's question

Quote:...but when the screen is set to show 100% size should the cm's on screen be the actual size of cm's - like on a ruler?...

Hopefully the op will read your links and create a suitably sized image for printing (gets calculator out) maybe 4000 pix x 3760 pix although for printing on a bag I would think a smaller image would be ok.

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