Many Painter users work with selections and often use 'hide selection' to eliminate distractive marching ants.
But, later forget and hidden selection leads to frustration/confusion.
So, suggest that if a selection is active (hidden or not, but especially if hidden) that a small toolbar indicator turns on (small light icon? turns green instead of black) to let user easily know a selection is active.
Thus avoiding un-needed frustration not knowing what is wrong.
PS another plug here to have a similar indicator to indicate "make seamless" pattern/painting is active or not.
Maybe we need a small "active/inactive" panel for anything that can be on/off toggled? there are more! Panel would then be user controlled as to what is shown and whether panel is visible or not; like any other panel/palette.
Painter's selection tools are extremely obsolete and hard for me to use. The selection tools in Corel's last 2 versions of PaintShop Pro are quite advanced- no reason for them not to get Painter's updated.
What is the big differentiator for you, Ron...is it the Refine brush or something else?
I agree and put in this suggestion: