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How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?

Nov 2, 2013, 19:46
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Dear Gimp Pros,

I'm using 2.8.6

I'd like to make the attached line about twice as thick. I have searched for hours how to accomplish this to no avail. Any kindness in assisting is so much appreciated.

fastcarHuh


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.xcf  beta wave to alpha wave height 125 pixels.xcf (Size: 178.84 KB / Downloads: 403)
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Nov 2, 2013, 20:18
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RE: How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?
Struggling a bit because I am on my netbook at the moment (so no Gimp)

Looking at your image - black curve on a white background

Use filter -> generic -> dilate.
http://docs.gimp.org/en/plug-in-dilate.html
"This filter widens and enhances dark areas of the active layer or selection."
you might have to apply a couple of times, as required.

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Nov 2, 2013, 20:46
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RE: How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?
(Nov 2, 2013 20:18)rich2005 Wrote:  Use filter -> generic -> dilate.
http://docs.gimp.org/en/plug-in-dilate.html
"This filter widens and enhances dark areas of the active layer or selection."
you might have to apply a couple of times, as required.

That helped so much - thank you, Rich. After doing what you suggested, I increased the contrast to darken it up a bit and ended with the attached. What a terrific forum. Thanks again for your kind assistance.


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Nov 2, 2013, 21:46
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RE: How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?
(Nov 2, 2013 20:54)ofnuts Wrote:  A completely different method with very good results:

Wow. Your line looks totally awesome. I have to thank you for going to great lengths to create instructions for a rather complex task. The instructions were good enough for even me to get a result, though not as good as yours.

I seemed to end up with the gaps here and there that you warned about, though I followed the instructions to the best of my ability. Still, I think the result is the best I have so far. THANK YOU, ofnuts.

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Nov 2, 2013, 22:33
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RE: How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?
(Nov 2, 2013 22:23)ofnuts Wrote:  Yes, you get the same gaps I got on my first try when I didn't darken the line. But if you use the setting I gave above for the Levels tool you should obtain the same result as me. These where sufficient to produce a gap-less path.

Would you have the XCF for your new image?

Hi ofnuts,

I did darken the line, and actually borrowed your exact settings for that operation. The only change I made was in the final step 'stroke path' I used a 3 pixel width rather than a 4. I selected the round corners and tried a 0 and a 10 miter. Either way, I got the gaps, but I liked the slightly thinner line the 3 pixel setting made better. Thanks for your continued interest...

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Nov 3, 2013, 00:40
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RE: How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?
(Nov 2, 2013 23:17)ofnuts Wrote:  I redid it and 124/1.13/255 gives a better result... However I also note that you have a "Display" color profile that isn't really necessary for B&W images and may get in the way (I haven't got this profile here so the image is converted to the usual sRGB).

At 3px you have some gaps where the two lines are further apart that the average two pixels.

Hah, I cheated and used the brush to fill in the little gaps on your version. Looks PERFECT. Thanks a million!

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Dec 20, 2017, 20:14
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RE: How Do I Make the Lines of an Image Thicker?
I got an almost identical result by using Filters > Artistic > Cartoon, fiddle with the settings and apply multiple times to keep thickening.
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