13. Drawing Simple Objects
In this section, you will learn how to create
simple objects in GIMP. It's pretty easy once
you figure out how to do it. GIMP provides a
huge set of Tools
and Shortcuts which most new users get lost in.
13.1. Drawing a Straight Line
Let's begin by painting a straight line. The easiest way to create a
straight line is by using your favorite
painting tool, the mouse and
Procedure 7.1. Drawing a Straight Line
Create a new image.
Select your favorite
painting tool or use the
pencil, if in doubt.
Select a foreground
color, but be sure that the foreground and background
colors are different.
Figure 7.36. The start of the straight line
Create a starting point by clicking on the
image display area
with the left mouse button. Your canvas should look
similar to Figure 7.35, “A new image”.
Figure 7.37. The helpline
Now, hold down the Shift button on your
keyboard and move the mouse away from the starting point you
created. You'll see a thin line indicating how the line will
Figure 7.38. The line after the second click
If you're satisfied with the direction and length of the line,
click the left mouse button again to finish the line. The
GIMP displays a straight line now. If the
line doesn't appear, check the foreground and background
colors and be sure that you kept the Shift
key pressed while painting. You can keep creating lines by
continuing to hold the Shift key and creating
additional end points.