Figure 13.166. The Text tool in Toolbox
The Text tool places text into an image. When you click on an image with
this tool the Text Editor dialog is opened where
you can type your text, and a text layer is added in the Layer Dialog.
In the Text Option dialog, you can change the font,
color and size of your text, and justify it, interactively.
A new possibility appeared with GIMP-2.6: click-dragging the
mouse pointer on the canvas draws a rectangular frame that you
can enlarge and move as you do with rectangular selections. The
text you type in the Text Editor is displayed in this frame and
automatically adapted to the frame size. You can adjust this frame
whenever you like.
Figure 13.167. Text tool bounding box
When the mouse pointer is around the center of the frame, it
comes with a small crosshair
Click-and-drag to move the frame and its contents (the text shows up when
you release the mouse button). The text remains at the same place in the
6.5.1. Activating the Tool
You can access this tool in several ways:
In the image menu through
by clicking the tool icon
or by using the T keyboard shortcut.
Figure 13.168. Text tool options
Normally, tool options are displayed in a window attached under the
Toolbox as soon as you activate a tool. If they are not, you can access
them from the image menu bar through
→ → which opens the option window of the selected tool.
There are two ways of selecting fonts in GIMP. The first is from
the image Dialogs/Fonts menu. The second is with the Font selector
in this tool. Both methods select from the installed X fonts. When
you select a font it is interactively applied to your text.
You can get special characters in the same way as you get
them in other text editors: AltGr + key in
Linux, Alt + number key pad in Windows.
This control sets the size of the font in any of several
Uses the indices of adjustment to modify the characters in
order to produce clear letters in small font sizes.
Auto Hinter tries to automatically
compute information for better representation of the
Antialiasing will render the text with much smoother edges and
curves. This is achieved by slight blurring and merging of the
edges. This option can radically improve the visual appearance of
the rendered typeface. Caution should be exercised when using
antialiasing on images that are not in RGB color space.
Color of the text that will be drawn next. Defaults to black.
Selectable from the color picker dialog box that opens when the
current color sample is clicked.
You can also click-and-drag the color from the Toolbox color
area onto the text.
Causes the text to be justified according to any of four rules
selectable from the associated icons.
Controls the indent spacing from the left margin, for the fist
Controls the spacing between successive lines of text. This
setting is interactive: it appears at the same time in image text.
The number is not the space between lines itself, but how many
pixels must be added to or subtracted from this space (the value
can be negative).
Controls the spacing between letters. Also in this case the number
is not the space itself between letters, but how many pixels must
be added to or substracted from this space (the value can be
Text along Path
This option is enabled only if a
path exists. When your
text is created, then create or import a path and make it active.
If you create your path before the text, the path becomes
invisible and you have to make it visible in the Path Dialog.
This command is also available from the “Layer” menu:
The Text to Path command among text commands in the Layer menu
If you want to use a text which already exists, make it active
in the Layer dialog,
select the Text tool and click on the text in the image window.
Click on the Path
dialog. All path options should apply to this new path.
text is bent along the path. Letters are represented with their
outline. Each of them is a component of the new path which
appears in the
Figure 13.170. “Text along Path” example
Create Path from Text
This tool creates a selection path from the selected text. Every
letter is surrounded with a path component. So you can modify
the shape of letters by moving path control points.
Figure 13.171. The Text Editor options
This dialog window is opened when you click on the image with the
Text Tool. There, you can enter the text which shows up in real
time in the frame on top of the canvas.
You can correct the text you are writing and you can change the
text font with the Font Editor.
As soon as you start writing, a Text layer is created in the Layer
Dialog. On an image with such a layer (the image you are working
on, or a .xcf image), you can resume text editing by activating
this text layer then clicking on it (double click). Of course,
you can apply to this text layer the same functions you use with
To add another text to your image click on a non-text layer: a new
Text Editor will appear and a new text layer will be created. To
pass from a text to another one activate the corresponding text
layer and click on it to activate the editor.
Load Text from File
Text can be loaded from a text file by clicking the folder icon in
the text editor. All the text in the file is loaded.
Clear all Text
Clicking this icon clears the editor and the associated text on
From Left to Right
This option causes text to be entered from left to right, as
is the case with most Western languages and may Eastern
From Right to Left
This option allows text to be entered from right to left, as is
the case with some Eastern languages, such as Arabic (illustrated
in the icon).
Use Selected Font
Default doesn't use the font you have selected in the Options
dialog. If you want to use it, check this option.