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MyPaint BG - Size Template by Songwind MyPaint BG - Size Template by Songwind
One of my minor quibbles with MyPaint is canvas size. There's no good way to see the current size of either your view window or your total canvas. This can make it difficult to insure that your painting is big enough to print, or small enough to meet some other restriction.

That's why I created this background tile. It supplies landscape and portrait sized outlines for 5x7", 8x10", and 11x14" images, assuming a 300dpi print.

Because of its large size, it takes MyPaint a long time to load it when you switch to it. Because of this, I suggest setting the background, blocking in your image dimensions, and then switching your background to a different tile or a color for performance considerations.

To Use:
1. Click the download link for the actual image. The preview image does not conform to the 64x64 pixel requirement of MyPaint, and would therefore be unusable. It is also only 900px wide. :)

2. Save to your "backgrounds" folder. ~/.mypaint/backgrounds in Linux, or <MyPaint Install Directory>\backgrounds in Windows.

3. Open the Layers->Background dialog and select this background.

Lots of thanks to :iconedgedrifter: and his tutorial
He figured out the details like the 64x64 requirement and kept my job simple.

Created in GIMP

Edit to Add: Jonnor from the #MyPaint chatroom on FreeNet IRC pointed out that one could just load this template (or others like it) into a layer instead.

Edit 9/18/2011: You can also check out my template pack with handy marking for rules of thirds:
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:iconianyam:
ianyam Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student
Starting my studies here in this digital and free world. Thanks for these guides!
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MartinCi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I thank you for this c;
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome. :)
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:iconweijunsyu:
weijunsyu Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I freaking love you.
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have effects on others that themselves don't understand.
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uneflaneuse Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very, very useful and you're totally right, I think this is the only major problem with myPaint. Thank you for this! :tighthug:
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:iconn-cubed:
N-cubed Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just getting started in MyPaint (and so far it's a joy!). I'm sure I'll find this very useful, thanks for sharing!
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you find it useful. Good luck!
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:iconslykm:
SLYKM Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This can be useful for programs other than MyPaint too...(I get too lazy, lol...) XD Thanks
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I made it with MyPaint in mind just because at the time there was no way to set or even check your canvas size. :)
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:iconslykm:
SLYKM Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np XD
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marine-ala Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
This was very much needed. Thank you! :)
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!

The new version of the program does allow you to set a 'frame' at a given size, so it's not quite as important anymore.
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spiritanointed Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you kindly! :w00t:
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Ncmprhnsbl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Digital Artist
downloaded twice... ... :slow: dun went an saved over it didnt i..thanks for making... for us lazys..
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to be of service. :)
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:iconmrcentipede:
mrcentipede Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is incredibly useful, thank you so much!
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful.

You can also check out some alternate templates I created. [link]
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:iconmrcentipede:
mrcentipede Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I will do that.
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:iconandowa:
andowa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   General Artist
glad, I found it again XD
it's always a bad surprise when you just start painting in MyPaint as it is and then when you want to zoom in all you get is pixel *sigh* with this at least I have some control over the messurements :)
thanks for sharing!
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I have the exact same issues. :)

I also made a different set of templates, one for each size that I use regularly: [link]
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:iconandowa:
andowa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011   General Artist
:D thanks for the link. I'll put it to good use ;P
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Very nice!!! Thanks for this!

What I usually do is create pic in Gimp and frame it, then export as a .ora file at 300 dpi. It works too.

But, this is great to help you when you're not sure what size pic you want the finished work to be.
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I've done it your way as well.

It's also a useful tool if you just want to pop open MyPaint and doodle. I have run into several situations where I ended up with an image that was really too small when a doodle turned into an actual attempt to make art.
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Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
I've wound up at the other extreme and had my doodle become so large that the program crashed.
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MoustafaChamli Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the guides! They are much appreciated. :)
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:iconsongwind:
Songwind Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. I'm glad it's going to be useful.
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