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ARTICLES IN GIMP

Dec 24, 2011, 11:25
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ARTICLES IN GIMP
Okay it's my first post here so hi Big Grin

The thing is, it might be kinda difficult for me to describe what i am looking for in english as idk a lot of things about graphic arts' terminology.

Anyway, here it goes

I notice that in every magazine each line of an article has exactly the same length as the the others despite the fact that there is a different number of words in each line. Moreover, spaces between words change from line to line, according to the amount of words in each one, and as a result every single line has the same length as the ones above and beneath it.
In GIMP, when you use textedit (ie this Text) you cant do what i mentioned above. Every line ends up in different lenght as each word that does not "fit in the box" goes to the line beneath it thus making a text look kinda ugly.

My question is, is there a way to align all the lines in order to make them have the same length? (just like a magazine would look)

Thanks for the help and sorry for the language!
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Dec 24, 2011, 11:55 (This post was last modified: Dec 24, 2011 11:57 by ofnuts.)
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
This is called "justification", and the Text tool has an option for it, with two "restrictions":

1) as in word processors, the text to be justified together should be entered as one line (a carriage return is considered as a line break)

2) Gimp won't augment the "kerning" (spacing between letters in the same word) to reduce spaces between words (like in the first line of the example below)

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Dec 24, 2011, 12:36
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
(Dec 24, 2011 11:55)ofnuts Wrote:  This is called "justification", and the Text tool has an option for it, with two "restrictions":

1) as in word processors, the text to be justified together should be entered as one line (a carriage return is considered as a line break)

2) Gimp won't augment the "kerning" (spacing between letters in the same word) to reduce spaces between words (like in the first line of the example below)

works perfectly! much much thanks!
and since we got off to a good start i have another problem in my articles.

I want some of the words or phrases to be bigger than others. However when i select a word and increase the size of the font thw whole text ends up bigger instead of just my selection. Is it possible to someway change the size of only a word or phrase?
Same thing happens with bold. I want only some phrases or words to be bold but when i shift to bold the whole text shifts.

Thanks again!
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Dec 24, 2011, 12:53
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
Don't mistake Gimp for a word processor Smile In Gimp 2.7, you can set specific parts of the text in bold/italic/underscore, but the font and font size remains the same for the whole text layer.

If you need a nicely formatted text, prepare it in your word processor, then export in some adequate format and import the PDF in Gimp. The adequate format is subject to local conditions: EPS or SVG are best (they produce paths that can be further massaged in Gimp) but now all word processors will produce them. PDF also works (but I don't know if Gimp can always import it (not a prpoblem on Linux, but on Windows or OSX?) even if it produces a bitmap (but you can at least scale it first).

If you image is mostly text, you may be using the wrong tool. InkScape or Scribus may be better suited.

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Dec 24, 2011, 13:07
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
hmmm i guess you are right and i will try doing it the way you mention.

Thing is i'd like a little bit more information cuz i aint very smart when it comes to computers. How do i export it in an adequate format, how do i import etc..

I would be grateful if you could help!
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Dec 24, 2011, 13:49
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
nevermind it was not so difficult after all! i managed to do a perfect job thanks to your advice!
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Dec 24, 2011, 14:13
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
i rushed to speak, there is actually a problem.

i extracted my text as a pdf just as you said however when i try to import it in gimp it says it cannot be done. (i think it doesnt recognize the pdf file or something)

what do i have to do?
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Dec 24, 2011, 17:38 (This post was last modified: Dec 24, 2011 17:39 by ofnuts.)
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RE: ARTICLES IN GIMP
That's why I used the words "some adequate format" Smile PDF is a snap to import under Linux, but on Windows it may require addiitonal software such as Ghostscript (but I don't know the particulars). With what software did you produce the text?

(as a last resort you can also use a screen capture of your formatted text in the word processor, but it has to be rendered at the right size).

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