How I make outer border of selection in GIMP ? I tried stroke selection, but the half of the border covers the selection area and half is out of the selected area. I want the border to be completeley out of the selected area.


Works in 2.8 and 2.10:

Method #1

  • Select>To path
  • Select>Invert
  • Edit>Stroke path (give twice the required width, since the selection will discard the inner half of the outline)

In general, stroking a path gives a cleaner result than stroking a selection anyway.

Method #2

If you make the border on another layer, you could also:

  • Edit>Stroke selection
  • [delete]

This will remove the inner part of the outline (but using the method above is cleaner).

  • Method #2 works for me :) thank you very much!
    – cyoram
    Aug 30 '19 at 17:40
  • Please consider marking the answer as accepted, then.
    – xenoid
    Aug 30 '19 at 19:27

In Gimp 2.10.12. we can tell the selection border area to continue outside of the selection as shown here for the selection border menu:

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If we then apply a fill (red 50% opacity) to that selection it will be applied only outside of the previously selected green area:

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