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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

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.


How to add a border to an image 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 BorderToSelection

To add a border to an image in GIMP, open the image first (make it the active window).

Wordpress Icon

Before Adding a Border

I chose the above figure because.. well.. I don’t know.. I just did

Add Border dialog box

Add Border

Now click on Filters->Decor->Add Border…

Choose the width of the border horizontally and vertically. The Delta value of the colour determines how “3-D” the border appears. Experiment with it till you’re satisfied and then press OK

Image after adding a border

WordPress Icon - Bordered

Voilà! There you have it. The image has a border now.

How to install Microsoft .Net platform on computers not connected to the Internet

More and more Windows (and sadly even Linux) applications are being developed on the .NET platform nowadays. To run these applications, a client machine needs to have an appropriate version of the .NET platform installed. Since web installers for all the .NET platforms (for Windows) are freely available on the official Microsoft site, this shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with a decent internet connection. However, Microsoft seems to be hell-bent on pushing the web installer over the offline installer, because all links (AFAIK) point to the web installer. A web installer is fine – even great – but there are situations where you absolutely need an offline installer – for computers not connected to the internet (6.9 percent of the Indian population have access to the Internet. Which is still a huge improvement from this), or in situations where you need to install the platform on many computers simultaneously (like I did. Will  post about it later 🙂 )

So I searched. No luck at first, but after some heavy googling, I found a blog post that had links to these official offline installers. In the spirit of the blog, I’m sharing the information with you. Since the versions are backward compatible, downloading the latest version will suffice in most conditions, but it is possible that older programs may occasionally misbehave. So download the appropriate version wherever needed. Read more…

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