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Things don't work and aren't "there"

Mar 27, 2012, 10:07
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Things don't work and aren't "there"
I am brand new here and very much a Beginner to photography, never mind Gimp .
I have updated my gimp twice now (thinking that perhaps the first update didn't work properly) and still have the following problems:

My screen doesn't look anything like the one they show on the tutorial page Huh.

In my "layers" menu, I don't have a "mode" option (I needed that to do the sharpening with the "unsharp mask" and it said to click on "mode" and then "subtract". I have neither mode, nor subtract :-(. the only "mode" I found was in the "image" menu, but there was no subtract option there, hence I assume this was the wrong "mode". The only subtract option I found was in the transparencies/alpha channels menu (whatever that may be) and it didn't seem to be doing anything for sharpening the image either :-(.

When I use "sharpen" (in the Filters / Enhance submenu), it seems to go through all the right motions (i.e the menu comes up, I can enter what % sharpening, it then shows a green bar running across the bottom and the menu dissapears, but my actual image didn't change Huh

Please could someone help me?

The gimp was installed about 2 years back by my computer techie and I have used it successfully for painting and fixing problem spots, lightening/darkening, changing colours, all those basic things. I have also uploaded a plug-in someone discussed in Flickr which has lots of fun filters and stuff and have played around with that successfully as well - i.e the basic program IS working :-).
I use Windows and Firefox (in case that is important).

I found a reference in another question on this forum to this: Curing his Dunning–Kruger syndrome; but didn't want to go and delete the profile, in case this was a totally different problem.

Thanks for any ideas
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