Re: [Gimp-developer] Create New Layer Button

Elle, to answer your question, I'm a graphic designer mainly, but I use
photography as a graphic design tool. I would consider myself a decent
photographer, but I'm much better at photo-editing than I am at
photography, to be perfectly honest. :) From me, you would get a variety of
workflows, which range from focus-stacking and layer duplication with layer
mode filters and masks for non-destructive editing.

I would be very pleased to see your workflow as well, as it may help
improve mine. It's always those one of two things that you don't think of,
that just save you ages.

For example, in product photography, I used to fuzzy-select (magic wand in
PS) the white space and shadow areas, and erase to white as close as I
could get to the shadow area to maintain a clean transition, and then clean
up the shadows a bit. These days, I use fuzzy select (or the curves tool
for white object on white background, since fuzzy select doesn't work as
well in these situations), then selection-to-mask (inverted), and erase the
mask outward from the base of the object until I have as much shadow as I
want. This ensures a smooth transition without any extra clean up, and
allows  much greater control over the image in a non-destructive way that
only requires a few more button clicks, and is so much less of a
pain-in-the-ass, it's ridiculous.

I will do a video of my various workflows, and make UI suggestions based on
each of them, if that will help the team.

Let me know if this is something that would be useful.

On Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 10:32 PM, Elle Stone <ellestone ninedegreesbelow com

On 03/29/2015 01:57 PM, Ofnuts wrote:

On 29/03/15 18:02, Elle Stone wrote:

A lot of people make statements to the effect that "Most GIMP users do
this or that", but I've never seen anyone offer any supporting logical
justification or hard evidence.

How hard would it be to add meaningful usage statistics in Gimp?

I'm not sure there is an easy way to add meaningful usage statistics. I
think the better course really might be to follow Krita's lead and ask
actual and potential users who fall into GIMP's "target users" groups to
use GIMP and provide feedback on what works, what doesn't work, what could
be better, and so on.

Obviously there are people right on this list who can share their
workflows and the useability problems they've encountered, perhaps in a
more structured way than popping onto the list with "the export dialog
needs to be improved" (that was my latest complaint) or "adding a new layer
is cumbersome" (which it really is unless you know about click-shift and
dragging colors).

On 03/29/2015 04:35 PM, C R wrote:

Hi Elle. I may be one of the people you are looking for, Re:
professional Photoshop user who now does everything in GIMP. I'm at
your service. Please let me know how I can best help.

C R offered to share his workflow. C R, do you primarily do product
photography? Or also other kinds of photography?

I'm also an ex-Photoshop user, and the more I use high bit depth GIMP, the
more I like it, but I keep running into the same useability issues over and
over again. I mostly use GIMP for editing photographs. I did a marathon
editing session and kept useability notes, which I could organize into a
"top ten" list.

What other categories of uses for GIMP are represented by users on this

Would any of you be interested in "watching yourself edit", so to speak,
and putting together a short description of your workflow and your personal
"top ten useability issues", and maybe also say what you like about GIMP?

And if five or ten or twenty people on this list go to the trouble of
putting together a short description of their workflow, plus their personal
"top ten useability issues", would any of the GIMP developers be in a
position to make use of the collected information?


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