Freehand Selection Tool

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Make Selections by freely drawing the selection outline around the canvas. Click and drag to draw a border around the section you wish to select.

Important

This tool was previously called as the Outline Selection tool. Starting from Krita 4.4.2 release it has been renamed to Freehand Selection Tool. Most of the behavior of the Freehand Selection Tool is common to all other selection tools, please make sure to read Selections to learn more about this tool.

Hotkeys and Sticky keys

  • R sets the selection to ‘replace’ in the tool options, this is the default mode.

  • A sets the selection to ‘add’ in the tool options.

  • S sets the selection to ‘subtract’ in the tool options.

  • Shift + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘add’. You can release the Shift key while dragging, but it will still be set to ‘add’. Same for the others.

  • Alt + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘subtract’.

  • Ctrl + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘replace’.

  • Shift + Alt + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘intersect’.

  • Holding the Ctrl key while drawing the selection temporarily makes this tool behave like the Polygon Selection tool and you can then draw straight line selections by just clicking on the canvas.

New in version 4.2:

  • Hovering your cursor over the dashed line of the selection, or marching ants as it is commonly called turns the cursor into the move tool icon, which you mouseleft and drag to move the selection.

  • mouseright will open up a selection quick menu with amongst others the ability to edit the selection.

Menu of Freehand Selection

Tip

You can switch the behavior of the Alt key to use Ctrl instead by toggling the switch in Tool Settings in the General Settings

Tip

This tool is not bound to any Hotkey, if you want to define one, go to Settings ‣ Configure Krita ‣ Keyboard Shortcuts and search for ‘Freehand Selection Tool’, there you can select the shortcut you want. Check Shortcut Settings for more info.

Tool Options

Freehand Selection options
Mode

This option is explained in the Pixel and Vector Selection Types section.

Action

This option is explained in the Pixel and Vector Selection Types section.

Anti-aliasing

This toggles whether or not to give selections feathered edges. Some people prefer hard-jagged edges for their selections.

Note

Anti-aliasing is only available on Pixel Selection Mode.