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Irregular border and text flow

Apr 11, 2011, 13:37
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Irregular border and text flow
Hi,

I would like to know whether it is possible to create an image with GIMP that is not rectangular.

What I want to achieve is to have an irregularly shaped image (e.g. a map of Japan) on a website with the text flow adapting to the shape of the image.

All that I have been able to find thus far is how to make the background transparent. The problem is that the image frame, although invisible, is still rectangular...

It'd be much appreciated iof anyone can point me in the right direction. And, naturally, if my problem description is unclear, I'd be happy to (try to) clarify Smile

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Apr 11, 2011, 16:39
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RE: Irregular border and text flow
(Apr 11, 2011 13:37)afrehley Wrote:  I would like to know whether it is possible to create an image with GIMP that is not rectangular.
Unfortunately not... but as far as I know this is always how things work. Image parts always have a rectangular outline, those that don't look rectangular are just defining transparent edges.

(Apr 11, 2011 13:37)afrehley Wrote:  What I want to achieve is to have an irregularly shaped image (e.g. a map of Japan) on a website with the text flow adapting to the shape of the image.

All that I have been able to find thus far is how to make the background transparent. The problem is that the image frame, although invisible, is still rectangular...
Furthermore this is for a website and 1) I don't think there is any provision in HTML for non rectangular images, and 2) as a general rule, any fancy formatting won't play correctly with some navigator settings (people can set minimum font sizes, etc....), and many make things difficult for visually impaired users.

Now, if you make the rectangular image a *background* image in the HTML or a specific DIV, you can have text over it in overlapping DIVs to emulate text flow. But it will be some work to have something that works equally well with IE and Firefox.

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Apr 11, 2011, 19:59
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RE: Irregular border and text flow
(Apr 11, 2011 16:39)ofnuts Wrote:  
(Apr 11, 2011 13:37)afrehley Wrote:  I would like to know whether it is possible to create an image with GIMP that is not rectangular.
Unfortunately not... but as far as I know this is always how things work. Image parts always have a rectangular outline, those that don't look rectangular are just defining transparent edges.

Thanks ofnuts. Not the answer I was hoping for, but such is life Smile
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