GIMP 2.10.18 Released

We skipped announcing 2.10.16 due to a critical bug. Together, the two updates deliver several major usability improvements, a new tool for transformations in 3D space, new release checker, and the usual amount of bug fixes.

Here are release highlights:

Tools are now grouped in the toolbox by default Sliders now use a compact style with improved user interaction Vastly improved user experience for the transformation preview Dockable areas now highlighted when a dockable dialog is being dragged New 3D Transform tool to rotate and pan items Much smoother brush outline preview motion on the canvas Symmetry painting enhancements Faster loading of ABR brushes PSD support improvements Consolidated user interface for merging down and anchoring layers Update check to notify users of new releases available 28 bug fixes, 15 translation updates “GIMP update brings tool groups, by Aryeom, Creative Commons by-sa 4.0 Tools now grouped by default

Tools can now be grouped in the toolbox, and this option is enabled by default.

You can customize groups by creating new ones and dragging tools between them. The changes will take effect immediately. Or you can disable the grouping entirely. You’ll find configuration options on the Interface/Toolbox page of the Preferences dialog.

Please note that the default order of tools in the toolbox is now different. You can customize it as well.

Compact sliders

Sliders typically used in GEGL-based filters and tools’ options now have a compact style by default: they take a lot less space vertically and have a vastly improved interaction model.

You can use multiple modifiers with either left-click or mouse wheel scrolling:

Left-click + drag changes a value with a default increment Shift + left-click + drag (or right-click + drag) changes a value with a smaller step Ctrl + left-click + drag change a value with a larger step

Here is the full reference:

Docking UX improvements

The ‘You can drop dockable dialogs here’ message is now gone from the toolbox, and other empty dockable areas. This used to annoy quite a few users who used a single/double-column layout for the left panel.

But since we still need to hint where you can dock dialogs, whenever you drag a dialog, all dockable areas will be highlighted.

Your browser does not support the video tag. High-contrast symbolic theme now available

Since releasing 2.10 in 2018, we received a lot of feedback that the symbolic icon theme used by default doesn’t have enough contrast. We recently did a quick poll on Twitter showing people a variation of the theme with more foreground/background color contrast, and that certainly clicked with users.

Some of the feedback suggested, however, that a part of the demographic likes the current contrast. So instead of pushing changes for everyone, we introduced a new high-contrast symbolic theme. You can choose it in the Preferences dialog, just like any other icon theme.

The contrast is a compile-time variable that you can change prior to building GIMP from source code. We see this as more of a dirty temporary solution.

With GTK3, it’s going to be a lot easier to make things configurable. In particular, upcoming Inkscape 1.0 is featuring a new icon theme called ‘multicolor’ that makes a great use of CSS in GTK3 and, while staying symbolic, uses some color where it matters. We will be definitely looking closer

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