So I was asked to suggest new features on the mailing-list and only
file bug report after they have been discussed there ... and it seems 
theres a misunderstanding to be resolved and i wouldn't mind more 
exposure for this ... :)

My proposal is about an alternative to using either layers 
or saved selections to draw on areas of an image with sharp 
edges between them.


Shows a typical case, ignoring the background we have 
two such areas: body and hand.

Drawing zones are about dividing the image into 2 or more 
(non-overlapping) regions. These zones would be a bit like multiple 
selections. If you start drawing in one zone, you can't draw over 
another zone without releasing the mouse-button / lifting the pen (same 
effect as drawing outside of the current selection).

Such a feature would remove the need for using layers and moving between them
or constantly changing selections in cases where adjacent areas need sharp
edges between them.

Using layers would mean constant switching between them. Same for 
selections. Long mouse-ways in both cases. Zones, once setup could be 
left active for long durations.

This has nothing to do with split-views, Sven, as the image is shown 
the same way, not in parts. You would just need marching ants or similar 
for the zone extents and the ability to hide them.

If it's still unclear, I'll provide graphical explanation.


Thorsten Wilms

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