GIMP introduces basic out-of-canvas editing!
With GIMP 2.10.14 there will be the possibility to view and (basically) edit pixels outside of the canvas.
In the current version GIMP 2.10.14 there is an option in View → Show all to display the content of pixels that are outside of the canvas. Previously people had a hard time when it came to getting the contents of the non-visible out-of-canvas area. Additionally the dev team introduced some updates for GIMP tools so that this feature becomes more useful. You can now do the following outside the canvas:
- Color and patch picking
- Transform and crop layers
- Bucket fill
- Heal/Clone with a source outside the canvas
- other filters have been updated so that they can generate pixels out-of-canvas like the drop shadow filter.
This feature is a work-in-progress and more functionality like selection tools should come in the new versions. The final goal is to get a fully “boundless canvas”.
Other news in 2.10.14:
- New filters: Normal Map, Bayer Matrix, Newsprint, Mean Curvature Blur
- GIMP filters got replaced by GEGL pendants: Neon, Strech Contrast, Oilify
- HEIF, TIFF, and PDF support improvements
- Better loading of corrupt xcf files
- GIMP is now compatible with macOS Catalina
Last but not least there is now a gitlab ci job always building the current master branch of GIMP for Windows. This should not! be used for production since there can be serious errors or incompatibilities with other versions. But just in case you want to give the most recent version a try… :-)