How to Draw a Dotted Line in GIMP

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GIMP, or "GNU Image Manipulation Program," is a graphics editing program that specialises in raster images. In addition to handling standard image manipulation and photo retouching tasks, GIMP also functions as a free-form drawing tool. The "Paths" tool allows for the creation of individual lines connected by anchor points that can be repositioned and resized after being drawn. By applying specific stroke styles to a path, it is possible to created dotted and dashed lines within GIMP.

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  1. 1

    Select the "Paths" tool by clicking on the yellow pen icon in the GIMP toolbox window. The "Paths" tool is also available from the "Tools" drop-down menu in the main GIMP window.

  2. 2

    Click within the main GIMP window to select the starting point of the path. Each subsequent click creates another anchor point for the path. Anchor points are connected to one another by a straight line. Continue placing new anchor points until you are satisfied with the size and shape of the line.

  3. 3

    Click "Edit" on the main GIMP toolbar and select "Stroke Path."

  4. 4

    Click "Line Style" to expand the stroke style settings window.

  5. 5

    Click the "Dash Preset" drop-down menu and select the dotted or dashed line that you want to apply to the path.

  6. 6

    Click "Stroke" to apply the style to the path.

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