As mentioned, the "square" of which you are speaking is simply a graphical 
corner handle (16x16 screen pixels, regardless of actual zoom level) and is NOT 
an actual part of the selection - you can still create selections all the way 
down to 0x0 in size with no loss of functionality.

But I do agree that it is an unexpected distraction and - possibly - a bug.  
Selection handles have a minimum size of 16x16 screen pixels; if the selection 
is smaller than 48x48 (in screen pixels) then GIMP renders the handles in an 
outset manner (larger areas render inset handles).  However, when you 
click-and-drag to create a selection you may notice that the selection handles 
are drawn in an outset manner when you initially click, but suddenly switch to 
inset the moment you begin dragging.

-- Stratadrake
Numbers may not lie, but neither do they tell the whole truth.

Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 21:11:52 +0200
Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Rectangle Select Tool, Gimp 2.8

It wasn't there in 2.6. Why does there need to be a square? Why can't the 
selection start from a zero dimension point instead of a predefined rectangle?

It's disorientating if you're drawing a selection that is smaller than the 
rectangle, for example.

On 17 May 2012 19:56, Olivier <> wrote:

2012/5/17 Reflat N <>:

> Recently upgraded to Gimp 2.8 for the single window mode (which works

> brilliantly in Ubuntu, especially with the HUD).


> But the Rectangle Select Tool has a new - but odd - behaviour. When I draw a

> selection, and then add to that selection, a new "square" is position at my

> cursor. (See attached screenshot.) This didn't happen in 2.6 and is a bit

> irritating because it disorientates me slightly, especially if I'm working

> quickly.

This "square" is simply the same outline that appears when you first

begin using the rectangle select tool. It's the same, whether you are

beginning a new selection, or adding or subtracting to an existing

selection. I don't see why it disorientates you.


Olivier Lecarme

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