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Image inside Text

Jun 28, 2014, 21:48 (This post was last modified: Jun 28, 2014 21:49 by goad.)
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Image inside Text
I am looking to create an image inside text...I had followed this gentleman's example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV7s4Ay78Po

And pretty much got it.....I did notice a few minor problems but believe I got them corrected.
However, Can I create image inside the text and eliminate everything around the text itself? Leaving only the text with whatever images I have showing thru?

Hope I explained it well enough....

Ken
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Jun 28, 2014, 22:11
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RE: Image inside Text
(Jun 28, 2014 21:48)goad Wrote:  I am looking to create an image inside text...I had followed this gentleman's example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV7s4Ay78Po

And pretty much got it.....I did notice a few minor problems but believe I got them corrected.
However, Can I create image inside the text and eliminate everything around the text itself? Leaving only the text with whatever images I have showing thru?

Hope I explained it well enough....

Ken
Hi Ken,
I confess I didn't watch all 10 mins of that video, and yes your question remains a little ambiguous to me.
But if you created each component on different layers, you probably will be able to make non visible (the eye icon) the particular background layers you don't want to see.

I suggest you attach your .xcf file to your next post and explain what you are trying to do and someone will have a look at it and advise possible solutions for your needs.
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Jun 29, 2014, 17:12
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RE: Image inside Text

.xcf  SFilipina.xcf (Size: 919.05 KB / Downloads: 23)
Thanks for your help....I redid what I believe you are telling me what to do.
I included the file.
See if I am on the right track? I want to put the flag pic behind the text and then only keep the text with flag pic behind......

THANKS!!!
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Jun 29, 2014, 18:09
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RE: Image inside Text
Same as others, video is too long. but for some text filled with an image you are almost there: lots of images so not inline

1. In your image, turn off the selection, go to the flag layer and give it 'transparency' (alpha channel)
http://i.imgur.com/xEM6R4B.jpg

2. Now back to the 'text' layer (must have been text one time but is now a graphic layer)
In the layer menu -> transparency - Alpha to selection to select the black text.
http://i.imgur.com/Se691eu.jpg

3. You do not want that, you want the 'outside' so in the select menu -> invert the selection
http://i.imgur.com/ZEl4jtW.jpg

4. Back down to the flag layer and edit -> cut ( or just use delete) to remove the selected area.
http://i.imgur.com/0D34J8i.jpg

5. Pesky black text still showing, do not throw it away (you might need it for something else) just untick the visable icon in the layers dialog.
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Jun 29, 2014, 18:17
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RE: Image inside Text
WOW...thanks! I think it worked.....
Now if I could just understand what I just did....lol

How do I get rid of the "ants"? The rotating of the outline?
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Jun 29, 2014, 18:23
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RE: Image inside Text
(Jun 29, 2014 18:17)goad Wrote:  WOW...thanks! I think it worked.....
Now if I could just understand what I just did....lol

How do I get rid of the "ants"? The rotating of the outline?

That is the selection - use select menu -> none

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Jun 29, 2014, 19:19
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RE: Image inside Text

.xcf  SFilipina2.xcf (Size: 1.45 MB / Downloads: 18)

Well the more I try to add to and manipulate, the more I am messing it up.
I need a border around the text so that I see an outline especially the first L is mainly white....arrghhh.
Also added a Heart (pic) that once I got it in I cant seem to move it to where I want. And lastly I want to add a pic to inside the heart......
Where is a good tutorial that will help explain in laymans terms how all this works?

I really appreciate all the help....but I will also want to understand what is happening....YOU guys are great!!

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Jun 29, 2014, 19:47
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RE: Image inside Text
Quote:..Where is a good tutorial that will help explain in laymans terms how all this works?
I really appreciate all the help....but I will also want to understand what is happening..

Tutorials tend to be very specific, I make the occasional 'how-to' but largely given up on tutorials.

It is all about experimenting with Gimp and getting to know how the tools work. As with anything there is a learning curve.

An image (or a gradient or a pattern) inside a shape (shape can be text or as you want a heart) often starts with making a selection. Then filling to replace the existing or cutting to show what is underneath. So you need to look at how selection tools work.

To outline your text, again it depends how you start off.
If you got to the stage of just the text on the transparent background (chequerboard pattern) with no selection. Remember that previous step
layer -> transparency -> alpha to selection that will select the text.
then use Edit menu -> stroke selection and that gives a dialog with options to 'draw a line along the selection'

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