4.15. Distort

Figura 16.38. Example of using Distort on a selection

Example of using Distort on a selection

An image with a selection

Example of using Distort on a selection

After Distort

The Distort command deforms the selection contour.

4.15.1. Activating the Command

You can access this command from the main menu through SelectDistort….

4.15.2. Description of the Distort Dialog Window

Figura 16.39. The Distort dialog

The “Distort” dialog

This command has several options which allow to increase or reduce the deformation. It is not possible to foresee the result and you have to experiment.


A higher threshold shrinks the distorted selection. A lower threshold makes the selection bigger.

If the active selection has a regular shape (e.g. rectangle or ellipse selection), this option controls if the new outline is more inside the original selection or more outside the original selection.


A higher Spread increases the deformation.


A higher Granularity increases the deformation.


A higher Smooth decreases the deformation.

Deactivating Smooth horizontally or Smooth vertically increases the deformation.