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    Draw an empty ellipse in Gimp

    Is it possible?
    If so, how?
    Thanks
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    Re: Draw an empty ellipse in Gimp

    I've managed to do it with a little help from here:
    http://gug.sunsite.dk/tutorials/gunther1/

    It doesn't explain how to draw the shape over an image though.
    Here are the steps necesary to draw an empty ellipse without clearing the contents of the image below it.

    1 - Layer > New layer
    2 - Make the layer to be the same size as the image and layer fill type to transparency. This should be already selected by default.
    3 - On the toolbox select the ellipse select tool and make an ellipse
    4 - Use the bucket fill tool to paint the ellipse with your desired color.
    5 - Right click on it and go to Select > Shrink...
    6 - Type in how many pixels you want the border to be and click ok.
    7 - Go to the menu and click Edit > Clear.
    Done

    I have posted images before and after drawing the ellipse.
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    Re: Draw an empty ellipse in Gimp

    That is actually a very neat method to get a smooth ellipse. The method I would normally use is to use the select tool to define the ellipse and then select>border. You then fill that border with your desired color.

    But I like your method better. The result is a much less pixelated shape. See my version using the "border"method attached.

    Alternatively, I'd use Inkscape instead.

    Thanks for posting your solution.
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