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fill selection with color

Aug 15, 2011, 14:21
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fill selection with color
I am trying to make circular list style bullet in Gimp.

I have created new image 10x10px with transparent background, I drawn a circle using eclipse selection tool. Problem appears in my next step, that is how to fill this selection with color I choose?

Upon clicking on bucket fill tool my circle disappears.

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Aug 15, 2011, 16:19
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RE: fill selection with color
Somehow you made the selection not visible. Use View/Show selection (or Ctrl-T) to display the selection (aka the "marching ants") when not using one of the selection tools.

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Aug 15, 2011, 16:56
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RE: fill selection with color
It is turned on, but somehow "marching ants" keep going their way in border of image. Is there some special way to apply selection?

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Aug 15, 2011, 19:22
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RE: fill selection with color
There are two types of dotted lines around the image:

- one is the marching ants (if you did "Select All" or Ctrl-A)
- the other one, that doesn't "march", is the active layer boundary (which in your case, is the whole image). You can also control its display in the View menu.

Here is my screen, after an ellipse select + switch to the bucket-fill tool. I have the marching ants around my selection, and the layer boundary around the image. The "View" dialog shows that both are displayed.

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Aug 15, 2011, 20:10 (This post was last modified: Aug 15, 2011 20:24 by rich2005.)
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RE: fill selection with color
There is an alternative to the bucket fill tool to fill the selection.

In the edit menu - "Fill with FG color" and "Fill with BG color"
the keyboard shortcuts are ctrl-, and ctrl-.

edit: 10 x 10 pix, Use the paintbrush and paint over the selection, always providing you have followed ofnuts advice on selections.

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Aug 15, 2011, 21:07
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RE: fill selection with color
Go to Select in the menu then click To Path. Now the selection is on a path and the marching ant wont disappear.
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Aug 16, 2011, 10:30
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RE: fill selection with color
It is good know.
I read somewhere that I should hold Ctrl key while using Eclipse selection tool if I am going after circle. It seems that it was misleading information.
Now I don't hold it and while I get same results selection is actually active.

Thank you guys!! Smile))
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Aug 16, 2011, 12:34 (This post was last modified: Aug 16, 2011 12:35 by ofnuts.)
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RE: fill selection with color
(Aug 16, 2011 10:30)daniel.tosaba Wrote:  It is good know.
I read somewhere that I should hold Ctrl key while using Eclipse selection tool if I am going after circle. It seems that it was misleading information.
Now I don't hold it and while I get same results selection is actually active.

Thank you guys!! Smile))
Oh.... that's different....

When you use the selection tools (this applies to all of them):
  • If you depress the Shift key before starting the click/drag, then the selection you create is added to the current selection (you have a "+" sign next to the pointer)
  • If you depress the Ctrl key before starting the click/drag, then the selection you create is substracted to the current selection (you have a "-" sign next to the pointer)(and if you have no selection, then you don't get anything, and this is what happened to you)
  • If you depress both Shift & Ctrl keys before starting the click/drag, then the selection you create is intersected with the current selection (you have an "intersect" sign next to the pointer)
The Shift/Ctrl keys can be released after the click.

In the ellipse/rectangle selection tools:
  • If you depress the Shift key after starting the click/drag, then the selection you create gets a fixed aspect ratio (which is 1:1 if there is no other selection, so you get a circle)
  • If you depress the Ctrl key after starting the click/drag, your initial click point is the center of the selection (and not its corner)

You can combine both uses: for instance, if you have a current selection, then
  • Shift Down,
  • Ctrl Down,
  • Click (now in "intersect" mode),
  • Shift Up, Ctrl Up (no longer needed now that "intersect" mode is entered),
  • Start drag,
  • Shift Down (now adding 1:1 aspect ratio),
  • Ctrl Down (adding "from center"),
  • Continue drag,
  • Release button,
  • Shift Up, Ctrl Up
will intersect your existing selection with a circle centered where you clicked Smile Yes, it takes a while to master Smile but these states/modes are also displayed in the Tool options box and on the cursor...

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Aug 19, 2011, 19:41
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RE: fill selection with color
sorry for delayed respond
thank you again
i am sure i will make use of it Smile
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