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Letter shaped holes

Nov 6, 2013, 12:25
Post: #1
Letter shaped holes
Hello -
I would like to know how to make text holes in a shape. For example, a black square with the word "Allez" on it will cut through the black square revealing the color below it.
Any ideas? Thanks!
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Nov 6, 2013, 13:15
Post: #2
RE: Letter shaped holes
Not difficult if you think about what you are doing.

1. Add a transparent layer, that is the little green + icon bottom of the layers dialog
2. Either fill the layer with black or make a selection and fill that with black.
3. Add a text layer and size/position it. Not a bad idea to use some colour other than black.
screenshot http://i.imgur.com/zdrm0Md.jpg
4. Right click in the Text dialog to bring up the context menu and select 'Path from Text'
screenshot http://i.imgur.com/YTdrrYM.jpg
5. Now you have to switch to the paths dialog and choose 'Path to selection'
screenshot http://i.imgur.com/yGtZSsS.jpg
6. To finish off, back to the layers dialog,
turn off the text layer visibility
select the black 'square' layer
cut the selection (Edit -> cut or ctrl-x)
turn off the selection (Selection menu -> none)
screenshot http://i.imgur.com/miaV1SD.jpg
7. Save as an xcf file incase you want to edit at a later date, when finally complete export as a png.

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Nov 6, 2013, 13:44
Post: #3
RE: Letter shaped holes
No, not missing anything, you can also do a colour select on the text layer
but ... why not have a path ...

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Nov 6, 2013, 18:36
Post: #4
RE: Letter shaped holes
As ever you are correct, a comparison between a colour select on the text transparency (blue) and a text-to-path then selection from path (red)

[Image: 7qwD75t.jpg]

Definitely more jaggies on the blue side. Thank you for the correction.

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Nov 7, 2013, 09:12 (This post was last modified: Nov 7, 2013 09:14 by rich2005.)
Post: #5
RE: Letter shaped holes
(Nov 6, 2013 18:47)ofnuts Wrote:  Wondering if the Blue-White-Red was intentional Smile

I do not know what you mean....Undecided

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