13.4 Using Selections

Once you’ve built a selection, you can use it for a number of purposes. Here, we discuss how you may use a selection that you’ve just built. If you’d like to save the selection for later use, we will discuss masks in depth in the next chapter.

When a selection is active, it’s outlined by marching ants. You can hide this outline, if it’s distracting, by pressing or selecting Image: View > Show Selection. But use this toggle wisely. One of the main pitfalls a new GIMP user encounters is a forgotten hidden selection. When a hidden selection exists, transformations to the image seem to work strangely, or not at all. If a transformation ...

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