How to Make a Circle With Dots in GIMP


Gnu Image Manipulation Program, better known as GIMP, has a number of tools that allow you to alter and edit your images. You can use these tools to create a variety of shapes and patterns in your images, including circles. However, GIMP does not have a tool that you can use to paint circles directly. To create a circle with dots, you must instead create a circle selection first, and then you can stroke that selection with a dotted pattern.

  • Choose the "Circle Selection" tool from the GIMP toolbar. This tool is styled as a circle with a dotted outline.

  • Drag in the canvas to create a circle selection area.

  • Right-click on your selection and choose "Edit."

  • Choose "Stroke Selection." This will bring up a box allowing you to choose various lines and patterns you can use to stroke the line of your circle selection.

  • Click "Line style" under the Stroke Line option to display configuration options for the type of line you wish to use.

  • Select the preferred dot configuration under the Dash Preset drop-down menu. The three default dot configurations are "Sparse dots," "Normal dots" and "Dense dots." Click "Stroke" to create the dotted border for your circle.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can create custom dot configurations using the Line Style options if none of the standard configurations is to your liking.

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