GIMP 2019 Preview + GIMP 2018 Recap

GIMP 2019 Preview + GIMP 2018 Recap


Hello and welcome to yet another
tutorial by Davies Media Design my name is Michael Davies and today you guys are
joining me in a new studio here – this is a new recording location that we’re
gonna be using. And right now I just have some makeshift lighting setup right now
so I apologize for that. I also have this kind of makeshift set
set up here and I’m gonna be adding to this as the tutorials go on so excuse
the makeshift setup here for today. For this tutorial I’ll be giving a brief
recap of Davies Media Design and GIMP for 2018 as well as what is to come for
GIMP in 2019 and there are a lot of exciting new things coming so let’s go
ahead and dive in here. Of course before I get started I want to
direct you guys over to my website at DaviesMediaDesign.com. As always we
have tons of GIMP video and text tutorials on here so definitely check
that out. You can also enroll in my GIMP 2.10 Photo Editing Course: From Beginner
to Pro Photo Retoucher on Udemy, and you can support our channel and help us
grow by becoming a Patron on Patreon and I’ll include a link to this as well as
all the relevant links from this tutorial in the description of the video.
So I’ll start with a quick recap of Davies Media Design for 2018; it was a
big year for us. We uploaded over 100 video tutorials on GIMP and this
is actually the most tutorials I’ve ever uploaded in a year for my channel, or for
anything really, so thank you guys for supporting the channel and watching
those tutorials. We hit a few major milestones throughout the year so we hit
15, 20, and 25,000 subscribers. Super excited about that. And we also hit over
2 million views for the year and we almost reached 2.5 million
views – we did that shortly after the new year – so thank you guys again for
supporting us for watching the tutorials and for subscribing to the channel. And
the last thing I’ll mention real quick is that we did publish our first ever
Udemy course and that was what I mentioned in the beginning of this
tutorial, and that is our GIMP 2.10 Photo Editing Course from Beginner to Pro
Photo Retoucher on Udemy. And I just want to thank everybody who enrolled in that
course. We did get over a thousand enrollees this year or the past year so
thank you to everybody who has supported our course. But Davies Media Design
wasn’t the only one who had a huge year – GIMP of course released its first major update in over six years with GIMP 2.10
and it of course followed that with GIMP 2.10.2 through GIMP 2.10.8. So these new releases came with things
like new filters and new tools. So we had the unified transform tool introduced in
GIMP 2.10. It also came with some performance improvements a lot of stuff
was migrated over to GEGL, and GEGL of course I have a whole tutorial on
what GEGL is, but that allowed us to do things like live preview filters and
just be able to apply filters a lot more quickly and they also made some general
performance improvements to the back end to the coding side which is some stuff
that we don’t usually see as, you know, normal users – everyday users – but of
course we do appreciate that backend coding that a lot of those developers do.
And there were updates made to existing tools such as the measure tool which got
the straighten feature, which allows you to straighten crooked images, and of
course the vertical text feature was introduced in 2018 for the text tool and
this just allows you to type text vertically which is obviously really
useful for languages that write vertically as opposed to horizontally. So
those are just a few of the many new features that were added to GIMP
throughout the year. I do have a few tutorials that go into a lot more detail
as to what exactly was added in each new version of GIMP. So I have the Top 10
New Features Found in GIMP 2.10 video and that is in regards to the major
update that went out earlier this year and then I have the what’s new series. So
I have What’s New in GIMP 2.10.2 and I have that all the
way through GIMP 2.10.8; and those go over the
features found in each individual release, so definitely check out those
tutorials if you haven’t already and you can get some more information on those
new features. All right so all that being said let’s dive into what is coming up
in GIMP for 2019. So there is obviously a lot of exciting new features coming to
GIMP, at least just the ones that they have announced. So GIMP has said that it
plans to release GIMP 3.0 probably sometime in 2019 – I’m not gonna get my
hopes up about that, but I do think that that is their intention. But with the
release of GIMP 3.0 is going to come an upgrade in the graphical user interface
from GTK2 to GTK3. GTK stands for GIMP Tool Kit. It is a language basically
that GIMP is built around – it was created for GIMP by one of the founders of GIMP,
Spencer Kimball, as well as I think some other people that helped him out with it
and even though this framework is named after GIMP there are actually other
programs that use it and as far as I’ve read there are actually programs that are ahead of gimp in the form of GTK that it
uses. So like I said GIMP is currently on GTK2. I’ve heard that there are programs
that are already built on GTK3 and I think there might even be some built on
GTK4. But anyway GIMP does plan on upgrading to GTK3. So I’m not going to
get too much into the technical side of all of this but essentially what the
GIMP team is hoping to accomplish with these upgrades is they want to make a
leaner codebase and all you need to know about that is that they are going to
clean up and modernize the backend of GIMP. This will of course open GIMP up to
newer and more advanced features such as non-destructive editing in the form of
things like adjustment layers, and that is something that a lot of GIMP users,
including myself, are asking for and I think it’s also going to open up GIMP to
the possibility of many other advanced and modern features to rival premium
programs such as Photoshop. So this is why I am highly anticipating the release
of GIMP 3.0. So backing up a bit before the GIMP team releases GIMP 3.0 they are
going to release another update which is going to be GIMP 2.10.10. And there
will be some new features added to this version including smart colorization.
This is a feature I’ve been talking about for a few tutorials now, but
essentially what it allows you to do is use the bucket fill tool to fill in
sketched in areas. So let’s say you draw a cloud or something using the ink tool
and you didn’t fully enclose you know the borders of the cloud or whatever, the
smart colorization feature is going to recognize that you tried to sketch an
enclosed shape but maybe missed a few small spots and it’s just going to fill
in the area within the closed shape. So it’s just basically making it easier for
you to fill in sketched out shapes. So the next feature I want to talk about is
actually the one I am most excited for in 2019 and that is Extension Management.
So Extension Management allows you to search, install, uninstall, and update
extensions directly within GIMP. For those of you who have watched my
tutorials where you have to download a script or a brush or a font or anything
like that, you know what the process is like when you want to, you know, add some
new functionality or feature to GIMP. Right now you have to go onto somebody’s
site – it can be a third-party site you’ve never heard of, maybe you don’t trust it entirely, you download a script or a font or whatever
it is, and then you have to manually upload that to GIMP. Well with the GIMP
extension management this is going to allow you to do all this stuff
supposedly directly within GIMP. So now instead you just open up your extension
management window, and it’s going to have, based on the pictures, a pretty clean
and easy to use interface. And then you’re going to just add your extensions
directly from there. So they’ll basically have like a database of all the
extensions that have been uploaded by other GIMP users and so then you can
just select your, you know, extension or script or whatever it is directly from
this extension management window and then once you add it to your GIMP you’re
just going to basically toggle that extension on to turn it on, or, you know,
as far as I know, if it’s a brush you just toggle the brush on and then all of
a sudden it’s going to show up in GIMP. So it’s basically going to make the
process for adding third-party extensions to your GIMP a lot easier and
a lot safer. The next new edition coming again for 2019 is performance
improvements and so there’s already been some performance improvements made to
GIMP throughout 2018. They mentioned lazy loading fonts as one of the things on
here and that was something that they released I believe with GIMP 2.10.8. And what that feature does is it just loads your fonts in the background
after you’ve opened GIMP up. That way you don’t have to sit there and wait for all
your new fonts to upload onto GIMP every time you open GIMP. So it just
speeds up the process for, you know, allowing GIMP to open up on your
computer, and I actually ran a test on my Patreon page which you could check out
and it shows that GIMP actually now loads faster than Photoshop, and I think
this is partially thanks to features such as this one – the lazy loading of
fonts. One of the improvements that they mentioned specifically in their press
release is an improvement to bicubic and bilinear downscaling. So I think what that is referring to – I’m going to come over here and go to Image>
Scale Image, and over here under “Quality” you have “Interpolation.” And right
now if you click on this drop-down arrow you’ve got a few options here – one is
linear and one is cubic. So I think they are either going to expand the
interpolation options found here in the Scale tool, or they are going to just
improve the existing options in here for when you’re downscaling images. So I
have been getting comments about, you know, how do I keep my image from
losing quality when I’m scaling it down. The GIMP team is working on this so
hopefully downscaling will receive a bit of an update in future versions for 2019.
So the next new feature coming to GIMP in 2019 is just some more bug fixes and
this is just become a standard with GIMP you know every time they release an
update they usually have bug fixes in there – very common, of course, with
software updates. And this is just going to make it a little bit more reliable, a
little bit more consistent, and it’s just going to take out some of those glitches
that happen sometimes when you’re working in GIMP. They didn’t get into too
much detail about the bug fixes they’re working on and I think the reason for
that is that because there’s always you know a few hundred maybe even a thousand
bug fixes that they’re working on at any given time so they don’t typically go
into too much detail about those bug fixes. So the next new feature coming
to GIMP in 2019 is an interesting one – and it is something that the GIMP team has
dubbed “Space Invasion,” and it’s kind of a weird name but basically what they are
doing is they are allowing GIMP to recognize outside RGB color spaces. So
let’s say you have an RGB color image that you bring into GIMP, but it’s not in
GIMP’s native sRGB color space. So usually when you import an image into
GIMP it’s going to ask if you want to convert to GIMP’s native sRGB color
space – you just go ahead and hit “convert,” and that will convert your image to that
default color profile. Well what the “Space Invasion” feature is hoping to
accomplish is allowing you to then convert your final image back into the
color profile that you brought it into GIMP as. So you start with one color
profile, you convert it to GIMP’s native color profile and then you export it
back into the color profile that you started with. And sticking with color
profiles, the GIMP team is still working on CMYK functionality. This is something
they’ve been working on for quite some time now. They have made some significant progress from what I’ve read. And I know a lot of you have been asking me about
CMYK functionality in GIMP. It can’t quite do it right now but it will in the
near future apparently in 2019 it will be able to
work with CMYK images and then export those images to CMYK, and that way you
guys can, you know, sort of work interchangeably with GIMP and Photoshop
or work with, you know, printers or clients who are giving you Photoshop
files or asking you to send them files that they are then
going to open up into Photoshop. And the last new feature I’ll mention coming
to GIMP in 2019 is one that is being contributed by the ZeMarmot project. For
those of you who don’t know, the ZeMarmot project is an open source animated film
that they’ve been working on over the past few years. It’s animated entirely
using open source software. The cool thing about this project is that a lot
of new GIMP features have come out of it. The latest features to come out of this
project are some animation features that are going to be built into GIMP for 2019.
Some of you have been using GIMP long enough to remember that the GIMP
Animation Package used to be offered on the GIMP Plug-in Registry site. That is
still floating around on the internet – it’s kind of hard to find a reliable
source to download that animation package into GIMP, and it’s also not
been updated for GIMP 2.10. So the ZeMarmot project is going to be coming up
with some animation features that will be built directly into GIMP and I’m
really hoping that this is going to allow GIMP users to create things like
cinemagraphs, which have become really popular with Photoshop users over the
past year, as well as just making animated GIFs a little bit easier to
create and to have a little bit more features with, you know, just whatever
animation you want to do within GIMP. Alright, so all that being said, the GIMP
team is going to release the next update GIMP 2.10.10 either by
the end of this month in January or sometime in February after that the GIMP
team plans on working on the Space Invasion project, and at the conclusion
of that project they are going to release GIMP 2.99.2 – that is going to be an unstable development version. And they’re gonna work off of that development version in order to get to GIMP 3.0, and then hopefully
that will be released sometime in 2019. Alright so that’s it for my tutorial
hopefully you guys enjoyed it – if you did, please subscribe to my youtube channel
at YouTube.com/DaviesMediaDesign. You can visit our website at DaviesMediaDesign.com. You can enroll in our GIMP Photo Editing Course: From Beginner
to Pro Photo Retoucher on Udemy, and you can support our channel and help us
grow by becoming a Patron on Patreon, and I’ll include a link to that as well as
all the relevant links from this tutorial in the description of the video.
So thanks for watching, and we’ll see you next time.

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22 Replies to “GIMP 2019 Preview + GIMP 2018 Recap”

  1. Great!
    I would like to have the upscaling improved. Perhaps introducing the Fractal Algorithm (like the one on ON1) … if no patent issues are popping up
    And the CMYK really it's needed

  2. The whole Gnome desktop for linux is built using GTK 3 — which has hundreds, if not over a thousand of application written for it.

  3. do you think these back-end features will include streamlining custom settings. Like to output to a file that you can swap for multi-user profiling.

  4. After updating to 2.10.8 I noticed a new bug. When opening a SVG file GIMP doesn’t recognize the default aspect ratio (height v. Width). Its very annoying. Any chance it’s just me doing something wrong? It used to work fine. Thanks again for the video.

  5. It would be a good idea if you can upload a turorial on skin color correction to match all the skin tones with GIMP, since at a professional level, this is a very important step for the editing. Thank you very much and greetings from South America

  6. Thank you so much! Moving to FOSS and glad to run into your videos. Just a minor visual note about the video — I don't mind the plant and glass of water, but anytime there's a minor shake, the plant and water in the glass show the bump/force. Once it caught my eye, it was a little distracting, but again, loved the content and delivery.

  7. Hi Michael, couldn't resist, but I'd like to make a comment about the interior, maybe two. The flower upfront steals the focus from you. I would keep only Nikon camera, because with two different brands and a huge lens it looks like someone just left it there, not like someone is in photography. The desk lamp, – if it's on the top of the books, my mind keeps asking how one supposed to read those books?.. and the light in general. Not criticizing (well, criticizing but want to sound it as a constructive criticism), it's just my observation, since you mentioned it at the beginning of the video. Thank you for your videos and all your work, really appreciate what you're doing!

  8. I am wanting to design some designer paper for crafting. Problem is how do I make it a pdf that fits an 8 1/2 X11 when printed? I am having a major difficult time. I was told save as Jpeg then go to word then save as pdf but when I fit it to full page it stretches the designer paper and looks awful! I have been trying to learn this forever! HELP please! Thanks!!!

  9. I'm interested in GIMP / Raw Therapee editing techniques for wildlife photography, especially birds.

    I use GIMP on Windows 10.

    Also, adjustment layers would be amazing.

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