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Grokking The Gimp
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2.6.2 Resizing and Scaling

As was seen in Figures  2.2 and 2.10(a), the layers in an image need not all be the same size. Furthermore, changing a layer's dimensions can be quite useful. In the parlance of the GIMP, a layer can be resized, which means that its boundaries are shrunk or enlarged without changing the dimensions of the image's contents. Alternatively, a layer can be scaled, which means that the dimensions of the layer are changed and the image contents are stretched or squeezed to exactly fit within the new layer boundaries. Six functions in the GIMP resize or scale layers and images:

  • Layer Boundary Size, found in the Layers menu
  • Scale Layer, found in the Layers menu
  • Canvas Size, found in the Image:Image menu
  • Scale Image, found in the Image:Image menu
  • The Crop tool from the Toolbox
  • The Transform tool from the Toolbox
Each of these are discussed and compared in the following sections.

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