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Rotating text as individual layers

Mar 24, 2012, 11:10
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Rainbow Rotating text as individual layers
Hi, last week I followed the tutorial linked below to successfully create cartoon text.

My Macbook was then updated to Lion and I checked I had the latest version of GIMP and have been trying all morning to create some more text in the same manner.

However no matter what I do when I select the layer that contains the single letter and I try to rotate it nothing happens?

If I do Alpha to Selection the selection rotates but then I cant do anything with it, stoke fill etc?

To clarify this is what I do:

Create a word
select a letter in the word
ctrl-x
ctrl-v
select new layer
name the new layer to match the letter just cut and pasted
ensure that layer is selected
choose rotate tool
....no rotation takes place?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETuS596oGVE
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Mar 24, 2012, 12:48
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RE: Rotating text as individual layers
(Mar 24, 2012 11:10)wasabie Wrote:  Hi, last week I followed the tutorial linked below to successfully create cartoon text.

My Macbook was then updated to Lion and I checked I had the latest version of GIMP and have been trying all morning to create some more text in the same manner.

However no matter what I do when I select the layer that contains the single letter and I try to rotate it nothing happens?

If I do Alpha to Selection the selection rotates but then I cant do anything with it, stoke fill etc?

To clarify this is what I do:

Create a word
select a letter in the word
ctrl-x
ctrl-v
select new layer
name the new layer to match the letter just cut and pasted
ensure that layer is selected
choose rotate tool
....no rotation takes place?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETuS596oGVE
make sure the rotate tool is in "Transform layer" mode:
[attachment=1042]

And also make sure that you have no selection active (Ctrl-Shift-A).

If this doesn't help, pleas post a screenshot with your Layers list.

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Mar 24, 2012, 13:18
Post: #3
RE: Rotating text as individual layers
"make sure the rotate tool is in "Transform layer" mode:"

Thank you so much! you have saved my sanity! That fixed it ;-)
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Mar 24, 2012, 14:33
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RE: Rotating text as individual layers
(Mar 24, 2012 13:18)wasabie Wrote:  "make sure the rotate tool is in "Transform layer" mode:"

Thank you so much! you have saved my sanity! That fixed it ;-)
In fact, to rotate text, you should do it differently. Rotating a bitmap always blurs its edges a little bit and does non-optimal stuff with its anti-aliasing pixels (and each rotation takes its toll on sharpness, so you have better get it right the first time). For very "sharp" results, you should obtain a "path" for each character ("Path from text" button in the Text tool). You can then rotate/scale/move this path at will (Rotate tool in "Transform path" mode) and when you are happy you get a selection from the path and bucket-fill it.

From left to right:

- Original character from the Text tool
- Duplicate layer and rotate 15° (bitmap rotation)
- Path from text, rotate path 15°, select from path, and bucket-fill selection.

[attachment=1043]

(click on picture for full-size).

Choose wisely Smile

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Mar 24, 2012, 14:49
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RE: Rotating text as individual layers
ooooh nice!!! even better, again THANKS ;-)
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