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Why with paint and gimp both do I see all these drawing, selecting options and no clear unselect?

Is there a way to unselect any of the drawing or selecting methods then I can go and reselect what i did earlier without drawing another circle when I mean to select it. ?

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This truly is the # 1 problem I have using these tools. I simply cannot see how to have several elements like a like a circle. The go back to what I selected before and resize it for example. I feel like I always have to draw a new line a new circle. I cannot get back to anything I did. –  TestOrFail Mar 20 '11 at 6:39

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Under the 'Select' dropdown menu on the top of the page click 'None'. Or Shift Ctrl A is the shortcut. This is just to deselect without another action.

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you can also right-click anywhere on your canvas to bring up the same options available on the menu bar. Just a little tip –  Lee Harrison May 31 '13 at 18:28

I think in the case of Photoshop, "deselect" is actually just switching to a pointer tool (can't rmb the exact name: shortcut is V). In the case of Gimp, I normally switch to Move tool to use as a cursor (M) - it works in the same way as PS pointer. Also if you want to deselect an area that you have chosen, ctrl+alt+A would work.

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Please explain in more detail: In the case of Gimp, I normally switch to a Move tool to use as a cursor(M). I have gimp up right now looking for Move tool and how to switch to it. Where is this option? –  TestOrFail Mar 20 '11 at 7:01
    
Just use the hotkey M and you will select the Move tool. Its not really a true deselect but it acts like the pointer in PS - i.e. allows you to drag and move layers. I don't think there is a true "deselect" in PS either, in the case of PS, when you deselect you are just switching to the pointer tool that behaves like a normal cursor. –  Reuben L. Mar 20 '11 at 7:30
    
Tools → Transform Tools → Move –  kazi Tanvir Ahsan Apr 21 at 2:24

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