3.6 Common Problems and
Frequently Asked Questions
There are some problems with selection tools that everyone is tripped
up by sooner or later. Here is a common list:
- I choose a selection tool from the Toolbox and try to make a
selection, but the Marching Ants don't appear, and the selection
doesn't seem to have been made. What's wrong?
This is such a common problem! It is due to the Marching Ants having
been toggled off in some prior operation. Toggle the Marching Ants
back on by typing C-t in the image window or by clicking on the
Toggle Selection checkbox in the Image:View menu.
- I try to cut, paste, or filter a selection, but nothing happens.
Your image contains multiple layers, and the active layer is not visible. Operations in the GIMP are applied to the active layer (for more information, see Chapter
Thus, the selection in your image may be visible, but the active layer
may not be. Open the Layers dialog and verify that the layer you are
working on is active and is visible in the image window.
I've selected the Bezier Path tool from the Toolbox, but
clicking in the image window with the mouse button doesn't produce any
control points. What's going on?
Open the Paths dialog and verify that there is an active path in the
Paths Palette. If there isn't, create a new one by clicking on the
New Path button. Also, verify that the New Point mode button is