>Not quite sure what you mean but, If the transparent 'overlay' layer
>is active what ever you 'paint' is on there.
>That includes stroking a selection. A selection can be invoked any
>time. The default mode is replace. So make a selection and stroke it.
>Then there is a choice, the selection is still active and you can
>resize it by dragging the handles and stroke again, or if you have
>moved to another tool, go back to the elliptical select tool, make the
>selection, stroke it. Once the selection is stroked that is now pixels
>on the layer. To change that needs an erase or a new layer.
>How to tweak the size of the ellipse? 
>Is that the diameter? Drag the handles around to size
>Is it the width of the stroke? Set the stroke width in Edit -> Stroke
>selection dialogue.
>rich: www.gimp-forum.net

Thanks, that explains why I couldn't do it the way I was trying to.

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