I created a custom shape with custom pattern with the following steps:

  1. Drawing the border lines with Path Tool
  2. Making a closed shape by Selection from Path
  3. Selecting the closed shape with Magic Wand
  4. Filling the closed shape with solid color or pattern by Bucket Fill Tool

Now I want to re-design the shape by moving the controlling points of Bezier Curve, but the shape is now independent of the initial points set by the Path Tool.

My problem is that after Step 2, the closed shape is independent of the initial drawing points, and thus not editable. On the other hand, I want to edit the shape when it is filled with color.

How can I create a custom filled shape, which is still editable by moving controller points?

  • I'm not sure what that second step there is for... no selection was mentioned, and you close a shape by holding ctrl and clicking on the path's starting point.
    – Nyerguds
    Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 16:43

1 Answer 1


I don't think it's possible to edit a shape directly.

But you can edit a path after it was transformed to a selection.

Go to "Windows > Dockable Dialogs > Paths", (by default its docked next to the layers tab) here you can edit, duplicate and even export paths.

After editing the initial path you need to create a new selection and fill it again.

When drawing something more complex, I usually use the duplicate path feature to maintain a few backups.

Hope that helps.


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