13.2. Creating a Basic Shape
Drawing shapes is not the main purpose for using
GIMP. However, you may create shapes by
either painting them using the technique described in
Figure 7.35, “A new image” or by using the
selection tools. Of course, there are various other ways to
paint a shape, but we'll stick to the easiest ones here. So,
create a new image and
check that the foreground
and background colors are different.
Figure 7.39. Creating a rectangular selection
Basic shapes like rectangles or ellipses, can be
created using the
selection tools. This
tutorial uses a rectangular selection as an example. So,
choose the rectangular
selection tool and create a new selection: press and
hold the left mouse button while you move the mouse to another
position in the image (illustrated in figure
Figure 7.39, “Creating a rectangular selection”). The selection is created
when you release the mouse button. For more
information about key modifiers see
Figure 7.40. Rectangular selection filled with foreground color
After creating the selection, you can either create a filled
or an outlined shape with the foreground color of your choice.
If you go for the first option, choose a
and fill the selection with the
bucket fill tool.
If you choose the latter option, create an outline by using
selection menu item from the
menu. If you're satisfied with the result,
remove the selection.