It”s embarrassing to say how long I”ve been using GIMP without knowing how to draw a straight line, but … skipping that … here’s a quick tutorial on how to draw a straight line with GIMP.
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GIMP straight line: Step 1
Step 1 is to have an image you want to draw a straight line on. I’ll assume you have a practical image to work on, but for my purposes I’ll draw a straight line in black on a white canvas. Here’s my white canvas:
The next step to draw a straight line is to select your painting tool. I’m going to use GIMP”s Paintbrush Tool, but you can draw a straight line with any of the following tools:
Paintbrush ToolPencil ToolAirbrush ToolInk Tool (Calligraphy tool)Smudge ToolDodge/Burn Tool
I just tested all of these tools, and they work fine on my GIMP 2.6.3 system.
After selecting your drawing tool, in Step 3 all you have to do is select a starting point for your straight line. Just click your image once wherever you want your straight line to start:
In Step 4 we discover the secret to drawing a straight line in GIMP. All you have to do is hold down the
Once you’ve decided where you want your straight line to end, just click that spot on your image (left-click), while still holding down the
That’s all you have to do.
Somehow I managed to work with GIMPa long time without knowing this, but it’s a huge time-saver once you find it.
Review: How to draw a straight line in Gimp
As a quick summary, here’s all you have to do to draw a straight line in GIMP:
Have an image you want to draw a straight line on.Select a GIMP drawing tool.Click the starting spot for your straight line.Hold down the
I hope this “GIMP straight line” tutorial is helpful!