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Change letter shapes

Dec 21, 2013, 14:25
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Change letter shapes
I rebuild old wood working tools and frequently have a need to reproduce the original decals found on these machines. My normal procedure is to take a photo of the decal in high res, import it into gimp then use the tools available to "copy" the image onto another layer(s) in very high res. This produces a nice decal that I can then use on my machines.

The problem I am having however is that most of the lettering on these decals isn't quite a normal font. I can normally find something close, but then I need some way to stretch or otherwise modify individual letter so the fit exactly the text being copied.

If anyone has experience doing this kind of thing, I would be most appreciative.

Many thanks.
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Dec 21, 2013, 22:39
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RE: Change letter shapes
(Dec 21, 2013 15:39)ofnuts Wrote:  You best bet is to become proficient with the path editor. A computer font is nothing but a collection of paths, and you can ask Gimp to extract the path corresponding to text produced with the text tool. You can then modify this path to alter the shapes of the letters.

For instance, my sig uses a font where the "O" is a complete circle, but it didn't fit with the "stamped metal" look so I edited the path in the "O" to add a cut.

OK thanks. I saw the text to path, so guess Ill start playing with that to see if I can make it work for me. Appreciate the lead and path to start with.
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