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Old 09-14-2016, 06:21 PM   #1
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GIMP-Drawing straight/curved lines, circles/ovals, boxes


I was almost afraid to ask this question until I saw that someone else had wrestled with this strange anomaly. An incredible image-manipulation program, SO MUCH easier-to-use and logically-arranged than Photoshop, with all the hi-tech abilities... and nothing (I have found yet) to auto-draw straight or curved lines, circles and ovals, boxes and polygons.
Bemusing.
One responder indicated that these basics are accomplished by the use of the "Paths" menu; could someone elaborate on that, 2500 words or less, in LinuxNewbieese ? Thanx.
 
Old 09-14-2016, 07:08 PM   #2
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I think inkscape is more efficient to draw shapes (it's designed to do it)
Some infos:
https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-using-simpleobjects.html
https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-using-rectangular.html
 
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:07 PM   #3
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The best GIMP resource I've ever found is Meet the GIMP. The proprietor published over 150 well-crafted video tutorials. You can see a list of topics here: http://meetthegimp.org/table-of-contents/

Episodes 29 and 30, and possibly some others, addressed drawing functions.
 
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:07 PM   #4
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:55 AM   #5
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I think inkscape is more efficient to draw shapes (it's designed to do it)
Some infos:
https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-using-simpleobjects.html
https://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-using-rectangular.html
No clue there, I guess inkscape is another IMP.... but as for my question........
OMG!!! Straightforward, clear, concise, step-by-step explanations of simple procedures! Who ARE those aliens????

Thank you !!!

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Old 09-17-2016, 10:22 AM   #6
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Good resource, maybe, but heads up....

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The best GIMP resource I've ever found is Meet the GIMP. The proprietor published over 150 well-crafted video tutorials. You can see a list of topics here: http://meetthegimp.org/table-of-contents/

Episodes 29 and 30, and possibly some others, addressed drawing functions.
Thanks, this looks (or at least LOOKED) like an excellent, albeit lengthy and time-consuming, resource... until the author took a tangent to promote an alternate product; KRITA, whatever that is. It ain't GIMP, which is the subject of the question.
Also, unless I missed it, the videos are only downloadable, not viewable online. (And I didn't check to see if they actually download, require an exotic player, etc.)
There was one objection to the author's English, and then several rebuttals saying his English was fine. As a native speaker of the language, I found his command of the language to be stellar compared to a lot of irritating albeit (perhaps) well-meaning attempts by those whose sites and "contributions" I generally dismiss out-of-hand. And even some of the ESLs (English as a Second Language) from several non-English quarters said they had no problems understanding him.
Overall, if one has the time, this looks to be a profitable resource. Thanks for your response!
 
Old 09-17-2016, 10:54 AM   #7
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Not a spam, just a link to a resource I found of value, personally.

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Old 09-17-2016, 11:06 AM   #8
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browsers and media playback, that's a whole different can of worms, but it should play ok once downloaded (you ARE using mplayer, mpv or at the very least vlc, aren't you?).
and ~20MB for a video doesn't seem so bad to me.

anyhow, it seems you are getting along nicely; i just wanted to point out the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics.
vector graphics files (.svg) are basically text files!
 
Old 09-17-2016, 11:28 AM   #9
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Not a spam, just a link to a resource I found of value, personally.
I envy those of you who still have the time, and 8 pounds sterling, to invest in such a pursuit as this. I don't, I'm a dive in, ferret-it-out sort of numskull but I appreciate the recommendation and hope that some readers find it brill. Thankx for the pointer.
 
Old 09-17-2016, 11:43 AM   #10
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irrelevant to question, relevant to pursuers...

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browsers and media playback, that's a whole different can of worms, but it should play ok once downloaded (you ARE using mplayer, mpv or at the very least vlc, aren't you?).
and ~20MB for a video doesn't seem so bad to me.

anyhow, it seems you are getting along nicely; i just wanted to point out the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics.
vector graphics files (.svg) are basically text files!
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We seem to be drifting off-course here, but since I found the first few entries of the reference you cite to be quite short-and-sweet, educational, and actually interesting, I am going to forgive the divergence factor at work here and salute you for your contribution. A quick dose of basic paradigm there, for those of you entering the realme. Thanx, ondoho.
 
Old 09-18-2016, 03:48 AM   #11
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you're welcome. i invite you to locate a few .svg files on your system and open them with a plain text editor! it's always funnier to see than being told.


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I envy those of you who still have the time, and 8 pounds sterling, to invest in such a pursuit as this. I don't, I'm a dive in, ferret-it-out sort of numskull but I appreciate the recommendation and hope that some readers find it brill. Thankx for the pointer.
fwiw, i never read a linux-related book, be it online or printed.
i always find what i need, when i need it, online, just like you characterised it.
 
Old 09-18-2016, 02:47 PM   #12
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You might try krita instead for that stuff. For most gimp stuff I watch the GimpKnowHow youtube channel. For most drawing, I use povray, but I like math and code. Plus the ability to scale and tweak in repeatable fashion that a 3D tool provides. Plus the cool effects if you want to make a fancy video. But mostly the precision that math gives versus a steady hand, if only to perfectly center something with minimal brain power and excessive typing.
 
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For just circles and squares (and various flowcharts) Dia is very good.
 
Old 09-20-2016, 12:32 PM   #14
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My ignorance costs, again...

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For just circles and squares (and various flowcharts) Dia is very good.
What is Dia? What is Krita? Are we still on-course with the question (how to draw straight/curved lines and basic geometric shapes in GIMP, GIMP, GIMP!)
GIMP.
If I knew those responses were irrelevant, I would only waste the time necessary to reiterate, a 3rd time in less than a dozen posts, that the queston is about GIMP.
If I knew those responses were helpful and relevant, I would invest a little time in thanking the responders and marking their responses "Helpful".
GIMP!
Where I found myself feeling foolish yet again, because some of the answers are quite handily presented in the GIMP HELP, right there in my face, in GIMP... duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........
 
Old 09-21-2016, 09:10 AM   #15
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You're getting these answers because your question is kinds open even though you want to specify GIMP. GIMP is an Image manipulation program are you manipulating existing images or are you creating new ones? If you are creating new ones Krita is better. If you are trying to create 2d flat images to print Inkscape is better. If you just want to draw a circle you want the elipse tool just like you want in Ps the fact that you can't find it shows that GIMP isn't more logically arranged nor easier to use.

Let go back to the beginning. What are you trying to do beyond drawing circles
 
  


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