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GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:29 pm
by Jfcp
I am using Mint 19.1 and the free Gimp that came with it to repair .png's and .jpeg's.

I have had good luck doing simple patch-ups with the "Rectangle Select";

Rectangle Selecting over an area that needs repair,

dragging the rectangle from it to an area that has the pattern I need,

doing an Edit/Copy of that rectangular area, from the drop-down menu,

dragging the rectangle back over the original area,

doing an Edit/Paste to effect the repair.

Obviously, there are limitations to Rectangle Select, so I tried "Free Select" using the same procedure, but despite a lot of fiddling, cannot get it to work, even with very simple 4-sided Free Selections. (And "Help" is no help).

The closest I can get is a "Cut", wherein dragging the Free Selected area leaves a white hole in the image where I only wanted to Copy.

Can it be done?

Is this a feature of a pay "PRO" version of GIMP?

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:52 pm
by Flemur
Jfcp wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:29 pm
... so I tried "Free Select" using the same procedure, but despite a lot of fiddling, cannot get it to work, even with very simple 4-sided Free Selections. (And "Help" is no help).

The closest I can get is a "Cut", wherein dragging the Free Selected area leaves a white hole in the image where I only wanted to Copy.
Rt-click on the selection you want to copy and choose "copy". But you might find it easier to use the "clone tool" to copy from one area, or another image, into the part you want to fix.

Click to make it clearer:
selection.jpg

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:23 pm
by Jfcp
hmmm.. I intended to try that, and thought I had...

Maybe I neglected, in all the fiddling, to try a right click w/o going to the drop-down menu first, since the drop-down was what worked w/ Rect Sel.

Definitely will have look at clone.

Thanks for that!

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:27 pm
by Jfcp
OK, I HAD tried a simple right click/copy /paste and it does not work with free select.

You can do a "Fill with pattern" with free select, but you practically need a 4-year degree and and hour's time to navigate through the maze to find the place where you can select the pattern you need to use..

GIMP has a lot of features, but it is so difficult to use, hard to see why anybody would bother.

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:14 pm
by Flemur
Jfcp wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:27 pm
OK, I HAD tried a simple right click/copy /paste and it does not work with free select.

You can do a "Fill with pattern" with free select, but you practically need a 4-year degree and and hour's time to navigate through the maze to find the place where you can select the pattern you need to use..

GIMP has a lot of features, but it is so difficult to use, hard to see why anybody would bother.
It works here, but you haven't said what actually happens, just that it doesn't work, so I dunno what to say.
Are you closing the selection properly? (hit a carriage return).

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:43 am
by decrepit
I always use the clone tool, you can change the size of the "brush" for big areas, and back to small for small areas.

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:26 pm
by Jfcp
Flemur

I can't get to where I can even make a new pattern selection. There is nothing to close out, nothing to hit carriage return for.

Re: GIMP Free Select, Copy & Paste; can it be done?

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:43 pm
by lsemmens
It might have actually copied and pasted, but you've just not noticed it. When in gimp the first copy is usually pasted directly over the initial area selected do it looks as though nothing has happened. If I then select <Transform><Move> and opt to move that selection, I find that the original is untouched but I do have a copy of the highlighted area.