I'm brand new to this and to GIMP - a bad combination, because I can't even figure out how to get started! I tried to download the GIMP template, but just got an error. When I try to set it up manually I get stuck here as well. I'm setting it to 4500 x 5400 for image size- but then there is a section right below this that asks for "X resolution" and "Y resolution" - I have no idea what to put here. I figured this is where I can set up 300 ppi, but that's not the case, it's I set my background color to Transparency. If I try to hit OK anyway, I get an error that says "You are trying to create an image with a size of 250.8 MB". If I just click OK anyway, I get a screen where I can't type anything, or rather everything is tiny and I can't even see it. So I have no clue how to get this to work. Can anyone tell me how to set this up? I've watched tutorials on Merch by Amazon, but of course they are using PhotoShop. TIA! Freddie
File > New > Width = 4500 Height = 5400 (click on "Advanced Options" and from the dropdown menu select the following) > X Resolution: 300, Y Resolution: 300. Fill With: Transparency... Click "Ok" That works for me. Message was edited by: Ricardo Almeida
Actually, what would be pretty awesome is if Merch by Amazon used the file's DPI value(s) to determine the maximum DPI it will allow for preview images to customers. As I said in this thread:
https://forums.developer.amazon.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=9555&tstart=0 ... maximum resolution limitation for preview images is critical to preventing easy design thefts, and it's likely that Merch by Amazon currently doesn't use a file's DPI values for anything, since a fixed 300 DPI is used for shirt printing so only the pixel dimensions (which must be exactly 4500x5400) really matter. By using the file's DPI values as an upper limit on preview image DPI, there are several benefits: 1. Amazon wouldn't have to add ANY new user interface elements! Quite the time-saver. 2. Designers could specify the perfect max preview DPI for each design independently (slightly higher for complex designs, lower for simpler designs). 3. This feature will attract a TON of designers who are fed up with the lack of such critical capability on all other major POD platforms. However, adding a simple "max preview DPI" numeric field to the submission process would work great too, and might be easier and clearer for designers. The important thing is that the capability IS added, by whatever method. .
There's probably an answer out there to the rampant image thefts, but it's possible that what we think of and what's easily implemented may well be two different things. Worse yet is the fact that every time one hole in a system is plugged, the cleverly dishonest people manage to find another hole.
> There's probably an answer out there to the rampant > image thefts, but it's possible that what we think of > and what's easily implemented may well be two > different things. Agreed. I realize that resolution limitation may be simple, or difficult, depending how the Merch by Amazon platform, and possibly the larger Amazon platform, is designed. Let's hope it's simple! I've seen shirts on Amazon that ARE definitely and nicely resolution-limited, so maybe it's simple. > Worse yet is the fact that every > time one hole in a system is plugged, the cleverly > dishonest people manage to find another hole. Oh, absolutely. But in this case, it shouldn't be too hard to "plug all the holes" because there are probably a limited number of ways, all well-documented inside Amazon, by which people can pull up design images, so all they'd have to do is resolution-limit those, and there shouldn't be any more "holes" to find. But I don't work there, so I can't speak to their platform design. Anyway, I guess we'll wait and see. Also we probably shouldn't be hijacking the GIMP thread. My bad! I'll go back to this topic's own thread from here on out. :) .
Hi, I am new to GIMP and Merch Amazon too. I downloaded Gimp onto my laptop- windows 10 - and the gimp software shows up - no errors. I go to Merch to download their gimp template, I extract the files, click on the merch template and a word doc appears asking me to select the encoding that makes my doc readable and of course none of the three choices make it readable. This is what is in the word doc file: gimp xcf file ” C– C– G gimp-comment Created with GIMP gimp-image-grid (style solid) (fgcolor (color-rgba 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000 1.000000)) (bgcolor (color-rgba 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000 1.000000)) (xspacing 10.000000) (yspacing 10.000000) (spacing-unit inches) (xoffset 0.000000) (yoffset 0.000000) (offset-unit inches) ® ” Sample image ÿ and the file name is T-shirt_template-merch_by_AMZN XCF file Any suggestions are are much appreciated. Thank you in advance :)
Hi Sue, Welcome to dev forums and thanks for posting! Most likely your word processing software is handling the .xcf file extension by default, therefore when you double click the 'T-shirt_template-Merch_by_AMZN .xcf' -- it opens in your word processor, instead of GIMP. The solution to that would be to launch GIMP first, then in GIMP go to File / Open... and then browse to the template .xcf file and open it that way. I hope that solves your issue, but please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks! Merch by Amazon t-shirt templates:
Hi Levon , Thank you for your reply. So I opened gimp and clicked on File and then open and screen populated the gimp file. I clicked on open and received this error message: Opening 'C:\UsersDownloads\T-shirt_template-GIMP-Merch_by_AMZN\__MACOSX\T-shirt_template-GIMP-Merch_by_AMZN\._T-shirt_template-Merch_by_AMZN .xcf' failed: GIMP XCF image plug-In could not open image Can you suggest anything else I might try? Thanks so much for help :)