Typing in GIMPthe Text Tool

The Text tool in GIMP's Toolbox allows you to create dynamic text in an image. It's called dynamic because the process is based on vector representation in spite of the fact that the text is added to an image as a pixel element. Vector representation allows you to post-edit the text as well as its attributes, such as color and font type or font size. When you type text onto an image, the process creates independent text layers, which means that the text is not "baked" on a background or another layer.

With GIMP 2.6, a new addition to the text tool is that the text is now placed in a text-bounding box over the image. You can enlarge the text box by dragging the edges with the mouse pointer. The text is then automatically adapted to the new frame size. You can create titles, individual texts, or comments about the image, but it is not suitable for page layouts with lots of text.

Figure 3.46

The Text tool options, GIMP's Text Editor, and text layers in the Layers dialog

Figure 3.46

The Text tool options, GIMP's Text Editor, and text layers in the Layers dialog

3.7 TYPING IN GIMP —ADDING TEXT TO AN IMAGE

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