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The Paths Tool

The Paths Tool, located at the top-right most part of the Gimp Toolbox, is an advanced selection tool that can also be used for drawing.

Users are able to create selections by placing anchors along the desired selection. After this, “Path” the selection by clicking and dragging on the connecting lines.

In the Paths Options Box, there are three Edit Modes which enable the Design, Edit, and Move paths.

After all of the anchors and paths are created, Create the Selection from a Path or Stroke on the Path. When the user chooses to stroke the path that was created, they will be prompted to choose and consider different stroke options.

This example, show s anchors created one by one. This anchors allow the user to create the paths that are used to select the green pasture. Then, when this is done enclosing the pasture, use the anchors to bend and curve the paths to form to the shape of the desired selection.

Finally, click the option of “Create Selection from Path”. This completed the Path selection process.

Paths Dialog Box

Once a Path is created, then make the Path into a selection. At this point, the user will be able to access a Path Dialog Box. This allows the user to view the path that that was created.

The Paths Dialog Box also lets a user have access to a few path editing options.

To access the Path Dialog Box, Click File in the Gimp Toolbox, click Dialogs, and finally Paths. The example illustrates this procedure.


Here, in the Paths Dialog Box, the user is able to view the path that was created in selecting the green pasture in the example image.

From this Box users can toggle between the Paths and the Selection, Stroke the Path, and also delete the Path.