Path Selection Tool

toolselectpath

This tool, represented by a ellipse with a dashed border and a curve control, allows you to make a Selections of an area by drawing a path around it. Click where you want each point of the path to be. Click and drag to curve the line between points. Finally click on the first point you created to close your path.

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’.

Warning

Selection modifiers don’t quite work yet with the path tool, as shift breaks the path

Note

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

Tool Options

New in version 4.1.3:
Autosmooth Curve
Toggling this will have nodes initialize with smooth curves instead of angles. Untoggle this if you want to create sharp angles for a node. This will not affect curve sharpness from dragging after clicking.
Anti-aliasing
This toggles whether or not to give selections feathered edges. Some people prefer hard-jagged edges for their selections.