Re: [Gimp-developer] Layer to Image Size property


The newly created layers shouldn't be as large as the image by default.

The problem is not necessarily with the size of the layer but more with the
behaviour of its content when working with filters and transform tools.

Here is an example of what I am trying to say:

1. Draw a rectangle and fill it with any colour;
2. Pick a transform tool and click the layer with the rectangle shape.
3. The entire image is selected ready to be transformed (as in image 1 from
the link below)

My expectation is that the transform tool will select only the content I
want to transform straightaway, as in image 2 from the following link
without the user

Also, I do not need to care about resizing the layer to the size of the
image if I want to add filter effects to the pasted layer content, e.g.
drop shadow. The Layer/content boundary should intelligently resize itself
to accommodate any filter effects.

This is how layer content is handled in Photoshop, Krita and Inkscape.



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On 02/22/2015 09:24 AM, Joseph Bupe wrote:

It seems that in gimp the images created from scratch on a layer have by
default the layer-to-image-size property, which makes the transform
operation to include the entire image size; that is if I did not specify
with the select tool what I want to transform.

Newly created layers are as large as the image by default.

However, an image from clip-board pasted in using Edit>paste-as-new-layer
works well with the Unified Transform Tool since the tool
its operation within the bounds of that image (as long as the image's
surrounding is empty and transparent).

Pasted content retains its original size.

My humble opinion is that images created from scratch should not have the
layer-to-image-size property so that they can work well with the
tools on the fly, but also intelligently allow other tools (brush,
and filters (drop shadow) to work on them without necessarily having to
convert layers to image size.

This would be what the enhancement request is about - dynamically
adjusting layer boundaries.

The other option would be to allow the Unified Transform Tool to be used
also for selecting (like the rectangle select tool) the image(s) to be

What doesn't work right now?

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