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Moving objects

Jan 23, 2011, 21:33
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Moving objects
OK, here's another real nOOb question. How do you move an object? I create a new image with a white BG, draw a rectangle on it, bucket fill the rectangle with a color, but at that point I can't select and move the rectangle in the image. I can't find anything in the docs about this. What did I miss?
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Jan 23, 2011, 22:07
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RE: Moving objects
You did miss that the rectangle should have been put in another layer. Working with layers is key in Gimp (as it is in Photoshop). Layers can be moved independently and most tools work on the current layer. You can merge layers into a new layer (but it is best to keep independent layers as much as possible). When you save the image to a layer-less format (JPEG, GUF, PNG, Gimp does that merge automatically (but it is always best to keep one version of the image in the Gimp native format (XCF) because it will save layers (and other things like selections...).

To work with layers, use the Layers dialog (Windows/Dockable dialogs/Layers or Ctrl-L). You can drag the dialog and dock it in the toolbox, it is one of the most important dialogs in Gimp IMHO. Once you have created layers, you can move them with the "Move" tool (Cross with arrows).

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Jan 23, 2011, 22:28
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RE: Moving objects
Actually, I tried exactly that and it didn't work, so I must have been doing SOMETHING wrong! I just retried it and it worked just fine. Go figure. Thanks for the help!
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