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GIMP 2.10.8 has been released!

By at 2018-11-11 12:17:34 UTC, last updated over 5 years ago. CC BY-NC License

GIMP is now being developed continuously and with faster release cycles it also gets more updates and also sometimes new functionality even in the stable branches.

These are the important changes in GIMP 2.10.8:

  • The performance of the rendering of the projection has been improved using adaptive chunk sizes instead of using fixed sized previously
  • Text tool changes: text along path now works vertically; the position by dragging the text layer using the text tool now preserves the size instead of changing it to a fixed size. And others.
  • the Save dialog has been improved regarding usability. For example you can now see minumum version for the XCF file.
  • Under Windows GIMP will now look up / detect the registry for a RAWTherapee key which helps to open RAW files correctly.

The complete list of changes can be found either in the NEWS file or in a written form on the official website.

Soon in GIMP:

  • Smart painting will be introduced in GIMP hopefully with the next release. It makes it possible to colorize a line drawing by painting little parts of the image step by step. Really cool!

You can find the latest version for GIMP 2.10.8 already in our Download-section.


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BradS member for about 5 years BradS 1 comment
almost 5 years ago

Christine Gardner. I'm new to GIMP but I simply drag my first image into the window and then drag the second. They will open in separate layers. Use the Opacity slider above the layers or go to the Layers Menu and opacity. Make sure you choose your desired layer. Good luck.

Christine Gardner
almost 5 years ago

Can someone please tell me how to create a semi-transparent image to go over another image? I realise I may need to download a new version of GIMP but I'd rather not, if the older one can do this. I find it excellent for everything else but I used to use Pixlr for that part and they seem to have disappeared.

HobbyArtist member for over 5 years HobbyArtist 1 comment rated this topic with 4/5
over 5 years ago

Hey, I've noticed across the web that people using drawing tablets, particularly Huion tablets, are having a lot of issues getting Gimp to work properly with it, even after making sure that all drivers are up to date.

I found my fix by going into the database of releases, and downloading 2.10.6. The crashes still happen, but they have a rhyme and reason to them; the more busy your system with background applications/other, the more likely it is to crash. If you set a button to press to save, you don't have to worry about losing work at the drop of a hat.

Lillendandie member for over 5 years Lillendandie 1 comment
over 5 years ago

Thank you for fixing the text tool.

over 5 years ago

Downloaded it 2 days ago - just produced my first print, using it in conjunction with my other post processing software. Very pleased with the result.
I was trying to follow this article -
- but clearly there have been so many changes in GIMP since that article was published that it has little application or relevance any more.
Perhaps we need to work up a new library of articles of a similar calibre, so users can make full use of GIMP.