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Resizing Text

Feb 2, 2011, 13:29
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Resizing Text
How do you re-size (or change the font of) existing text? I've tried several ways of selecting the text, and going back into editing mode, but nothing seems to work.
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Feb 2, 2011, 15:00
Post: #2
RE: Resizing Text
If the text isn't in a text layer, there is nothing much you can do. If you want to change the font, you can as well replace it with a fresh new text layer in which you retype the text.

If you still have the text layer, the layer selected in the Layers dialog, plus the text tool, plus clicking twice on the text in the image activates the text editing dialogs.

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Feb 2, 2011, 16:47
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RE: Resizing Text
(Feb 2, 2011 15:00)ofnuts Wrote:  If the text isn't in a text layer, there is nothing much you can do. If you want to change the font, you can as well replace it with a fresh new text layer in which you retype the text.
Thanks, I suspected as much.
(Feb 2, 2011 15:00)ofnuts Wrote:  If you still have the text layer, the layer selected in the Layers dialog, plus the text tool, plus clicking twice on the text in the image activates the text editing dialogs.
That's the problem. If you do almost anything to the layer, the Text layer gets converted to a regular layer and then you can't do anything to the text but start over. I guess the message here is PLAN AHEAD!
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Feb 2, 2011, 17:04
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RE: Resizing Text
Well, Gimp is a bitmap editor, and keeping the text as text is really a vector thing.

However, remember that you can always transform the text into a selection or even better into a path, and save it and transform it... For instance if you want to transform text (scale/shear/rotate...) instead of transforming the text layer in a bitmap and act on it, which leads to suboptimal anti-aliasing, you can apply the tools to the path and stroke the path when done, so the anti-aliasing is performed taking the transformation in account (the text remains sharp after rotation, for instance)

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Feb 2, 2011, 19:02
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RE: Resizing Text
Well, that works, but instead of getting a solid text like I had before, I now get an outline of the text. Then I have to select and bucket fill each character. Is there an easier way?
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Feb 2, 2011, 19:17
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RE: Resizing Text
(Feb 2, 2011 19:02)kaloua3 Wrote:  Well, that works, but instead of getting a solid text like I had before, I now get an outline of the text. Then I have to select and bucket fill each character. Is there an easier way?
Stroke path (sometimes you just want an outline), or "select/from path" and bucket-fill the selection (or use a gradient)...

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Feb 2, 2011, 19:32
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RE: Resizing Text
Great! That works fine. Thanks.
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Feb 2, 2011, 21:32 (This post was last modified: Feb 2, 2011 21:34 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Resizing Text
Actually the different in sharpness is quite noticeable.

For the first attachment:
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  • Create a text layer
  • Change it to a plain layer
  • Rotate the plain layer

For the second attachment:
[attachment=138]
  • Create an identical text layer
  • Extract the path,
  • Delete the text layer
  • Rotate the path (same amount & center as above)
  • Create selection from path
  • Bucket-fill the selection

Load them both in Gimp and by playing with the visibility of the top one you'll quickly realize that the rotated path looks sharper. If you set the top layer to difference mode you see an outline that proves that their borders are different.

I also tried to rotate the text layer directly, hoping that Gimp would rotate the text before changing it to a plain layer, but alas it produces results identical to the rotation after going to plain layer.

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