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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. ?

  • 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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    Should this be split into two separate questions? One about Paint and one about Gimp? – Stevoisiak Jul 18 '17 at 19:43
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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
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    None is disabled for default selection. – mrbengi May 5 '18 at 7:50
  • The option "None" is disabled for me too, and Shift Ctrl A don't work. – Leonardo Castro May 13 '19 at 0:05
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In the case of Photoshop, deselect can be toggled by pressing Crtl + D on Windows and CMD + D on Mac. 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 '14 at 2:24

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