GIMP 2.10.20 Released

GIMP 2.10.20 comes with new features as well as important bugfixes.

Release highlights:

Tool-group menus can now expand on hover Non-destructive cropping now available by cropping the canvas rather than actual pixels Better PSD support: exporting of 16-bit files now available, reading/writing channels in the right order On-canvas controls for the Vignette filter New filters: Bloom, Focus Blur, Lens Blur, Variable Blur Blending options now built into filter dialogs Over 30 bugfixes We wish you all the best health! by Aryeom, Creative Commons by-sa 4.0 Toolbox updates

We listened to users’ feedback on introducing tool groups in the toolbox in the previous release. A lot of people told us they appreciated the change in general but were quite averse to having to click to open the list of tools in a group. The new release adds the option to show the tool-group menu as soon as the mouse hovers over the toolbox button, without having to click it. This option is enabled by default when the toolbox is arranged in a single column, but it can be enabled for arbitrary toolbox layouts, or disabled entirely, through the Toolbox page of the Preferences dialog.

Additionally, when not using the new behavior, toolbox tooltips now list all the tools in a group, to improve their discoverability.

Basic non-destructive cropping

GIMP now provides a kind of a non-destructive cropping behavior by default. Instead of deleting pixels that you cropped out and thus changing both the layer and the canvas, it will simply resize the canvas. If you export such an image, the resulted file will only have what you see within canvas boundaries.

The benefit of that is (at least) threefold:

You can revert to the original uncropped version by going to Image -> Fit Canvas to Layers. None of your edits between cropping and uncropping will disappear. If you save your project as an XCF file, you can close the file and even quit GIMP and still be able to remove cropping and then crop differently at any time later. When you are on the fence about your cropping decision, you can view pixels that you cropped out by going to View -> Show All.

If you want the old “destructive” behavior back, simply tick the ‘Delete cropped pixels’ checkbox in Crop tool’s settings.

New and improved filters

The Vignette filter now has on-canvas controls to visually manipulate the geometry of the vignette rather than enter numeric values in a dialog.

Whichever vignette shape you pick, you will always have control for the inner area that stays unchanged, the border of the vignette where pixels stop changing, and the medium point between the two. Dragging the mouse pointer anywhere outside of the outer control will result in rotating the vignette shape.

In addition, there are two new shapes, ‘Horizontal’ and ‘Vertical’.

There are three new filters all related to imitating out-of-focus blur.

Variable Blur takes a layer or channel as an input mask to decide which pixels should be blurred (at what percentage of user-defined maximum blur intensity) and what pixels should stay unchanged, and then blurs pixels with Gaussian Blur.

Featured image by Raphaël Bacco.

Lens Blur does the same but provides a far more realistic imitation of the out-of-focus blur, including the partial occlusion of sharp foreground objects

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