I added a rectangle to my layer and colored it. I then unselected it and added an ellipse and colored that. Now I want to go back and select the rectangle again and change its size - but I can't figure out how to select it again. Can I go back and select just the rectangle that I previously created and resize it?

Gimp v 2.8


GIMP is for raster graphics. It means it doesn't know if it's a rectangle, circle, line or Mona Lisa that you're drawing - it treats everything as a bunch of pixels. Think of your image as of a painting: once you paint something on that rectangle, it's covered with a paint of different color. If you want to enlarge it, you have to grab a brush and do it manually. If you want to move it, you have to paint it in that place and paint something else over the first one to cover it.

If you want to have an object that you can move around later in GIMP, draw it on a separate layer. You can also use vector graphics program like Inkscape for that - vector objects can be moved around in that manner, but editing such images has totally different feel that with rosters.


In the tool box is a tool called "Move Tool".


Click this tool, then drag-and-drop the object you want to move. This assumes you still have layers (and the object you wish to move is a defined layer), and have not flattened the image. It can be tricky trying to select the object to move, but it can be done.


If you have only transparent around the rectangle, you can select the rectangle with the Rectangle Select (or any Select) Tool and then Ctrl-x to cut it and then Ctrl-v paste it, you can then proceed to move it with the Move Tool.

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