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I can't draw anything

Jul 10, 2011, 15:14
Post: #1
Shocked I can't draw anything
Hi.

I'm slowly trying to use The Gimp instead of Photoshop. I must admit, it's not that easy.

Right now, I'm completely stuck.
I open any random picture (let's say a jpeg image). I try to paint some brush strokes, and nothing happens.
I can't even make a selection. There is a dotted square around my picture. I've tried to select all/select none... No success. Angry

What's going on ???
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Jul 10, 2011, 16:02
Post: #2
RE: I can't draw anything
Did you copy/paste? in that case, open the Layers dialog (Ctrl-L), and at the top of the list what you pasted appears as a "floating selection". You should either "anchor" it (merge it with a layer below)(use right-click on it) or create a new layer (that will be created from it) before you can do most things with Gimp.

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Jul 12, 2011, 02:58
Post: #3
RE: I can't draw anything
No, I don't do anything. Juste opening an existing file. The same happens with a new file.
I've already used The Gimp in the past, so something must have went wrong in my set-up. I don't know. But right now, I can't do anything.
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Jul 12, 2011, 07:57 (This post was last modified: Jul 12, 2011 08:28 by ofnuts.)
Post: #4
RE: I can't draw anything
What OS do you have? Windows? OSX?

In the Layers dialog, do you have a layer selected?

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Jul 12, 2011, 23:27
Post: #5
RE: I can't draw anything
I use Linux Mint 10.

Yes, I have a layer selected.
If a create a new layer / duplicate the existing one, no effect.
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Jul 13, 2011, 00:06
Post: #6
RE: I can't draw anything
(Jul 12, 2011 23:27)Gizmoatwork Wrote:  I use Linux Mint 10.
Sorry Blush

(Jul 12, 2011 23:27)Gizmoatwork Wrote:  Yes, I have a layer selected.
If a create a new layer / duplicate the existing one, no effect.
I'l starting to think that you have a problem with your input devices. What says Edit/Preferences/Input Devices/Input Controllers? Mine says:
[attachment=530]

You can also look at your devicerc/controllerrc in your profile. Mine say (Lenovo T410, with a Wacom Bamboo, not connected here):

Devicerc
Code:
# GIMP devicerc

(GimpDeviceInfo "Virtual core XTEST pointer"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (axes 2 x y)
    (keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "HID 04b3:3107"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (axes 2 x y)
    (keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (axes 2 x y)
    (keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "Macintosh mouse button emulation"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (axes 2 x y)
    (keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (axes 2 x y)
    (keys 0))
(GimpDeviceInfo "Wacom Bamboo eraser"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (mode screen)
    (axes 6 x y pressure xtilt ytilt wheel)
    (keys 248 "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" ""))
(GimpDeviceInfo "Wacom Bamboo cursor"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (mode screen)
    (axes 6 x y pressure xtilt ytilt wheel)
    (keys 248 "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" ""))
(GimpDeviceInfo "Wacom Bamboo pad"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (mode screen)
    (axes 6 x y pressure xtilt ytilt wheel)
    (keys 248 "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" ""))
(GimpDeviceInfo "Wacom Bamboo"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "FG to BG (RGB)")
    (mode screen)
    (axes 6 x y pressure xtilt ytilt wheel)
    (keys 248 "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" "" ""))
(GimpDeviceInfo "Core Pointer"
    (tool "gimp-paintbrush-tool")
    (paint-info "gimp-paintbrush")
    (brush "Circle (11)")
    (pattern "Pine")
    (gradient "Full saturation spectrum CCW")
    (mode screen)
    (axes 2 x y)
    (keys 0))

# end of devicerc

Controllerrc
Code:
# GIMP controllerrc
#
# This file will be entirely rewritten each time you exit.

(GimpControllerInfo "Main Mouse Wheel"
    (stock-id "gimp-controller-wheel")
    (enabled yes)
    (debug-events no)
    (controller "GimpControllerWheel")
    (mapping
        (map "scroll-down-shift-control" "context-brush-select-previous")
        (map "scroll-down-shift-control-alt" "context-font-select-previous")
        (map "scroll-up-shift-control-alt" "context-font-select-next")
        (map "scroll-up-shift-control" "context-brush-select-next")
        (map "scroll-up-alt" "tools-value-1-increase-skip")
        (map "scroll-up-control-alt" "context-gradient-select-next")
        (map "scroll-up-shift-alt" "context-pattern-select-next")
        (map "scroll-down-control-alt" "context-gradient-select-previous")
        (map "scroll-down-shift-alt" "context-pattern-select-previous")
        (map "scroll-down-alt" "tools-value-1-decrease-skip")))
(GimpControllerInfo "Main Keyboard"
    (stock-id "gimp-controller-keyboard")
    (enabled yes)
    (debug-events no)
    (controller "GimpControllerKeyboard")
    (mapping
        (map "cursor-right-shift" "view-scroll-page-right")
        (map "cursor-down-control" "view-scroll-bottom-border")
        (map "cursor-down-shift" "view-scroll-page-down")
        (map "cursor-left-alt" "tools-value-1-decrease")
        (map "cursor-up-control" "view-scroll-top-border")
        (map "cursor-left-control" "view-scroll-left-border")
        (map "cursor-up-alt" "tools-value-1-increase-skip")
        (map "cursor-down-alt" "tools-value-1-decrease-skip")
        (map "cursor-up-shift" "view-scroll-page-up")
        (map "cursor-left-shift" "view-scroll-page-left")
        (map "cursor-right-control" "view-scroll-right-border")
        (map "cursor-right-alt" "tools-value-1-increase")))

# end of controllerrc

A blunt solution is to disable/rename them and see if they are re-created properly.

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Jul 13, 2011, 01:59
Post: #7
RE: I can't draw anything
Oh gosh, you were right ! Idea

I must have fiddled around with my input device (I'm in the process of making my Intuos Wacom tablet) functional under Linux).
Everything was turned disabled.

So everything works fine now.

Big thanks.

And by the way, don't be sorry for Linux Mint. It's great, and definitely worth giving it a try. Sleepy
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Jul 13, 2011, 08:31
Post: #8
RE: I can't draw anything
I use Ubuntu (actually, Kubuntu).

And having my Wacom tablet taken in account was a complete no-brainer, I don't even remember having to configure something. It was more difficult in Windows.

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Jul 15, 2011, 02:07
Post: #9
RE: I can't draw anything
Linux Mint is a derivative of Ubuntu. It's the same family.

The trouble I had until a few days ago came that I have an old Intuos2 serial tablet.
But thanks to the great Linux community I finally managed to make it work ! Smile

I'm so happy, and excited to try to produce some art in Linux !
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