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GSOC 2023: Auto-growing layers primary implementation


During GSOC period

Following things have been done during the GSOC period

  • When using paintbrush, pencil, airbrush, clone, heal, smudge, blur/sharpen, ink or MyPaint brush tool the layer will expand as the brush touches boundaries in order to accommodate the brush stroke.
  • When using undo on these strokes, layer size will be restored to original size.
  • The layer size will also be restored if the user cancels the stroke.
  • Added option in tool options of all the relevant tools that dictate behaviour of expansion. These options are a checkbox that can be used to enable/disable this and a scale that will decide by what amount the layer should be expanded, and what should the newly expanded region be filled with (Transparency, Background color, pattern, etc.)
  • Added a checkbox in Preferences that decides weather these options should be shared between different tools that support them.
  • If the show all is turned off, layer will not expand beyond image borders.
  • If "Lock position and size" for layer is active, the layer will not expand. The lock will be blinked instead.
  • If layer has a mask attached, it will expand with the layer. Tool options will have option for what the mask should be filled with.

Post-GSOC work

Things to implement and Known bugs

  • When painting with MyPaint brush tool, the value of brush radius for layer expansion is approximated to a constant value of 100px. We can improve this by making better approximation (or getting actual radius).
  • Multi-layer editing (clone and heal tools) is currently broken and need to be fixed.
  • Making pattern filling content aware (#997)
  • GIMP sometimes crashes when painting with "Expand layers" enabled. discussion
  • Preview does not update properly when a paint stroke is canceled.
  • Option to lock expand amount to view, similar to brush size option.
  • Adding expand layer option to the "Stroke selection" and "Fill selection" and option to disable it.
Edited by Shubham Daule

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