On 01/24/2013 01:51 PM, Gary Aitken wrote:
> On 01/23/13 20:18, Steve Kinney wrote:
>> On 01/23/2013 07:36 PM, Gary Aitken wrote:
>>> Hitting <enter> in the image window has no effect whatsoever when the 
>>> rectangle
>>> tool is active.  At least in my 2.8.2 version.
>> Ditto here.  I tried it and was surprised that I could not figure
>> out a way to make the rectangular select tool options draw a
>> rectangular selection - it moves and resizes them all day long but
>> only if one already exists on the canvas - as far as I can tell.
>> For me this is not a problem but it is kind of puzzling.
> I now see how to use it, although it is awkward.  But at least I can get the
> exact location and size I want:
>   1.  Click in the image and drag out any rectangular selection
>   2.  Change focus back to the tool options and set the origin and size
>   3.  Change focus back to the image and hit <enter>

I actually do this semi-routinely (but mostly with the similar
dialogs for the Crop tool), in the process of composing images that
are destined for web display at a pre-specified size:  Using the
"fixed aspect ratio" option lets you frame the subject decently,
then cropping and resizing gives the specified dimensions.

But the procedure always starts with "some" selection (or crop area)
on the canvas, which I understood to be out of bounds to the
original poster's requirement.



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