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Gimp Paths Tool Tutorial Cut-and-Paste How-to

Gimp Paths Tool Tutorial Cut-and-Paste How-to. A simple explanation of this graphc software by Nicholas Boonrug Schatzki.

Hello, again! This time, I'm going to tell you the basics on Paths.

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Shall we begin? The Paths Tool is easy to use, although it takes a bit of getting used to. - But it will definitely teach you to be patient!

The Paths Tool


Paths are basically complex lines that you can turn into selections. They're very good for selecting complicated things that you couldn't otherwise select with the Rectangle Selection Tool or the Circular Selection Tool.

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Let's say I want to select the rock in the middle, but without the surrounding water and sand. What do I do?

I use the Paths tool.


To start, I select the tool in the toolbox.

Gimp-Paths Tool Tutorial-by Nicholas Schatzki-La CoffeeMelodie Suite

Gimp-Paths Tool Tutorial-by Nicholas Schatzki-La CoffeeMelodie Suite
When you click on the picture, you will see a circle come up. This is what I like to call a path point. (Picture 2) Click on the path point and you will be able to move it around.

When you make a second path point, there will be a line connecting the first and the second. (Picture 3)



Now, if I want to select the rock, I am going to have to make path points all around it. (Picture 4) Warning: This can get time consuming.

Gimp-Paths Tool Tutorial-by Nicholas Schatzki-La CoffeeMelodie Suite




Once I'm done creating my path points, I go to the layers menu. There will be a Paths tab on the top of it. Click on it. (Picture 5)



There will be a path named "Unnamed". This is the path that you just made with all of your path points. If you right click on it, there will be an option called "Path to Selection".

Gimp-Paths Tool Tutorial-by Nicholas Schatzki-La CoffeeMelodie Suite




Gimp-Paths Tool Tutorial-by Nicholas Schatzki-La CoffeeMelodie Suite
Click on it, then your path points will turn into the dotted lines! Now you can move it around, copy and paste it, and mess around with it without it affecting the rest of the picture! (Picture 6 &7)

Gimp-Paths Tool Tutorial-by Nicholas Schatzki-La CoffeeMelodie Suite


This is the rock by itself. The path tool is pretty neat, don't you think?


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Cut & Paste is a way to stack pictures on layers. Once you are familiar with the Paths tool, you can start having fun with creating animation.






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