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    Question GIMP and layers/pattern fill

    Hello.

    Having moved from Windows to Linux and finding that Dundjinni has been 'blocked' from running natively in Linux via the Java JAR executer, I turned to GIMP to start creating maps and the like for my RPG maps.

    I will first off admit that I'm about as artistic as a demolition car (although after a night at short track racing, I might be able to wax poetically about the thrill of racing wheel to wheel, but I digress...) so if I'm not understanding something, I apologize. I'm one of those who will jump in and then figure out what I need to learn.

    I'm currently trying to work through the Zombie Fantasy Cartography tutorials - which are awesome and kudoes to the author - he directed me here to ask GIMP related questions.

    My first question is very basic - I'm trying to replicate the Photoshop technique he uses for creating a Layer that has a pattern fill that scales.

    I have a map 'paper' that I've created at 600x800x72dpi. I've created a 1"x1" 'forest' pattern at 600dpi. I've discovered that my version of GIMP (2.2) doesn't have a layer of type 'pattern fill' (in fact, it seems that there aren't really any 'type' of layers in GIMP like what is shown in the tutorial for Photoshop) and that although I can 'bucket fill' the layer with my pattern, I have to create a new pattern that is much smaller (about 128px by 128px) and then I get pixellation. The effect works, but isn't quite what I had hoped for.

    Is that the way it has to be done in GIMP or am I missing something about how to scale up/down large patterns like is shown in the tutorial?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I use Gimp a lot for mapping although I wouldn't call myself an expert, and I must say that if there is a way to emulate that Photoshop functionality I've never seen it. RobA may know if I'm right or not, and I await his his response to this question with joyful ...................anticipation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neurowiz View Post
    My first question is very basic - I'm trying to replicate the Photoshop technique he uses for creating a Layer that has a pattern fill that scales.

    I have a map 'paper' that I've created at 600x800x72dpi. I've created a 1"x1" 'forest' pattern at 600dpi. I've discovered that my version of GIMP (2.2) doesn't have a layer of type 'pattern fill' (in fact, it seems that there aren't really any 'type' of layers in GIMP like what is shown in the tutorial for Photoshop) and that although I can 'bucket fill' the layer with my pattern, I have to create a new pattern that is much smaller (about 128px by 128px) and then I get pixellation. The effect works, but isn't quite what I had hoped for.

    Is that the way it has to be done in GIMP or am I missing something about how to scale up/down large patterns like is shown in the tutorial?

    Thanks in advance.
    Neurowiz
    Hi Neurowiz.

    First off, upgrade to 2.4.x as there are a lot of big improvements.

    Gimp doesn't have specialized layer types/layer effects like photoshop, and no way to dynamically scale the fill

    One of the 2.4 features is that the current clipboard contents are available as both a brush and a pattern. So open your 600x600 pattern file (don't bother to save it as a pattern) and select all, copy (ctrl-a, ctrl-c in windows, I don't know the linux shortcut). Now it shows up in the pattern palette as the first entry and you can drag it onto an image (or use the paintbucket tool).

    If you want a smaller scaled pattern, just rescale the 600x600 image and select all, copy again, then paintbucket the layer. (Then undo the rescale on the 600x600 image). Not too convenient, I'll admit, but workable. (I'm thinking a plugin might be necessary here.... "Scale pattern to clipboard"...)

    Then just use a layer mask to restrict where the fill shows up (like in photoshop). You can change the fill by re-flood-filling (just make sure you select the layer icon, not the mask icon!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    Hi Neurowiz.

    First off, upgrade to 2.4.x as there are a lot of big improvements.

    Gimp doesn't have specialized layer types/layer effects like photoshop, and no way to dynamically scale the fill

    One of the 2.4 features is that the current clipboard contents are available as both a brush and a pattern. So open your 600x600 pattern file (don't bother to save it as a pattern) and select all, copy (ctrl-a, ctrl-c in windows, I don't know the linux shortcut). Now it shows up in the pattern palette as the first entry and you can drag it onto an image (or use the paintbucket tool).

    If you want a smaller scaled pattern, just rescale the 600x600 image and select all, copy again, then paintbucket the layer. (Then undo the rescale on the 600x600 image). Not too convenient, I'll admit, but workable. (I'm thinking a plugin might be necessary here.... "Scale pattern to clipboard"...)

    Then just use a layer mask to restrict where the fill shows up (like in photoshop). You can change the fill by re-flood-filling (just make sure you select the layer icon, not the mask icon!)

    -Rob A>
    Rob - Thank you for the hints and tips, and for confirming my suspicions about layer pattern fill (lackthereof in Gimp). Unfortunately, upgrading to 2.4 on my ancient Ubuntu installation might be a bit of a chore, so I might have to stick with my 2.2 for awhile.

    I'm OK with manually scaling my patterns, but I don't like the pixellation that occurs when I 'paint' the pattern onto the image. Does that happen because the 'target' image is 72dpi, or because I'm taking something that was 600x600 pixels and going down to 128x128 pixels?

    Thanks again!
    Neurowiz

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    You shouldn't see pixelation on a downscale... What was the resampling option you used? (Cubic is the best available in 2.2 IIR)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    You shouldn't see pixelation on a downscale... What was the resampling option you used? (Cubic is the best available in 2.2 IIR)

    -Rob A>
    Uh, this is where I fumble my GIMP Knowledge roll that was apparently DC10 and I just did a 1.

    Oh, you mean quality on the scaling dialog! Let me try that...

    Well, that didn't help so much. When I use either pattern as a fill for my forest layer , after I "burn" it on top of my 'paper' layer, it still looks pixelly. It doesn't look as smooth as what I had hoped.

    Now please forgive a beginner, but if I'm going from a 600px by 600 px (600dpi) picture to a 128px by 128px, I'm assuming I'm going to get some pixellation? Is this just something I have to live with?

    Thanks for being patient...
    Neurowiz

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    If you reduce the size of an image, you should not get any significant pixellation or reduction in quality. If you go the other direction (128 x 128 -> 600 X 600), you will lose quality. Generally speaking.

    I don't use Gimp, so I can't really say what might be happening, but if you can show us your elements and how they're interacting, it may help us to help you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobA View Post
    I don't know why either... can you post an example?

    -Rob A>
    OK, I hope this works...

    This is what my scaled pattern looks like when I've put it on a layer and burned it in with the 'antique paper' layer underneath.


    This the same layer, but multiplied instead of burned.


    Edited: OK, this is odd. The pattern file is at 128x128 by 72dpi? That would definitely cause some pixellation.

    Thanks.
    Neurowiz
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    If you're not printing the image, ignore dpi. It has zero effect on what you see on the screen. Can you also show us what it looks like at 600 X 600, so we have something to compare it to?
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