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GIMP Draw Circle

GIMP is a fascinating software for editing images and other graphical tasks. But, it does not support any direct tool for drawing a circle. Drawing a circle is an essential task for any graphics tool. But, we can draw a circle in GIMP without installing any external tool or plugin. It is a straight forward process.

We can perform several tasks on a circle like create a vector circle, colored circle, add a border to circle, stroke the outline of the circle, and many more tasks in GIMP.

The Ellipse selection tool allows us to create a circle or ellipse.

let's understand how to create a solid circle in GIMP:

How To Draw a Circle in GIMP

We can draw a circle using the ellipse select tool. It is a straight forward process. Follow the below steps to draw a circle:

Step1: Create a new image

The first step is to draw a circle is creating a new image. To create a new image, select the New option from the file menu. It will create a new blank image; we can choose whether it should be filled with background color or transparent. It will open a dialog window for specifying the image properties.

GIMP Draw Circle

Specify the image resolution and other properties such as color profile, fill with, etc. There is five fill option available in GIMP. We can choose one of the following as per our need:

GIMP Draw Circle

Step2: Select the Ellipse Select tool

after creating an image, we have to choose a ellipse select tool for drawing the circle. To select the ellipse select tool, navigate to Tools-> Selection Tools-> and select Ellipse Select option, or we can press the E key.

GIMP Draw Circle

We can also select the ellipse select tool from the toolbox by clicking on the below icon:

GIMP Draw Circle

Step3: Start Drawing

Now, click anywhere on the image and start drawing the circle. To draw a circle, click at a point and drag it to another point as the circle's required size and clarity. It will look something like this:

GIMP Draw Circle

As i have chosen a transparent background, so it is looking like above. If we have created an image filled with background or foreground color, it will look like the following:

GIMP Draw Circle

Step4: Stroke the outline

Now, stroke the borders to make it solid. To stroke the outline, select the Stroke Selection option from the Edit menu. It will open a dialog window for asking the stroke properties, such as line width.

GIMP Draw Circle

Define properties and click on the stroke button to create an outline on the edges of the circle.

GIMP Draw Circle

Step5: Specify the Color

To fill the circle with a color, select the color and fill it with background and foreground color. To fill color, select the color from the color icon given at the below of the toolbox.

GIMP Draw Circle

Click on the color box to change the color. It will open a dialog window having available color. Select the required color:

GIMP Draw Circle

Step6: Fill the Color

To fill with the foreground color, press the "CTRL+ Comma(,)" keys and for the background color, press the "CTRL+ Dot(.)" keys. It will fill the active color.

GIMP Draw Circle

Step7: Save the image

To save the image, select the Export As option from the file menu. It will save the image to the specified location. The final image will look like as follows:

GIMP Draw Circle

The image having colored background looks like as follows:

GIMP Draw Circle

We can crop or scale the image according to our requirement using the scale and crop options from the Image and Tools menu.

How to Create an Actual Circle

sometimes, we cannot create an actual circle, especially in the case of the beginner. Because the Ellipse select tool starts drawing the ellipse, we have to adjust it by our mouse.

If we are not so good at drawing, we can draw the accurate circle by holding down the SHIFT and ALT keys and dragging the mouse. It will create an actual circle.

Similarly, we can create an ellipse using the ellipse select tool. It is a useful tool for logo designing. Mostly for designing the logo, we may require to create an ellipse or circle or maybe both. Below is the example of drawing ellipse and circle both mix art:

GIMP Draw Circle
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