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In GIMP, you can (in various modes) draw a constrained straight line which will "snap" the line you're drawing to the nearest 15 degree angle, making it easy to draw lines in a precise direction. For example, in paintbrush mode, you do this by clicking one point, releasing, holding shift+ctrl, then moving the cursor to the next point of the line and clicking.

Is there any way to do this in paths mode? I can't seem to use this method to get an exactly horizontal path segment, for example.

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If you want vertical or hoizrontal lines you can make use of the guides: just click and drag them from the rulers at edge of the images, before switching to the Paths tool. – jsbueno Mar 21 '14 at 1:00

Possible with the free Selection tool. Then go to Select -> to path. You'll see you path in the Paths toolbox.

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Can you please explain a little bit better? How to get to "free Selection tool"? What does it? ... – Kurt Aug 8 '13 at 8:09
The free Selection tool is the "lasso tool" and it has all the other features normal tools like brush has. CTRL for 15° snapping SHIFT for straight lines. – Pierre Geier Aug 8 '13 at 9:08
That is super annoying. This requires that a closed path be created. :( What if I want to make a path that is open, of several segments? Then I would have to create a selection, close it, convert to path, delete all of the segments that I don't want and if I want to move it to another path group? Ugh, very messy and annoying. If this is the only way, then the Gimp team should revisit this and fix it. – Adrian Aug 15 '14 at 15:53

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