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Selection Tools

Jun 15, 2014, 10:22 (This post was last modified: Jun 15, 2014 10:23 by WGCman.)
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Selection Tools
I am using GIMP 2.6.12 on Kubuntu 12.4.1.
Until a few weeks ago, if I wanted to select a rectangular part of the image, I would start at a corner and mouse over to the opposite corner. Then it suddenly changed. Now I have to guess where the center of my selection is, start there and mouse out to any corner. My center guess is usually slightly wrong; I then have to move the selection. Either the software has been changed on a system update, or I have inadvertently changed my preferences somehow. If the latter, I can't find any settings to change it back, and I find the earlier method much more satisfactory. Any ideas on how I can get it back, please?
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Jun 15, 2014, 10:43 (This post was last modified: Jun 15, 2014 10:45 by rich2005.)
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RE: Selection Tools
You probably have expand from center 'ticked' in the rectangular select tool options. Untick it.
screenshot http://i.imgur.com/M8rabp8.jpg

If the worst comes to the worst, go into edit -> preferences -> tool options and use the reset button at the bottom.

IMHO To stop a recurrence, a better way is set up the tools the way you want to start every time. Set paint brush & the brush & brush size, then interpolation method (sinc) + any other option you want
untick the save on exit and tick save now.

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Jun 15, 2014, 11:26
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RE: Selection Tools
(Jun 15, 2014 10:43)rich2005 Wrote:  You probably have expand from center 'ticked' in the rectangular select tool options. Untick it.
screenshot http://i.imgur.com/M8rabp8.jpg

If the worst comes to the worst, go into edit -> preferences -> tool options and use the reset button at the bottom.

IMHO To stop a recurrence, a better way is set up the tools the way you want to start every time. Set paint brush & the brush & brush size, then interpolation method (sinc) + any other option you want
untick the save on exit and tick save now.

screenshot http://i.imgur.com/VVJMG7Q.jpg

Thanks, Rich2005,
Your first suggestion hit the nail. I have never used "Tool Options" for "Select" (in fact didn't know there were any!), and must have moused over it in error.
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Jun 15, 2014, 14:22
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RE: Selection Tools
(Jun 15, 2014 11:26)WGCman Wrote:  Your first suggestion hit the nail. I have never used "Tool Options" for "Select" (in fact didn't know there were any!), and must have moused over it in error.

Rich's second suggestion is also highly recommended... but make sure your current setup (colors, brush, font, pattern, gradient, active tool, and options for the tools you use) is decently clean first.

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