More GIMP Tricks for Doctoring Images (part 2)

“In a previous article, I wrote about some basic tricks for
cutting objects out of your photos. But you can get a lot more
flexibility and control by adding a few advanced techniques.

“Suppose you’ve spent a lot of time carefully selecting a figure
in a photo (Figure 1).

“You use the Quickmask to paint carefully over those thin legs
and antennae. And then you start wondering — would it look better
to include the flower when I paste it onto my stationary? How do
you find out?

“Saving your selection

“The first goal is save your selection so you don’t lose it:
Select->Save to channel. Once it’s saved, you can see it in the
Channels dialog, Windows->Dockable Dialogs->Channels (Figure