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How do I quickly select the background of an object that has small gaps in its border (imagine a circle with dotted line as border)? The wand tool doesn't work because the color is the same inside & outside the object, so the selection spills inside.
I've taken to copying the layer, filling in the gaps with the pencil tool, selecting the background, then switching back to the original layer -- but that's time-consuming. Seems like there should be an easy trick.
Using the magnet lasso tool to trace your subject, then inverting the selection might save you a bit of time.
If you can give a more detailed description of the image(s) you're working with, someone here may be able to give you a better answer.
I don't think GIMP has a tool comparable to the magnet lasso. It has 'intelligent scissors' but I haven't found them to be better than the simple path tool.
Sounds like the easiest thing is to keep doing what I'm doing -- plugging the gaps on a copied layer, and selecting with the wand on that layer.