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Problems Locating Images on My Computer

May 7, 2014, 10:09
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Problems Locating Images on My Computer
Hi,

When I open up Gimp and try to locate existing images on on my computer, I'm struggling to understand how to get to them using the Gimp menu.

If I go to File/Open there seems to be no way that I can actually locate the folder that actually holds the images. I have managed to edit one image by dragging the image from the host folder, and then dropping it into the editing area of Gimp. Am I missing something here? Should I expect to be able to load an existing image into Gimp by going to File/Open/xxxx/xxxx/etc, etc?

The strange thing is that I can see a few images that are in various folders within my Documents directory, but cannot see the folders containing the bulk of my images. The path for these is Libraries/Pictures/Folder name/Image Name.

I shall probably feel really stupid when some kind soul comes up with an explanation, but if it solves they mystery I guess I will have to accept that Blush

In hope.

Regards,

Alan
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May 7, 2014, 10:39 (This post was last modified: May 7, 2014 10:55 by rich2005.)
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RE: Problems Locating Images on My Computer
Quote:The path for these is Libraries/Pictures/Folder name/Image Name.

Is that OSX?

Can you add that to the Open file dialog, This is in Windows

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The same procedure but can you make yourself a "project folder" that is not so buried and keep all your work there? You can (should be able to) add as many locations as you want, within reason.

edit: Maybe it is something like this
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/li...folde.html
maybe hidden folders?

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May 7, 2014, 11:46
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RE: Problems Locating Images on My Computer
HI rich2005,

My OS is Windows 7. So I do have separate 'Project' folders with the Windows systems Picture Library. If there is a different way of doing this please tell me, but using your logic of 'Adding a folder to the Bookmarks' I have just tried a bit of a work-around.

I copied the actual Pictures folder (with my several individual Project folders within it) and then 'pasted' it onto my Desktop. As the Desktop was already in the list of Bookmarks I selected that from within 'Places', and then selected the Pictures folder, then the Project folder that I knew contained the image I wanted - and then opened it up in the Gimp editing window.

Ok, what I have done may not be the ideal way, and if there is a more efficient way, without duplicating the whole content of my Pictures LIbrary I would still like to know, but for the time being at least, I can now easily get at my images.

Many thanks for your helpful contribution, It helped me to see that I could do something that otherwise I might not have realised could be achieved.

Further thoughts welcome of course,

Regards,

Alan
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May 7, 2014, 12:18
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RE: Problems Locating Images on My Computer
I tend to use linux most of the time, and have an aversion to
1. Anything starting with My.. Smile
2. Any files/folders/lots-of-shortcuts on the desktop.

But do it any way you like, it is your installation.
I was thinking along the lines of a project folder in your User\'your-name'\ tree.

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This is Win7, Easy to add (and remove) folders from the bookmarks. Right click works as well.

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May 7, 2014, 14:09
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RE: Problems Locating Images on My Computer
paynekj & rich2005,

Puzzling is an understatement, I too expected the Pictures folder to be in the 'tree' under my User Name, but not so I'm afraid. That's why I was (am) so confused. Why it wasn't/isn't there I don't really know.

All I had in the Bookmarks when I opened Gimp up was:

My User Name
Desktop
Local Disk ©
DVD RW Drive (D)
Microsoft Office Click-to-run 2010 (Protected) (Q)
Old Pictures
Documents

I did click on most of the above to see if I could locate the Picture folder in question, but as I have already said I couldn't see it anywhere. Anyway, to save me going cross-eyed with looking at this for several more hours (as I have done so far), for the time being at least I will stick with the work-around, now that I have been able to paste the Pictures folder onto my Desktop so that I have been able to add it to Bookmarks from there.

Many thanks for your kind assistance and interest in trying to help this 'confused newbie'.

Alan
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May 9, 2014, 08:00
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RE: Problems Locating Images on My Computer
(May 7, 2014 14:09)OldTimer Wrote:  for the time being at least I will stick with the work-around, now that I have been able to paste the Pictures folder onto my Desktop so that I have been able to add it to Bookmarks from there.

Many thanks for your kind assistance and interest in trying to help this 'confused newbie'.

Alan

Hi Alan, I think I may have the solution for you (*crosses fingers)

So in the Gimp Open Bookmark locations, try clicking:
- On my win7 computer, the Pictures/My Pictures folder is under "myUserName"

Also check in "Documents" (another common location for pictures)

To get to pictures from "Local Disk C: "
"...Users > myUserName > Documents" or "...Users > myUsername > Pictures"

Last, depending on your image file sizes, its poor practice to store physical folders on your desktop (you can make a shortcut to the folder on your desktop & it should show up in the Gimp desktop bookmark on the left though Smile )
Reason is, if you shutdown your computer, each time you start up your computer, it will load up the physical folder on your desktop.

*But if you just put your computer in sleep or hibernate, no real need to worry Undecided

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May 9, 2014, 14:32
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RE: Problems Locating Images on My Computer
Hi iForStyle007 et al,

Sorted, as they say! I think that my file/folder system must have been totally messed up some time ago, but with grateful thanks for your suggestion I have located a pathway whereby I can now add any of my Picture projects into the Gimp Bookmarks without adding a 'bloated' folder onto the Desktop.

The pathway was/is this:

"Local Disk C:" > Users > Public > Pictures > Selected Project Folder

I am really pleased with this solution, and am delighted to say that on my first visit to the Forum I have found you guys friendly, as well as exceedingly helpful.

I hope now to advance my knowledge of photo editing techniques as I learn more about Gimp.

Thanks again.

Best wishes,

Alan
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