Thanks to everyone that responded to my questions.
I found, while going through a tutorial, that to draw a circle you can
use the ellipse tool with the shift key held down. Same with the
rectangle tool to get a square.
I found an excellent site and just thought I'd pass it on
http://epaperpress.com/psphoto. The book targets Photoshop, but the
concepts are similar. They have very nice graphics that you can
interactively change to see the effects. Cool! Gimpguru has been
My latest problem. I have a very nice black and white photo of a
couple. The only problem is the man's right arm and part of his chest
are too light. I tried using the cloning and smudge tool, but it
looked like he was wearing a dead raccoon. Not the look I was going
for :-) I so much just want to draw a rectangle around the arm and say
darken, but how do I do that in GIMP?
I played around with layers, layer masks (which I know very little
about), but have not been successful. Is there help for this poor
Gimp-user mailing list