I've tried selecting a rectangle and rotating the box with the rotate tool in a blank layer, but clicking in the box doesn't seem to allow me to resize the rotated box.

I am attempting to remove lens flare by subtracting a rotated gradient that is restricted to a box, but it is quite hard to get the size of the box correct before rotating it. Unfortunately, if I click in the selection box after rotating it, GIMP seems to forget that the box was there.

The advice given here: How to edit existing rectangle selection in GIMP? therefore doesn't seem to work. Is there any other way to resize a rotated selection box?

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You need to click on the Transform "Selection" button in the Rotate Tool options, then you can rotate the selection. It's the same with all the transform tools.

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  • Thank was exactly what I was looking for. Very helpful!
    – Tim Wesson
    Jul 15, 2017 at 23:37
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    Actually, not quite what I was looking for, as you cannot click in the rotated selection to resize it. However, you can, as it were, 'externally' resize the region with the other tools.
    – Tim Wesson
    Jul 16, 2017 at 20:25

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