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Placing objects by coordinates?

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enxio27
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Placing objects by coordinates?

Post#1 by enxio27 » 22 Mar 2020, 23:26


Is there a tutorial somewhere on how to place an object at specified coordinates? I would like something more precise than eyeballing it.
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Post#2 by rich2005 » 23 Mar 2020, 09:05


Is there a tutorial somewhere on how to place an object at specified coordinates? I would like something more precise than eyeballing it.
First, Gimp does not use objects, that term is usually for vector applications such as Inkscape. Gimp does use layers and selected pixels that can be moved.

Then which part of the layer is the reference point? Gimp normally uses the top-left corner for a reference point but most tools will temporarily show the center of the layer while it is moved. Look for a small cross.

Set up some guides, the Image -> Guides -> New Guide menu will set to co-ordinates. Use the move tool, top-corner or center will snap to the coordinates.
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A copied, pasted, floating selection acts just the same as a layer until anchored. (always better to promote to a new layer instead of anchor)
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I will throw in an old plugin paste-xy.py which pastes the clipboard according to top-left corner. Looks like this:
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Oh dear, that uses the term 'object', naughty plugin

The usual, unzip, put in the Gimp user plug-ins folder.
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Post#3 by Wilmertah » 24 Mar 2020, 14:16


Do you have to rename the folder at all into something else?
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Post#4 by rich2005 » 24 Mar 2020, 15:14


Wilmertah wrote:
24 Mar 2020, 14:16
Do you have to rename the folder at all into something else?
Is this about the plugin? No need to rename anything.

Using Windows?
Open the zip file by clicking on it.
Move the file paste-xy.py to C:\Users\"yourname"\AppData\Roaming\GIMP\2.10\plug-ins

Not able to find Appdata?
It is a hidden folder see: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... windows-10
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