How to draw a circle with Gimp (with pictures)

How to draw a circle with Gimp (with pictures)
How to draw a circle with Gimp (with pictures)
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Although Gimp does not offer a specific tool for creating circles, there are several ways to draw circles using the software's built-in tools. You can use the tracing tool to vectorize a circle to which you will add an outline. You can also draw a circular outline using the elliptical selection feature, which you will also use to create a colored circle without any outlines.

Steps

Part 1 of 3: use the tracing tool to draw a circular outline

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 1

Step 1. Click on the elliptical selection tool

It is located in the upper left corner of the toolbox and looks like an oval with a dotted outline.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 2

Step 2. Drag the tool onto the Gimp canvas

You can then start to create an ellipse. By default, its circle formatting will be freehand.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 3

Step 3. Make your ellipse look circular

Press and hold the Shift key while dragging your mouse cursor to change the shape of your ellipse to make it appear circular. Be patient: it is possible that you will not achieve perfection on the first attempt and in this case you will have to repeat the operation.

  • If the circle you need to create must be of a specific size, set the ellipse size fields in the section Options at the bottom of the toolbox. Take care to give the same dimensions to the width and height of the ellipse so that your circle is properly proportioned.
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Step 4. Click on the Gimp selection menu

Then choose the option titled Towards path which can be found at the bottom of the selection menu. This will create a vectorized object from the circle you just formed.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 5

Step 5. Click the selection menu again

Choose the option titled None. The circle you have created will be erased from your canvas: do not be alarmed, this is completely normal.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 6

Step 6. Choose the color to apply to the outline of the circle

In the toolbox, select foreground color then choose the one you want to apply to the outline of your circle.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 7

Step 7. Click on the edit menu and select Draw Path

A new window will appear. This will allow you to convert your circle to a bitmap.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 8

Step 8. Adjust the thickness of the outline of your circle

To do this, use the line thickness adjustment fields which are located in the section Options from the toolbox. These settings are measured by default in pixels, but you can modify them by any other unit of measurement suggested by the dialog.

You can give other more artistic effects to your circle by making the path using other tools

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 9

Step 9. Click Trace to create your circle

Gimp will draw your circle by applying the color and thickness of the outline that you have just chosen.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 10

Step 10. Fill the circle with the color of your choice

You will need to use the fill tool, which is symbolized by a bucket, to paint the inside of the circle. Choose in the color settings dialog the one you want, then click anywhere in the circle after selecting the fill tool. The color you just chose will be applied inside your circle.

Part 2 of 3: use the marquee tool to draw a circular outline

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 11

Step 1. Click on the elliptical selection tool

It is located in the upper left corner of the toolbox and looks like an oval with a dotted outline.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 12

Step 2. Click and drag the tool onto the Gimp canvas

You can then start to create an ellipse. This tool has the function of creating circles and ellipses.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 13

Step 3. Create a well-proportioned circle

Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard while dragging the tool across your canvas. It will take the shape of a circle on the canvas by itself. If you do not get the expected result, you will have to start over as much as you need to. Gimp is indeed a bit difficult to master if you are not used to using it. Be careful not to release the Shift key until you have started dragging the tool on your canvas.

  • If the circle you need to create must be of a particular size, set the ellipse size fields in the section Options from the toolbox. Take care to give the same dimensions to the width and height of the ellipse so that your circle is properly proportioned.
Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 14

Step 4. Select Border from the Gimp selection menu

A new menu will appear, allowing you to select what you have just created. You will be able to draw the outline of your circle.

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Step 5. Choose the thickness to apply to the outline of your circle

The thinnest thickness you can apply to the outline will be at least 1 pixel. You will increase it by choosing a larger number. You will get an outline that is four pixels thick if you enter the number "4".

You can change the unit of measure for the thickness of the outline to suit your preferences. This setting is displayed by default in pixels, but you can modify it by any other unit of measurement proposed by the dialog

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Step 6. Choose the color to apply to the outline of the circle

In the toolbox, click on foreground color to modify the contour. This will open the color settings dialog where you can select the one you want.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 17

Step 7. Select Fill Foreground

You will find this option in the edit menu. The outline of the circle will take the color you have chosen for the foreground, but its center will remain transparent.

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Step 8. Fill the circle with another color if you want it

You will need to use the tool represented by a filling bucket to paint it with another color. Choose in the color settings dialog the one you want, then click anywhere inside the circle after selecting the fill tool to apply the chosen color.

Part 3 of 3: create a circle without an outline

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 19

Step 1. Click on the elliptical selection tool from the toolbox

Although this tool is intended to make an elliptical shape selection, you can also use it to create circles. You will find it in the upper left corner of the Gimp Toolbox.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 20

Step 2. Start creating an ellipse on the Gimp canvas

Click and drag the elliptical selection tool on your canvas to start creating the shape of an ellipse.

Draw a Circle in Gimp Step 21

Step 3. Drag the elliptical selection tool onto your canvas

Press and hold the Shift key as you drag the tool across your canvas. You will see your tool automatically take the shape of a circle when you move it on the canvas. Make sure to hold down the Shift key until you release your mouse button. You will have to start over if you don't get the results you want the first time.

  • You can specify the exact dimensions of the circle you want to create by setting the ellipse size fields in the section Options from the toolbox. Take care to give the same dimensions to the width and height of the ellipse so that your circle is properly proportioned.
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Step 4. Choose the fill color for the circle

In the toolbox, click on Foreground color to modify that of filling the circle. This will open the color settings dialog where you can select the one you want. The circle will not have an outline.

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Step 5. Paint your circle with the chosen color

Click on the Gimp edit menu and select Use foreground color. This will have the effect of applying the previously chosen color to your circle.

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