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Modify Text Color- Text to Path Question

Jun 16, 2012, 05:14 (This post was last modified: Jun 16, 2012 05:25 by Daduck.)
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Modify Text Color- Text to Path Question
I would like to take some text and modify the color of it toward the bottom of the text. This is to only change text color- not background.
I've found several docs including here saying
"In the toolbox at the bottom of the text tool option click "Path from text" ".
As well as the following Instruction:
   
It seem with this information I should be able to do it but I can't find Path from Text anywhere...... rrrrrrr
Can someone please help me with this?
then theres the idea of blend vs gradient.. which is which?

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Jun 16, 2012, 09:47
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RE: Modify Text Color- Text to Path Question
In 2.8 you produce a path from the text differently (IMHO an improvement from 2.6): right click on the text layer in the Layers list (must still be in Text form) and select "Text to path".

However since the Text tool produces the text on a transparent background, you can paint over the text (brush/bucket/blend....) and restrict that to the text by clicking the "alpha lock" box on top of the layers list (this button prevents painting from changing the transparency of pixels).

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And if you need a selection on the text, you can also use "Layer/Transparency/Alpha to selection".

Technically the "blend" is the tool (and its result), and a "gradient" is a series of color transitions. But since the purpose of the blend tools is to apply gradients, they tend to be used a bit interchangeably.

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Jun 17, 2012, 02:49
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RE: Modify Text Color- Text to Path Question
: right click on the text layer in the Layers list (must still be in Text form) and select "Text to path".--

How do I find the text layer? I'm a very experienced SW user, but I just can't do anything in Gimp. Your instructions both seem clear enough and specific enough, but as you describe it, I'm not getting the job done..... I'm very frustrated.. and I DO hate complaining. I just don't know what to do...
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Jun 17, 2012, 08:18
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RE: Modify Text Color- Text to Path Question
Open the Layers list (Ctrl-L). This is the most important window in Gimp...

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