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How to add a border to a selection in GIMP

If you wanted to add a border only to a selection and not the complete image, then you should read this other post BorderToImage

Choose the part of the image to which you want to add the border. For a comprehensive guide on selection in GIMP, read http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-tools-selection.html

Geekum Selection

Selected Image

I’ve chosen the large text in the middle for bordering.

Border Selection Dialog

Border Selection

Now click on Select->Border

Specify the width of the border and choose the units.

Choosing feather border will cause the selection intensity to decrease slowly, thus giving a smooth border.

If lock selection to image edges is not selected, then the selection might change upon contact with the image borders.

Now click OK. You’ll notice that the border of the selection has been automatically selected. You may now fill it with any colour/gradient as you’d like.

Image after bordering selection

Selection Bordered

This is the final outcome that I got after filling the selection. Note that it is possible to fill the selection at once by pressing shift while using the fill tool.

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2 thoughts on “How to add a border to a selection in GIMP

  1. Marshall McCloskey on said:

    “You may now fill it with any colour/gradient as you’d like”
    And how do I do that?

  2. Just bucket-dump in the selection for a solid color, and use the Gradient tool for gradients.

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