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'magic lasso' tool?

Apr 3, 2014, 21:40
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'magic lasso' tool?
(Using Gimpshop 2.8.2 Mac)

Does Gimp have any kind of 'magic lasso' selection option, where a freeform lasso selection collapses around a dark object or light object to select it? Gimp's lasso tool only seems to create a freeform selection. Is there any way to refine the selection according to value, like light or dark? Thanks!
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Apr 3, 2014, 22:12
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RE: 'magic lasso' tool?
You can combine selections... in your case, a lasso selection, intersected(*) with a "dark" selection (**).

(*) Ctrl-shift-click, or select the "Mode" in the Tool options.
(**) Color selector, and "Select by > Value" in the Tool options.

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Apr 4, 2014, 02:02
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RE: 'magic lasso' tool?
Foregroundselect Foreground select also does a pretty good job of smartly selecting an object.

You can refine the selection (not sure the button to push to erase from the selection, it should be command) until you push enter to finalize the selection.

1. Roughly outline-click the object you want to extract/make a selection around. Click all the way around until it completes & you get a color overlay

2. Paint/mark the areas in the middle of your new color overlay,
you can erase any outisde parts with "()mark background" or click + command
-- Change the brush size with the slider on the tool options "small brush...Large brush"

3. Push enter to finalize/make the selection.

Courtesy a gimp user, a video tutorial on the foreground select tool here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzW8eJ_bDgA

*For some reason It does it backwards for me, putting the color overlay on top of the object I'm selecting.

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