Hey guys, I found a workaround. I just use the rectangle select tool, click 
hide selection and layer boundary to remove distractions from the edges, and 
use crop to selection. I assigned a shortcut to this function, because I use 
that and undo consecutively. When I undo, all I have to do is click within the 
original selection, even though I can't see any lines, and the adjustable 
selection square re-appears as it used to be. It's a little slower, but perfect 
for those times when I have to fit a hard-to-crop picture into a certain 
standard ratio. 


     On Friday, June 5, 2015 12:41 AM, Liam R. E. Quin <l...@holoweb.net> wrote:
   

 On Wed, 2015-06-03 at 21:09 +0200, Ofnuts wrote:
> On 02/06/15 17:50, Burnell West wrote:
> > > On Jun 1, 2015, at 11:07 PM, Brad Gibson <bradgibson...@yahoo.com
> > > > wrote:
> > > 
> > > It would be great if I could choose to see pure black around 
> > > whatever I'm cropping,

[...]


> > Simply add a black layer and put it behind the image

This doesn't work... it turns grey when you draw the crop tool 
rectangle.

> > 
> 
> Or Edit>Preferences>Display>Transparency>Check style>Black only

Nether does this. It has no effect on the crop tool preview at all.

I had a look at editing the source to change the way the reduced-
contrast area around the cropping rectangle is drawn -- a colour 
swatch on tool options for the crop tool would not be out of line, nor 
even an opacity slider, as on e.g. the Rotate tool. I found the place 
(I think) where the cairo outer rectangle is made, so maybe it's a 
case of adding a fill to that, and passing the colour (and opacity?) 
as arguments from the crop tool preview function, I'm not sure.

I've often wished for a way for Undo to go back to the exact state 
just before the operation, including e.g. the uncommitted selection 
that you could edit, the crop ectangle, the perspective grid. It would 
be clean-warm-dry-black-sock awesome.

Liam

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