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So I just got my hands on a sexy Wacom tablet. I've been toying around with it in Gimp, but so far it's leaving a lot to be desired. I think this is due to the way the settings are set up. My computer reconizes it fine, but there's a lot of things I don't understand about the default settings and general behavior and haven't had much luck finding information.

Here are some of the things I have questions about. If anyone has any answers, I'd greatly appreciate it.

1. What's the difference between "Window" and "Screen" Mode? Why is "Screen" the recommended one? (I've seen a number of (outdated) basics of setting it up, and they all say "Use Screen mode," but none explain why, other than a vague "Screen generally works better." What makes Screen better?)

2. Gimp always switches to "Airbrush", "Pressure-based Opacity", and black foreground color when I switch between my (non-Wacom) mouse and the tablet. Why is it doing this, and how can I change it? I'd prefer Paintbrush and Pressure-based Size as default.

3. Is there any (good, recent) documentation about settings that work well for artists that use drawing tablets?
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...has no grounding in reality, methinks. Especially when 2.8 is involved.

I just finished my latest coloring project (I like to color people's drawings). It was started in Gimp 2.6, but the vast majority of the work has taken place in 2.8.

I have to say, I absolutely love 2.8. I've been using Gimp pretty much exclusively for about four years now, and this update has been a long time coming. As much as I'd been looking forward to the layer folders/groups (I'm a web developer and often work with designers who prefer to just shove layers into folders instead of worrying about such banal things as using logical names or merging layers that could be merged), I'm surprised to find just how much more of a joy it is to use the single window mode.

On a dual monitor system, I used to just have the toolboxes on one and allow the image window to take over the other, but the biggest issue I had was that the windows' focus were independent from one another, so if Firefox was covering the toolboxes, clicking on the image wouldn't bring it forward. Single window mode, of course, fixes that, and since my monitors are wide-screen, I haven't really had a real-estate issue.

So yeah, The Gimp is definitely coming into its own, and it's definitely worth upgrading to it if you haven't already.
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GIMP Magazine – Issue 1 has just been released; it is available as a free PDF download from the website. The site includes a resources page.
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Found in this article on Libre Graphics: Gimp devs have been working to provide a native Mac version of Gimp 2.8.

Scratch that - they HAVE a Mac version, that does not require X11. Gimp/Downloads
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Anyone else play with Gimp 2.8? I grabbed it yesterday and, for the half hour I used it to make a very basic image, I'm absolutely loving it! If I get some time, I might write up a full review, but...

Layer folders!

And single window mode (and, even better, the option to switch between single and multi window mode)!

Seriously, if you use Gimp with any regularity, check it out if you haven't already.