7.50. Layer Boundary Size

In GIMP, a layer is not always the same size as the others. This command changes the dimensions of a layer, but it does not scale its contents.

7.50.1. Activating the Command

You can access this command from the image menubar through LayerLayer Boundary Size.

7.50.2. Description of the Layer Boundary Size dialog

Figuur 16.131. The Layer Boundary Size Dialog

The Layer Boundary Size Dialog

Layer Size
Width; Height

When the dialog is displayed, the original dimensions of the active layer are shown. You can change them by using the two text boxes. If these boxes are linked together with a chain, the width-to-height ratio is automatically maintained. If you break the chain by clicking on it, you can set the dimensions independently of each other.

The default unit of measurement is pixels. You can change this by using the drop-down menu. For instance, you might use a % of the current size.

X Offset; Y Offset

These coordinates are relative to the layer, not to the image. They are used to move a frame that determines which part of the layer content will be selected for the resized layer. In our example, the layer and the content have the same dimensions, and, of course, you have no frame to move. If you reduce Width and Height , the frame of the resized layer appears in the preview.

Below the coordinates, a preview represents the layer with the frame of the resized layer. You can move this frame using the X and Y offsets and also dragging the cross-shaped moving pointer that appears when the mouse pointer overflies the layer area.

The Center button

This button allows you to place the frame at the center of the layer.

7.50.3. Resizing Layer

Resizing a layer larger

You can't resize a layer to bigger dimensions than that of the image.

If the layer is smaller than the image, you can enlarge Width and/or Height . There is no good reason to do that, except if you want to enlarge the layer to the size of the image; but, in that case, it's better to use Layer to Image Size.

Resizing a layer smaller

You can resize the layer to a smaller dimension to eliminate unwanted parts.

Figuur 16.132. Example

Example

Original image with 2 layers

Example

The two layers


Figuur 16.133. Example

Example

The selected layer for resizing

Example

The frame representing the new layer size. It has been placed at the center of the layer using the Center button.


Figuur 16.134. Result

Result

If the image has only one layer, it's better to use the Crop tool.