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 Post subject: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:08 pm  (#1) 
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OK being bald helps when it comes to pulling hair out!
I have an image which has layers and paths.

Question 1.
How do I change the colours of a path once it is stroked?

Question 2
How do I merge my paths with my layers so that I can save the image in .jpeg format? Each time I try and save what I see on the screen the resultant image does not include my stroked paths!!

Simple if you know how but right now I can't see the wood for the trees or is it the trees for the wood? :)


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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:22 pm  (#2) 
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Question 2:
you dont, a path is not "merged" with a jpg
it can be saved in an xcf file

Question 1:
use colorize or another tool that manipulates colors
or
delete the layer and stroke the path in another color


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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:30 pm  (#3) 
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Question 2
Before you export to jpg try using a New Layer from Visible.
Edit,
I just reread the question, your path will not save in a jpg.

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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:57 pm  (#4) 
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Will it save as a .png?
Otherwise how to I save a stroked path in an image to use on a PDF document?


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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:24 pm  (#5) 
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it appears like you have a misconception about paths (or i am getting you totally wrong)

a path is something you make in GIMP with the path tool
it is saved in the paths tab - there you can turn it on or off

when turned on, it is red, when two or more paths are turned on, the active one will be red and the other one(s) blue

a path is not visible in a merged down picture unless you stroke it
it is like a selection - a selection will not be visible in a saved picture as well

for the most control it is best to stroke your path on a seperate layer, so that you can delete it, without destroying the whole picture

and you can merge down that layer, like any layer

the path is only visible in your final image if you stroke it, but you cant save the path in a jpg or png
you can save the path in an xcf file

so if you stroked the path, just merge down your layers and save it in whatever format you like (e.g. png or jpg)
but this is just standard procedure for any picture, with or without paths
Attachment:
Stroke Path.png
Stroke Path.png [ 98.05 KiB | Viewed 373 times ]


as usual bredies, all these questions could be answered a lot easier if you told us what you are actually doing and attach the picture


Last edited by Esper on Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:28 pm  (#6) 
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If you really need to save the vector (path), you can go to the paths dialogue and right-click on your path and save as then save it as a .svg file. You can then open it in Inkscape and colorize it as you like. I only occasionally do this; best to just edit in Inkscape in the first place unless your path was created by a complex selection based on your bitmap image of course. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:52 am  (#7) 
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Hi Esper
Thanks for the explanation. I will give that a go.
As for attaching the picture????? How do I do that if it won't save?????


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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:42 am  (#8) 
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attach the xcf ??????

describe what you are trying to do ???????


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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:56 am  (#9) 
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OK let's try.
The message I got was:
"The upload xcf file not allowed"
Must be me that is stoopid.


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 Post subject: Re: Paths - 2 questions.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:07 am  (#10) 
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Screen shot of what I am trying to save:
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