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how to add border to PNG file

Jan 19, 2012, 15:25
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how to add border to PNG file
I'm in the process of learning to use GIMP (& what a process--great program!) & need to be able to add a border around a PNG graphic, detail as follows:

1. Graphic is rectangular w/transparent background
2. Need to add a border around to match colour of graphic, &
3. (this is where I've hit the wall) The graphic isn't centred within the edges of the graphic "frame", ie: there's the pic part of the logo with text beneath, the text is closer to one edge of the "frame" than the other. Dodgy

That item 3 above is the problem--otherwise it seems I could easily use the Filters-->Decor-->Add Border filter & make folks happy.

Any guidance is greatly appreciated, as this is the beginning of a process--after the PNGs, I have WMF, EPS & TIFF formats waiting for the same.

Many thanks!
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Jan 19, 2012, 16:32
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RE: how to add border to PNG file
Thanks for the speedy reply! Let's see if I can clarify...
1. The logo is a combination of a round image & text, all made into one tidy lump graphic. The whold combined area is rectangular in shape (with the background being transparent).
2. This rectangular "unit" is what needs to have the border added, including all the transparent area--effectively boxing in the image & text together. The text is closer to the edge of the rectangle on one side than the other, making the nifty Add Border not an option--with the transparent bkgd it's not an issue, but throw a border on & the imbalance really shows.
3. Border colour to match one colour of the graphic (this part shouldn't be hard, I think).

FWIW, I agree wholeheartedly about vector being superior (I've used something very similar to your "50 pt does not equal 25 pt x2" logic here, actually); however, we don't have a program capable of vector edits & many folks here are afraid of anything but the familiar PNG (hey, I've had to fight to get them there as opposed to JPG). So work with the bitmaps I must.

(Wondering if I still have a copy of CorelDRAW floating about at home, but for the moment, I have to work with what I have here...)

Hopefully I've made a better picture for you? Pls advise & many thanks!
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Jan 19, 2012, 20:15
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RE: how to add border to PNG file
VERY cool Cool

Many thanks for the step-by-steps--will try them as soon as I can get back to that project (one of several "top priority" things). Extra thanks for the heads-up on open-source vector program, which is downloading as I type.
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