Adding Special Characters

GIMP's Text Editor lets you type all characters you find on your keyboard. Special characters, such as the copyright character, ©, or accented characters, such as n, are not included.

However, Windows users can find special characters and Unicode key positions in the Character Map, which can be accessed from Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools. Simply, with a right-click of your mouse, you can copy and paste the characters into GIMP's Text Editor. The prerequisite for this and for the other mentioned methods is that the special symbols are available in the selected character set.

If you need to type such characters, you will find them in the ASCII or Unicode tables at the following locations:

http://mandalex.manderby.com/a7ascii.php

http://jrgraphix.net/research/unicode_blocks.php

http://www.unicodetables.com/

Visit any one of these pages to find the desired character or symbol. The process should be familiar if you've worked with symbols on word processors. Simply select the symbol with the mouse, right-click, and select Copy.

Then return to GIMP's Text Editor window and click on the spot where you want to insert the symbol or accented character. Right-click, select the Paste option, and—voila!—the character is pasted into the text line.

Alternatively, you can enter the hexadecimal number of the desired Unicode character in the Text Editor while holding down the Ctrl and Shift keys. For example, to generate the copyright sign, you would type UA9 while holding down Ctrl+Shift. (The letters A, B, C, D, E, and F are numerical characters in the hexadecimal number system.) When you type hexadecimal numbers rather than using the number block, you have to use your regular keys on the keyboard. This is true for Windows. For Mac OS X, you first have to enable the Unicode-hex keyboard configuration. While typing the Unicode numbers, you have to hold the Alt key down. Regardless of the operating system you may be using, the font you selected must also support the character or sign you want to add.

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USING MASKS AND L AY E R S — PA I N T I N G, FILLING, AND COLOR TOOLS

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