I'd like to obtain a vertical dashed line with the dashes having a single color. The way I though to go about this is by stroking a rectangle and removing three out of the four sides to obtain a single vertical dashed line.

I did the following:
i.) File->New... ii.) Select rectangle
iii.) Select->To Path
iv.) Edit->Stroke Path...
v.) For Stroke line select Pattern
vi.) For Dash preset select Normal dots

The result that I get is shown below. Why does Gimp not use the foreground color only, but creates these weird shades of yellow?

Mode is RGB color 8-bit gamma integer, GIMP built-in sRGB, 1 layer

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    At step 5, choose "solid colour" instead.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 28, 2022 at 15:59
  • Oh wow, that was simple. If you add this as an answer, I'll accept it. Apr 28, 2022 at 16:02
  • Just a little note here, it's much easier to add dashed strokes using vector software such as Inkscape (which is also free and open source). GIMP is a photo editor, and not ideal for something like this. In Inkscape you would simply draw a rectangle and set a dashed stroke, you can then easily edit the rectangle, change its size, and the stroke will remain dashed.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 28, 2022 at 16:43

1 Answer 1


Step 5 is a mistake.

Choose "Solid colour" instead of "pattern".

If you choose "pattern" it will stroke it with the currently selected pattern in the Patterns dialog.

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