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I want to draw a box around a portion of my graphic for the purpose of highlighting it.

How can I do that?

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Use the rectangle selection box, and under the Edit menu, hit Stroke Selection. Select your options from there.

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GIMP is a powerful piece of software and as such has a pretty steep learning curve. For quicker, easier tasks I would recommend Paint.Net. Think of it as MSPaint++. – Michael Jul 27 '10 at 13:02
I've never used Paint.Net myself, but have heard nothing but praise about it. – Aeo Jul 28 '10 at 16:06
@Michael GIMP can do anything Photoshop can do… But with one of the worst GUI/user-experiences ever. – JakeGould Feb 3 '15 at 23:53
GUI of GIMP is a disaster. I simply can never find the buttons to do whatever I need to do. Having to Google how to make a rectangle says it all I think! – JohnyTex Mar 25 '15 at 10:45
How about gimpShop? Can that be something? – JohnyTex Mar 25 '15 at 10:53

Select Filters > Render > Gfig... From there you can draw boxes and other shapes boxes in various styles.

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A great tool, buried where no one would look. Dumb Gimp. – Grant Birchmeier May 1 '13 at 14:50

Use the box select tool, then Select >> Border This selects around your current selection's outline (dotted animated line), at a distance of however many pixels you enter in the dialog box on either side of original line. i.e. if you use 5 for Border's input value, you will have a 10 px wide border selected. Then fill it in with paint bucket. You now have a box. Or... fill a layer with any colour, pattern, gradient, image etc., and use the selection to create a black box in a white layer mask using the same selection. Select all on layer mask, and gaussian blur a bit. That will give you a blurred border, using whatever image is on the layer. Everything that is black on the layer mask will be transparent to the layer below. Using this image as the main layer, I created a thick blurred border, but started with a circle selection instead of a square. I also did a border select on the original border select (after filling in layer mask) to blur the edges of my new border, and not the whole border.


New Border

Example using black layer instead of image, and rounded corners.

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no, no, no ... too many politics :) – Unhandled Exception Mar 11 at 4:07

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