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Text Colour?

Jul 24, 2011, 20:11
Post: #1
Text Colour?
Hello,

I'm currently trying to use the text tool so I can colour a line of text in two differing colours.

However when I highlight the characters I want to change the whole line changes.

How do I change the colour of specific characters in a line of text?

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Jul 24, 2011, 20:36
Post: #2
RE: Text Colour?
(Jul 24, 2011 20:11)track02 Wrote:  Hello,

I'm currently trying to use the text tool so I can colour a line of text in two differing colours.

However when I highlight the characters I want to change the whole line changes.

How do I change the colour of specific characters in a line of text?

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You have to create several different "texts" and color them. But it's quite easy:

  1. create your monochrome complete text
  2. duplicate the layer for each color your want to use
  3. in each layer do a rough selection around the characters you don't want and erase them (this operation changes the "text layer" into a plain layer.
  4. cancel selection
  5. for each layer:
    1. make the layer active
    2. set the foreground color to the required color
    3. lock the layer transparency channel ('lock' checkbox at top of the layers menu)
    4. bucket-fill the whole layer. The painting will only apply to non-transparent parts, ie, the letters.
  6. merge down the layers when finished, if necessary


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Jul 24, 2011, 20:54
Post: #3
RE: Text Colour?
Worked perfectly, thank you.

Seems a bit of a strange method though, any idea why you can't just highlight characters and change colour?
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Jul 24, 2011, 21:48
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RE: Text Colour?
(Jul 24, 2011 20:54)track02 Wrote:  Seems a bit of a strange method though, any idea why you can't just highlight characters and change colour?
Because that's the way it has been designed... You want to change colors, but other people would want to change font/style, and then the text tool becomes a complete word processor... Furthermore the painting of the characters is really an extra. The real use of the text tools is to produce a text path...

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