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I am trying to bucket fill a layer, but I get this crazy cursor I cant get rid of. I think its because I have something selected. I tired Select All, Select None, but the cursor does not change.

I cant get a hold of that image, screen dump does not get that cursor. Its a small circle with a line across the diameter 45 degrees.

Edit : That cursor is called "circle-slash" icon. It comes when I select a part of the image and try to fill a different part of the image. I either need to select things correctly or I need to edit my selection for painting.

Edit Again : cursor with circle-slash

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Is the layer you're trying to fill locked? – Brendan Jan 14 '13 at 21:59
A screenshot of what you are seeing might be helpful – Yisela Jan 14 '13 at 22:21
I cant give a screen shot, since the cursor does not show up on the screen shot. For some reason it shows up as a regular arrow cursor. Something to do with the way screen shot is taken on ubuntu I guess. – Siddharth Jan 15 '13 at 3:10
Seeing a screenshot will give us a better context for your question, which might allow us to help you even if we can't see the cursor you're trying to point out. – Brendan Jan 15 '13 at 14:36
Its not possible to get a screen shot, but I have been able to get the image from…, I have updated the question with a representation of the cursor. I need to get rid of the circle-slash thingy on the cursor. – Siddharth Jan 16 '13 at 3:23
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Here's the answer you're most likely looking for:

Scenario: say in GIMP you have a logo image, you increase the Canvas, center the logo inside the enlarged canvas, and you want to fill the extra canvas with an eye-dropper color. However, the paint bucket shows a black circle with line through it indicating no-can-do.

Do this: from menu, select "Layer", then "New from visible". Now you can paint bucket fill.

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you saved my day :) – dakshbhatt21 May 7 '14 at 2:42
people are liking your answer better, hence the tick.. thanks – Siddharth Jul 23 '15 at 4:31

I had this same problem, and it was driving me insane. Make sure you have "Background" selected as the layer you are working on. Once I selected it, I could fill in my rectangle select.

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The important part is to have a part of the active layer at the location of the selection that is to be filled. The Background layer fulfills this in many, but not all cases - you might have changed the canvas size, or you might have moved the background layer. One thing that is weird to some users, but comes as natural to long-term GIMP users: layers have a finite size in GIMP. This is a long-standing enhancement request, but as it is a bigger change and there's always other stuff that has to be worked on, it has not been tackled yet: – Michael Schumacher Jan 7 '15 at 9:32

The circle-slash is a indicator that I cannot do that operation as yet in the part where the cursor is currently. I need to move the cursor to a part of the image where it is allowed.

Sometimes the select none option is not visible. God knows why GIMP would not allow Select None, weird. But in such cases, select all, select none works, but sometimes does not. That said, the root cause of that circle-slash is known now.

For downvoters, Its not possible to get a image of the cursor. Hence the cryptic question. I hope you will change your mind.

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If you're on Windows you can install Greenshot which allows screencapture with the cursor. – icc97 Jan 15 '13 at 15:06
Thanks, I have managed to create that cursor. Hopefully the question is more clear. I do want to make sure that my question is not downvoted. It is a valid question, I just need to ensure that its clear and useful to the community. – Siddharth Jan 16 '13 at 3:25
Just to round things off well, why not take your answer (which you basically edited into your question), edit it into this not-quite-an-answer, then accept it. That way the question shows as answered, which it is. – Alan Gilbertson Jan 19 '13 at 3:30

Michael Schumacher was right about the root cause. The layer has a fixed size. So the correct answer, at least for Gimp 2.8 is to select the layer, then select "Layer"->"Layer To Image size" from the menu.

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