GIMP Brush Spacing

Moritz Haag
Last updated April 1, 2022
Gimp Brush Spacing

This article is part of a how-to GIMP guide series that shows readers how to use certain functions or tools on the GIMP app. In today’s article, you will discover how to access GIMP brush spacing and other tools within the brush dialogue.

The Brushes Dialogue

Before highlighting how to space the brush on gimp, let’s quickly go over what the Brushes dialogue is.

The Brushes Dialogue

This section of GIMP is used to pick a brush for use with painting tools. The Brushes dialogue provides you with access to various functions, all of which can be used to manipulate the brushes.

A brush can be selected by simply clicking on any brush icon on the list. The brush will be shown on the Gradient/ Pattern/ Brush section of the toolbox. There are 56 brush preset options in GIMP to choose from, each having a ratio, angle, and brush size.

Every brush is customizable. Custom brushes can even be created by saving images in the unique brush file format or using the Brush Editor and brush settings.

How to Activate the Brushes Dialog

The Brushes dialog can be accessed from the following locations:

From the Toolbox

This can be done by selecting the brush symbol located in the Gradient/ Pattern/ Brush section.

From the Toolbox

From the Image Menu

Click the Windows tab, select Dockable Dialogs, and click the Brushes option in the submenu.

From the Image Menu

From the Tab Menu

This method lets you select any dockable dialogue by clicking the options icon and choosing Add Tab, and then Brushes.

From the Tab Menu

Gimp Brush Spacing: How to Access it

Gimp Brush Spacing Access

The first way you can access Gimp Brush Spacing is from the Brush Editor. The Brush Editor enables users to check the parameters of a specific brush preset. You should note that these parameters cannot be changed.

However, you can create a bespoke brush by selecting the New Brush button. The New Brush button activates the brush editor, where you can pick a geometrical shape, diamond, circle, or square. The editor comes with various elements:

  • The title bar, which lets you name your brush
  • The dialogue bar has a small triangle icon. The small triangle has a menu that lets you pick certain aspects of the Brush Editor
  • The preview area lets you make brush changes in real-time

With the settings tab, you can select shapes such as a diamond, square, and circle. With those shapes, you can make modifications using the following settings:


This parameter can be used only for the diamond and square shapes. With the diamond, you can create a star. You can create a polygon if you choose a square shape.


This parameter refers to the distance between the brush edge and the center, particularly the width direction. For example, a square that has a radius of 10 pixels will have a 20-pixel side.


The hardness parameter controls the feathering on the border of the brush.

Aspect Ratio

The aspect ratio parameter controls the brush height to width ratio. For example, a diamond with a 5-pixel radius and an aspect ratio of 2 will become flattened with a 5 pixels height and a width of 10 pixels, which equals 1.0 to 20.0.


When a brush draws a line, the brush icon is repeatedly stamped. When the brush stamps are extremely close, it creates an impression that a solid line is being created. This provides a Spacing of 1, which is 1.00 to 200.0.


This parameter has to do with the angle between the typical horizontal width direction of the brush and the counter-clockwise horizontal direction. When the value is increased, the width of the brush turns counter-clockwise (0° to 180°).

How to Access Brush Spacing in GIMP

As stated earlier, there are various ways to access GIMP Brush Spacing. Remember, you can only alter the brush spacing of customized brushes. The default brushes cannot be altered.

To change the GIMP brush spacing:

  • Create a new brush
  • Go to the Shape menu, locate the Spacing parameter, and alter it
Brush Spacing in GIMP

The second way to alter the brush spacing is from the side menu. Here you can select the brush icon and then make your way down to the spacing parameter. These settings are an effective way to get more detailed control of your brush spacing.

brush spacing from the side menu


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