Select Objects Overview

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Pinta provides a number of Selection tools and Select All Options to select images.

Selection Tools

Using a Selection tool, you can isolate a specific area and make modifications to one or more objects within an image. You can edit and apply effects to the selected portion of the image, while leaving the unselected areas unchanged.

Pinta provides the following Selection tools:

  • Magic Wand wand: Use to select a colored area or similar-colored areas (for example, the blue portion of an image) without having to trace an outline. You can specify the selected color range (tolerance), relative to the original color you click.
  • Lasso lasso: Use to select a freeform border-shaped portion of an image.
  • Ellipse ellipse: Use to select an ellipse portion of an image.
  • Rectangle rectangle: Use to select a rectangular portion of an image.
  • Move Selection move: Use to change the selected outline location (position and orientation) that's created from one of the above selection tools.

Select All Options

In addition to the above Selection tools, Pinta also provides the capability to perform a number selection tasks on all pixels on an active layer:

  • Select All: Selects an entire active layer.
  • Deselect All: Deselects all pixels in the active window that were selected, whether all the pixels were originally selected or just a particular portion of the image was selected.
  • Invert Selection: All the active pixels that are selected will be deselected and all the pixels that were not selected will become selected.

To perform these Selection options:

  1. Go to Edit and select Select All, Deselect All, or Invert Selection.

    Select All Commands

After selecting Select All, a dotted line selection encompasses the outer edge of the whole image. Now you can perform image transformations such as rotate, flip, resize, and crop to all parts of the image at the same time, or remove all items.

If Deselect All is selected, all pixels are deselected and all the dotted line selections will no longer appear on the image.

If you originally had selected a rectangle portion of the image and you select Invert Selection, everything except the rectangle portion would be selected as can be seen in the example below.

Before invert

After invert