I have Windows 8.1, and the 2.8.22 version of GIMP. I am currently trying to customize a chart for my paint colors. Sometimes GIMP works fine but much of the time when I select an area it won't allow me to do anything - not delete, not copy, not type into the selection. I need to know what I have to do to get GIMP to work all of the time. Please reply in simple terms, I'm a senior and tech talk isn't very easy for me to understand. Thank you,] Bernadine
Gimp lets you alter pixels that are, at the same time:
- within the selection
- within the boundaries of the current active layer/channel
- not protected by the Color or Alpha locks
For each condition:
- a minute selection can be overlooked. You can check if you have any selection by open the
Selectdrop-down menu, if
Select>Noneis not grayed, you have a selection somewhere.
- the layer boundaries are shown with a dotted line (
View>Show layer boundaries). If you need more space, you can use
Layer>Layer to image sizeto extend the layer to completely cover the canvas. Also, make sure that you have a layer selected (blue highlight). Some operations select a channel and your alteration would apply to that instead.
- The Color/Alpha locks are the two icons in the
Lockline at the top of the Layers list.
In addition, many things are disabled when you have a "floating selection" (or only apply to it), and even more things are disabled in color-indexed images (as indicated by your title bar, typically when you are editing a GIF).
Two check lists: