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The elusive 2 pixels pencil

Jul 20, 2012, 00:20
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The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Hi! I like to put a border on the photo I upload online.These pictures are usually 600 X 400 pixels.A 2 pixels line is just perfect for my use but...it's impossible to have a 2 pixels pencil.You can create a 1 pixels pencil or a 3 pixels pencil but not a 2 pixels one.
First question: Why?
At one point, what I was doing is, select all,then shrink the selection by 5 pixels(yes,I like to add the border inside the image)and then use the marching ants as a guide and trace a 3 pixels wide solid line and then erase a 1 pixel line using the eraser but...it's extremely tricky(and time consuming)because there's no real 1 pixel eraser...it's a cross made of 5 pixels and if you're not just at the right spot it erases the thing just bad.
Also,I use to do it by: selecting all, then shrink the selection by 5 pixels and then strike the selection with my chosen pencil but...the damn line is 5 pixels away from the border of the picture on the left side and on top but on the right side and at the bottom,the damn line is only "4 pixels" away.Sure 1 pixel off seems not that much but on a small picture 600 X 400, it shows a lot.
Second question:How come the selection can't be stricken with an even result?Thanks!
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Jul 20, 2012, 20:06
Post: #2
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Well why do you think I wrote it's impossible(for me)...because it's impossible.Go to the brush editor,try to make a new 2 pixels square brush.You first click on the square icon then,choose hardness to the maximum at 1.00. Then,for the radius,if you choose between .2 and .6, you get a 1 pixel brush. By the time you get to .7, you're now with a "THREE" pixels brush. There's no hard square 2 pixels brush possible.
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Jul 20, 2012, 20:15
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RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Well...seems the fastest will be...select all,shrink the selection by 5 pixels then strike that selection with a 2 pixels line of solid color and this time,the line will be centered.One real "WONDER" why when you stroke the selection with a 1 or 3 pixels pencil,the line wind up 5 pixels away from the border at the top and left side and only 4 pixels away at the bottom and the right side???
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Jul 20, 2012, 20:28
Post: #4
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Also,another problem I have is...all my brushes are duplicated.That takes space for nothing so I would like to delete one copy of each but again...it's impossible.You select the brush then click on the trash can to delete it but nothing happen.
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Jul 20, 2012, 21:17
Post: #5
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
If I go to: Program Files (x86) GIMP-2.0 share gimp 2.0 brushes there was a second "brushes" folder there so...I did delete it and now the duplicated are gone.Thanks!
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Jul 23, 2012, 22:16
Post: #6
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Well...I open a new window(with transparency selected) and I us the pencil 1 pixel to create a 2 pixels brush.I then click "file" then "save as" then click on"browse for other folders" then click on "local disk ©" then on "Program Files (x86) then on Gimp-2.0 then on "share" then on "gimp" then on "2.0" then on "brushes" then I name my file "square2" then I click on "select file type" and then click "GIMP brush" (which add .gbr to the file name) and then I click "save" and then I get a box "save a brush" in which "Spacing 10" is highlighted and the description written is : GIMP brush. There's a "save" button in that box so I click on it and...BINGO! I return back to the brushes folder and there's no "square2" brush to be find.
Also...many years ago,I made myself many custom brushes and none are there either...even though I use them in Gimp every day. Where are they???
P.S. If I repeat the whole operation again,I get that that such a brush(square2) already exist and they ask me if I want to replace it...huh!
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Jul 23, 2012, 22:28
Post: #7
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
I did find out that if I go to "my computer" and the "Local Disk ©" and the if I click "users" instead of "Program Files (x86)" and then click on "gillang" (which is my user name) and then ".gimp-2.6" and then "brushes"...that's where my old custom brushes are and I could download my "square2" 2 pixels brush in that folder but...I can't find it nowhere in the brushes tool box.
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Jul 23, 2012, 22:39
Post: #8
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Well...I did copy the damn "square2" brush from the user/gillang/gimp-2.6/brushes folder and I did paste it in the programfiles(X86)/gimp-2.0/share/GIMP/2.0/brushes and now, it's there in that folder too but...nowhere to be find in the brushes tool box.
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Jul 23, 2012, 22:56
Post: #9
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
I did stop and restart GIMP a few times but...still no "square2" in the brushes. How do you refresh the brushes list?
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Jul 23, 2012, 23:05
Post: #10
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
In another topic...channel mixer is a real good tool to get a layer mask to change the background on a picture that involves fluffy hair but...the window is so small.Except for to bring the upper left corner of the window into the upper left corner of the screen and then spread the whole thing to the full screen size,is there any other way to enlarge the window to get to see more in detail what's going on when you play with the slider as to not lose too much details?
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Jul 23, 2012, 23:08
Post: #11
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
"The circular arrow in the bottom right corner"
When you hover the pointer over this icon,you get: "reset to value default"...I sure don't want to take the chance to lose my old collection of customized brushes by clicking on this.
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Jul 23, 2012, 23:27
Post: #12
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
I found it...it's name is Gimp brush( why in hell did they can't keep the name you gave to the file???) Also,the size listed is the size of the window on which you did the brush(in my case 30 pixels X 30 pixels)not the size of the actual brush(2 pixels). As they say,when something is free you can't complain but...
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Jul 23, 2012, 23:38
Post: #13
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Seems there's no way to rename the thing. You go to "edit brushes"and...it's read only...HUH!
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Jul 23, 2012, 23:50
Post: #14
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
Well...you can't rename it...you can't even delete it. Seems the logic is that if you want a 2 pixels pencil/brush,you have to create it on a 2 pixels x 2 pixels window...if not,it brings tons of problems.
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Jul 24, 2012, 19:20
Post: #15
RE: The elusive 2 pixels pencil
You haven't answered my second topic question(in this thread) about the channel mixer.
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