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Aligning Text With The Canvas

Mar 19, 2011, 05:33
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Aligning Text With The Canvas
Just wanted to align some text with the canvas. Thinking I'd simply overlooked the feature, I googled and found that others were asking the same question.

How do you align a layer to the canvas? Specifically, a text layer.

The answers I found:

Use mouse to drag layer to the center of canvas. (This does not result in the accuracy for which I was hoping, unless I do some math to determine and pinpoint the proper location and try to keep my hand steady.)

Cut, copy, paste. (This renders the text uneditable.)

There isn't an align feature?

Finally found a workable answer in the attached image.


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Mar 19, 2011, 11:18 (This post was last modified: Mar 19, 2011 11:25 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Aligning Text With The Canvas
Actually you don't need to enlarge the text layer to the size of the canvas... You use the Align tool (square with arrows in the toolbox) to align the text layer horizontally or vertically with whatever suits you (other layers, image border, or center). After that the position of the text in the layer itself depends on several things: when you re-edit the text the size of the layer won't change, but when the layer is created it's just wide enough for the text in it which means the text is automatically centered in this case.

When you'll be more experimented with Gimp, you'll use the even more perfect way: while in the Text tool, press the "path for text" button, to generate a path (you can then discard the text layer). Then use the Align tool to align the path, and then stroke the path with whatever you fancy. You can also align the path after transforming in various ways: rotation, shear, perspective... Working on the path preserves the "sharpness" of the text because the antialiasing is only performed once during the final stroking.

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