GIMP 2.9.8 im­age ed­i­tor now comes with bet­ter PSD sup­port and on-can­vas gra­di­ent edit­ing

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The lat­est re­lease of the GIMP, the pop­u­lar open source im­age ed­i­tor, in­tro­duces on-can­vas gra­di­ent edit­ing and var­i­ous other en­hance­ments while fo­cus­ing on bug­fix­ing and sta­bil­ity. You can now create and delete colour stops, se­lect and shift them, as­sign colours to colour stops, change blend­ing and colour­ing for seg­ments be­tween colour stops, etc, from mid-points.

“Now, when you try to change an ex­ist­ing gra­di­ent from a sys­tem folder, the GIMP will create a copy of it, call it a ‘cus­tom gra­di­ent’ and pre­serve it across ses­sions. Un­less, of course, you edit an­other ‘sys­tem’ gra­di­ent, in which case it

will be­come the new cus­tom gra­di­ent,” said Alexan­dre Prok­ou­dine in the re­lease an­nounce­ment. He added that, “Since this fea­ture is use­ful for more than just gra­di­ents, it was made generic enough to be used for brushes and other types of re­sources in the fu­ture. We ex­pect to re­visit this in the fu­ture re­leases of GIMP.”

The re­lease an­nounce­ment also states that the PSD plug-in has been fixed to prop­erly han­dle Pho­to­shop files with deeply nested layer groups, and pre­serve the ex­panded state of groups for both im­port­ing and ex­port­ing. Ad­di­tional changes fix the mask po­si­tion and improve layer opac­ity for im­port­ing/ex­port­ing.

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