Best Selection Tools in a FOSS Photo Editor

Don’t hate me. I’m primarily a Windows user. This might not be the best place to ask because of that. What’s the best FOSS or just freeware with the best selection tools? I have a helluva time selecting objects in the popular free photo editors that I’ve tried like GIMP and Photoshop has, by far, the best selection tools available of everything I’ve tried with selection refinement tools and the newer AI-based subject selection tool. But I’m a cheap *ss. So what have you peeps tried for the best, most accurate, quickest selections (preferably for Windows).

Can you give an example of what you would try to select in what picture?


if by selection tools you mean something like “how to make a red circle around an object without going 3 menus deep like in gimp” i am all about kolourpaint, but that’s because i am mostly mid-caveman level when it comes to any kind of actual graphics work. there was this recent (-ish) thread about gimp in case there is anything in it that might be of use.


If it’s about Photoshop vs GIMP, I can compare current GIMP (2.10) to Photoshop CS2, which is quite an old software…
I can tell, for me the selection tools work quite similar. There’s the “magic” something, which selects based on color.
You can adjust the threshold, and apply softening the selection edges. I didn’t see any major difference to what Photoshop does with the similar tool.
Then there’s the lasso. Just the same as in Photoshop.
Photoshop has a great tool named magnetic lasso, the GIMP alternative is “intelligent scissor”.
They work very-very similar.
These are the selection tools I used so far, so the list may be incomplete on both GIMP/Photoshop.


I’m talking about more advanced selections with hair or complex backgrounds. I have found nothing comparable to the quality of Photoshop’s Quick Selection Tool. GIMP’s Scissors Select Tool doesn’t compare. The Foreground Select Tool can produce some okay results, but still takes a long time to select and the results are still unsatisfactory compared to Photoshop’s tools. Are there other better options?

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Photoshop’s Quick Selection Tools and selection refinement tools have been much easier to use and produce better results in much quicker time.

If you have the possibility to use Photoshop on Windows and find it much superior, you can just use the same program on Photoshop. Especially older versions have very good Linux compatability through Wine.


I’m also trying to move my entire software collection to FOSS or freeware. I just haven’t found any FOSS photo editors that have comparable results to Photoshop’s tools.

Well, that is expected, when you compare a product made by a multi-billion dollar company to a product mainly supported by volunteers around the world. It will always be an unfair battle, as long as the system stays the way it is, right now.


Photoflare is my favorite photo editor, available in most latest linux distributions or:

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And your response is to be expected. Oh well. I’ll just see what the future holds for now.

What selection tools does it have?