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Simple layer resize

Sep 9, 2013, 10:15
Post: #1
Simple layer resize
Hi there

I am new to gimp and slowly learning but I am a bit stuck on something.

My end goal is to create simple bitmaps that only contain a bit of text in them in black and white.

To do this I am creating a new image and some default size.
I then add the text , set the background colour to black and the text colour to white and create my text.
I am using the snap to canvas edge and sit it up in a corner.
I then want to resize the who canvas to be the same size as the text block created and save the image. But this is where I am getting stuck/confused. Can someone give me some simple pointers on how to do this?
I have seen the crop tool and can select the area I want but cant figure out how to save this as a new canvas/image sized only to the size of the text.

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Sep 9, 2013, 11:43
Post: #2
RE: Simple layer resize
All sort of ways to do this. To be honest I would just dive in and use the crop tool without any setup

but here is one way if you want to be precise.

1. You might have to re-set the text tool dynamic box to get an exact fit around the text
2. Then I would use the color select tool just to select the bounds of the text layer.

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3. Once you have that selection you can to Image -> Guides -> Guides from selection
4. The crop tool will snap to the guides (but check the settings in the view menu)
5. Apply the crop tool, kill the selection if you have not already done so, save as an .xcf or export as png/jpg etc.

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Sep 9, 2013, 11:54
Post: #3
RE: Simple layer resize
HI there

Thanks very much for your help!

Got it sorted now. I was playing about the autocrop before but obviously not using it correctly.

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