13.1 What Is a Selection?

Without selections, GIMP would not be a very useful program. Because selections are so important, we begin by clarifying what they are.

A Selection as an Outline

The simplest definition of a selection is that it’s an outline of a region within an image that will be selected. In fact, in GIMP terminology, the term selection is used for the outline itself and for the contents of this outline (i.e., what is selected). In this chapter we refer to the outline as the selection and the region of the image inside the outline as the selected pixels.

When you make a selection in GIMP, the selection’s outline is indicated by marching ants. This is the name coined for the moving dotted line that surrounds the selected pixels. In Figure 13-1 ...

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