How can I select the convex hull of an existing selection?

I’m trying to remove blue skies with clouds quickly from many images. I’ve used gimp’s Color Selection Tool, which selects the sky but not the clouds. Since all clouds are in the sky, if I could expand the selection to encompass everything within the area, I’d be done. Does gimp have a tool for this?

Additionally, it would be great if someone can recommend a way to automate this process, possibly using python scripting for gimp, because I need to do it for a couple of hundred images.

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Answer

Note: Remove Holes is now included in selection tools of recent versions of Gimp. Older versions may use the approach below:

Gimp script: Remove holes from selection

There is an external script for Gimp which removes holes from a selection. We can download the script (also available from the Gimp Plugin Registry*) and unzip it to the scripts directory we had defined in our Gimp preferences.

*Gimp Plugin Registry is deprecated. A mirrored archive is kept on GitHub

After restarting Gimp we can access the script from Selection > Remove holes… menu.

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Selection with holes

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Holes removed

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