How to Draw a Dotted Line in GIMP

By Rosemary Peters

GIMP makes drawing dotted lines a quick task.
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When you are designing a document for work, sometimes you want to spruce it up with dotted lines. Whether you are drawing a dotted-line box around important text to make it stand out, or you are creating a signature space in a document so a client can sign on the dotted line, this design device can come in handy in several instances. Creating dotted lines dot by dot can be tedious and annoying. GIMP takes this headache away with the "Stroke Path" menu.

Launch GIMP and open the document in which you want to draw a dotted line.

Choose a color for the line from the "Change Foreground Color" menu.

Click the "Paths Tool" tool, and draw a straight line in the document where you want the dotted line to appear.

Right-click on the line, choose "Edit" and click "Stroke Path."

Click "Solid Color" from the window that appears, and click the triangle next to "Line Style" to make more options appear.

Click the "Dash Preset" drop-down menu, and choose the line style you prefer.

Click "Stroke" to close the Stroke Path window, and the solid line you drew will turn into a dotted line.


This method works for GIMP 2.8. Instructions may vary for other versions of the product.