GIMP 2.10.14 Released

GIMP 2.10.14 arrives with bugfixes and various enhancements.

Here are release highlights:

Basic out-of-canvas pixels viewing and editing Optional editing of layers with disabled visibility Foreground Select tool: new Grayscale Preview Mode Newly added Normal Map filter 27 old filters ported to use GEGL buffers HEIF, TIFF, and PDF support improvements Better loading of corrupted XCF files Grayscale workflows order of magnitude faster macOS Catalina compatibility 45 bugfixes, 22 translation updates “Wilber paints out-of-canvas”, by Aryeom, Creative Commons by-sa 4.0 Out-of-canvas viewing and editing

Not being able to view and edit data outside the canvas boundary used to be a deal breaker in quite a few use cases. So this is going to be a bit of a breakthrough moment for quite a few users.

Out-of-canvas pixels visible in the Show All mode, with both layer and canvas boundary cues enabled

This is what has changed:

There is now a new Show All mode accessible via the View menu that reveals all pixels outside the canvas boundary. This mode uses alpha checkerboard for canvas padding, but you can configure GIMP to temporarily or permanently use the usual padding color instead. You can also enable canvas boundary cue display (dotted red line). Color- and patch-picking, bucket-filling, and transforming now works outside the canvas. Which means you can crop past the canvas boundary or pick a source patch from outside the canvas area to heal an area inside the canvas.

This is basically the first shot at the previously missing feature set, so expect more to land to GIMP at some point in the future. Making selection tools work outside the canvas sounds like a sensible next stop. Then maybe we can seriously talk about boundless canvas.

Most of the work on this was done by Ell.

New Image mode in transform tools

This new feature is closely related to out-of-canvas viewing and editing and was also contributed by Ell.

Now when you e.g. rotate a single-layer image, you can use this transform type to automatically expand the canvas to include all of rotated pixels when using the default Adjust clipping mode. The switch is right next to layer/path/selection toggle at the top of any transform tool’s settings.

It’s complemented by a new Image > Transform > Arbitrary Rotation… menu entry, which activates the rotate tool in the Image mode.

Filters can now extend beyond layer boundary

The result of some filters can be larger than the original layer. A very common example is Drop Shadow, which adds a shadow at an offset to the layer. Such filters are no longer clipped to the layer boundary by default. Instead, the layer is automatically resized as necessary when the filter is applied.

Filters are no longer clipped to the layer boundary by default

This behavior can be toggled through the new Clipping option in the filter dialog.

Invisible layers can now be edited

There is now a global toggle to enable the editing of layers with disabled visibility (the eye icon in the layers docker). There was some demand for it from users, and it was easy to do, so a new contributor, woob, added this feature.

Free Select tool update

The Free Select tool received further usability improvements. It now supports using Alt+drag to quickly move, cut, and copy the selection, without having to commit the selection first, similarly to

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