Currently GIMP has two tools that can smartly select a region of a real photo - the scissors tool, and the magic select tool. The magic select tool is only useful under very specific circumstances. The scissors tool, while useful, is often suboptimal speed-wise.
I think a better way would be to create a smart brush-style selection tool, kind of a combination between quick mask and magic select. It would select up to edges in the image, but no farther than a certain distance set in it's options. This would allow rapid selection of an object, which could then easily be further refined with current methods, e.g. layer mask, quick mask, etc. Does this sound like a useful feature?
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