Overview of Select Tools in the Toolbox

Rectangle Select tool

Selects rectangular regions of the image. Keyboard shortcut: r

Select by Color tool

Similar to the Magic Wand, it selects areas based on color similarity all over the image.

Ellipse Select tool

Selects circular and elliptical regions of the image. Keyboard shortcut: e

Fuzzy Select tool (Magic Wand)

Selects a contiguous area of an image based on color similarity.

Free Select tool (Lasso and Polygon Lasso)

You can use the cursor to make a freehand selection by holding down the left mouse button. Not precise, but simple and quick. The polygon lasso is more precise. Click and drag; you can set points to follow a contour.

Move tool

Move layers, selection, and other objects. Be careful when setting the tool's properties because selected areas may be cut if inappropriately set.

Paths tool

Create and edit paths. Paths let you capture regular objects very precisely as editable shapes and convert them to selections.

Flip tool

Reverse the layer, selection, or path horizontally or vertically. This and all other transformation tools can be applied to selections.

Scissors Select tool

Select shapes using intelligent edge-fitting. This freehand tool produces a continuous curve that passes through the control nodes and follows the high-contrast edges according to your settings. As with the lasso tool, you must close the selection. Click to finalize selection. Easy to use but not very precise (the preciseness depends on the contrast of the contours that it is supposed to follow).

Foreground Select tool

A half-automatic select tool to select foreground image objects. Roughly outline and draw over an object with the tool. The object is automatically extracted by GIMP. Depending on the contrast of the extracted object, it is fast and precise but can also be insufficient. Don't expect any miracles.

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