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How to make text smaller?

Sep 30, 2011, 23:33 (This post was last modified: Sep 30, 2011 23:53 by lionfisher.)
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RE: How to make text smaller?
(Sep 30, 2011 22:40)ofnuts Wrote:  With a path you can do two things:

1) "stroke" it (ie, Gimp uses it as a guide for a brush): Edit/Stroke Path or in the Path list, right-click+Stroke Path
2) Use it to create a selection (if it's closed): Select/From path, or in the Path list, right-click+path to selection

Ok thanks. So I am then stuck with the pixel size that I started with regardless of what I do? IF I stroke the path it uses the giant pixels, and if I select the path, the fill still has giant pixel edges.
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Oct 1, 2011, 00:52
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RE: How to make text smaller?
Nope... the thing is that once you have your path(s), but before you stroke or fill it(them) you can scale up the image, and the output will remain sharp. For instance, assume we have these paths in a 50x100 image (note the zoom factor):
[attachment=689]

If we fill/stroke them, they produce this:
[attachment=690]

If we find it too small and scale that image 4x after the fill/stroke, we get this:
[attachment=691]

But if we scale the image before the fill/stroke, the paths are scaled as well, and since they aren't pixels, but high precision coordinates, they become an exact scaled up image of themselves, that we can fill/stroke:
[attachment=692]

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Oct 1, 2011, 01:13
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RE: How to make text smaller?
Yesss!!! Thats it! I think I'm going to win this battle. Thank you very much Ofnuts!
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Oct 1, 2011, 08:57 (This post was last modified: Oct 1, 2011 08:59 by diginin.)
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RE: How to make text smaller?
(Sep 30, 2011 21:45)lionfisher Wrote:  
(Sep 30, 2011 20:04)ofnuts Wrote:  Select the bush, and use Select/To Path. This will create a real path from the selection, that you can merge with an existing path, for instance.

I select and select to path, then when I hide the selection I have real nice smooth lines, but I cant seem to do anything with them. How would I just save the paths as an image and work off of that? The path lines being the only thing in the image.

You can, additionally, if I understood "do something with it" correctly, go into paths edit mode and correct any paths that you may want to modify, or which are not as exact as you would have liked the to be. I do not want to take any thunder away from gimp, but maybe one of these inkscape tutorials will help. Inkscape would be better for tracing and editing paths, and then gimp for final touches and more complex bitmap editing. SVG's import quite nicely into gimp after your "blueprint" is finished. Look at my out-of-the-ice example. I created a box, turned the 3D object to paths, then I could take apart the box. I used then scripts, layers and other tools in Gimp for the touch up.

Using a transparent layer, with a reduced opacity, can help to get more exact paths, as with the select tool, via tracing. Inkscape, as with Gimp, works with layers.

It depends on how much quality you want. You can spend a lot of time, or a little. It is only one way of many that lead to Rome Smile Thanks for sharing your results. It is great to be kept in the loop.

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Nov 2, 2011, 23:57
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RE: How to make text smaller?
Victory! I finished the hole maps, with help from the forum! Thank you all very much!
Here is what I ended up with. I took 18 of these and used used Open Office Draw to make tee signs complete with distances, notes, and sponsor recognition.


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Nov 3, 2011, 00:02
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Good to know Smile

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