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In this video tutorial, I will show you how to use the GIMP free select tool to make multiple selections on an image.
The free select tool is good for when you want to create a more precise selection in an image using GIMP.
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The Free Selection tool, or Lasso, lets you create a selection by drawing it with the pointer.
Since GIMP-2.6, you can use it in two ways. First, create the starting point clicking on your image. Then,
Maintaining the mouse button pressed (i.e click-and-drag), drag to draw a freehand selection. When endpoint comes superimposed on the starting point, release the mouse button to close the selection.
If you click on the endpoint, it turns accompanied by a moving cross. Then, dragging enlarges the shape.
Or release the mouse button and drag to draw a polygonal selection. When endpoint comes superimposed on the starting point, click to close the selection.
Press the Ctrl keyboard key and click on the endpoint: moving the mouse pointer forces moving angles to 15°; so, you can draw horizontal or vertical lines easily.
In both cases, double-clicking on the endpoint closes the selection with a straight line.
In polygonal mode, this selection is a preliminary selection; ants are marching, but the small yellow circle is still present: you can copy the selection and, pressing the Backspace key, you return to the previous selection step (re-open the shape), and you can edit the selection.
Press Enter or double click inside the shape to validate the selection.
Pressing and releasing the mouse pointer allows you to mix freehand segments and polygonal segments. You can go outside the edge of the image display and come back in if you want to.
The Lasso is often a good tool to use for “roughing in” a selection; it is not so good for precise definition. Experienced users find that it is often convenient to begin with the lasso tool, but then switch to quick mask mode for detail work.
For information on selections and how they are used in GIMP see Selections. For information on features common to all selection, tools see Selection Tools.
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