- Change image mode to RGB
- Retrieve missing toolbox
- Create hotkeys for commonly-used functionalities
- Switch to single-window mode
- Make selection transparent
- Extend a layer to make the background larger
- Add blur to selection
- Downscale images without loss in quality
Gimp version used: 2.8.16
Change image mode to RGB
If you're trying to change the Hue/Saturation (that's one way to change the colours on an image) on one of your PNG or GIF images but you keep seeing the error message
XYZ operates only on RGB color layers.
XYZ does not operate on indexed layers.
Go to Image ➔ Mode ➔ RGB.
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Retrieve missing toolbox
Window Management And then click on Reset Saved Window Positions to Default Values
Create hotkeys for commonly-used functionalities
Go to Edit ➔ Keyboard shortcuts
Switch to single-window mode
Make selection transparent
PNG image used
Make sure your image has an alpha channel
- Go to the layers menu (right-hand side of the screen), right-click on the layer and choose Add Alpha Channel
Select the area you want to make transparent and hit delete (not backspace)
Extend a layer to make the background larger
Increase Layer Boundary size (
Layer Boundary Size)
Adjust Canvas Size
- Either (
Fit Canvas to Layers) or adjust it manually via (
- Either (
Add blur to selection
Select an area using any selection tool
Downscale images without loss in quality
Make sure you set the image mode to RGB rather than Indexed, before you scale your image down.
- I've used this answer to solve my problem, but there are others too.