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Text Tool blues...

May 16, 2014, 08:51 (This post was last modified: May 16, 2014 09:29 by richardpd.)
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Text Tool blues...
I seem to get problems with the text tool not working! Why?!
It should be simple enough...click on the text tool..click on the image and type my text BUT this does not always work for me and I often have to close GIMP and reopen and retry...it drives me NUTS! Why am I having this? Sometimes the text tool works and sometimes it doesn't!
See attached image that shows my effort trying to add text....
I'm grateful for helpful advice, and look forward to replies, thanks

I added my text to my image but only by closing GIMP, restarting it and reopening the image and then using the text tool which then worked...see screenshot.
This is rather inconvenient!
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May 16, 2014, 09:37
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RE: Text Tool blues...
Ok I see your additional info but that is not normal

That is an awful screenshot Smile Try the gimp File -> create -> screenshot tool

Are you saying that, as per the screenshot
With the text tool active and the on-canvas tool showing, you can not type anything that shows.
There is no text layer showing and there will not be until you type something.

You seem to have some yellow text in an earlier image. What is the difference between that and the current image? Change of font or font size?

Have you tried instead of on-screen entry using the text editor - its the tick box under the font size in the tool options. (clutching at straws here)

Plus usual info: Which OS and Gimp version (& where you got it from)

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May 16, 2014, 09:46 (This post was last modified: May 16, 2014 09:53 by richardpd.)
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RE: Text Tool blues...
Win 8 PC
Latest GIMP version

The text tool often will not allow me to add/type text on to the canvas/image!
I type text and get no response! The text tool appears active but gives no response
and I have to shut the GIMP program and restart and reopen the image,reselect Text tool and then type the text and voila it works!
There is something wrong here..the text tool should just work first time!

I now see the text editor check box. I will try using this in future and see if that works better. I will post back here to report my findings.
Many thanks for your help :-)
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May 16, 2014, 09:59
Post: #4
RE: Text Tool blues...
My approach...
1. Click the Text Tool,
2. Click the canvas and drag a text box to the approximate dimensions you require for the text.
3. Click inside your text box.
4. Type your text...
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May 16, 2014, 10:27
Post: #5
RE: Text Tool blues...
Hi fluffybunny2
Thanks for your input.
First time I tried your method I ran into the same snag I have had eg the text tool would not add text!
So I tried again but this time I checked the tick box "text editor" and typed the text using that and it worked fine. It looks like I will need to use the text editor to use my text tool successfully.
Many thanks :-)
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May 16, 2014, 10:49
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RE: Text Tool blues...
Just been re-installing a Win8 VM (expires after 90 days ) and Gimp 2.8.10

I have used this before and I know it works, tried the text tool, no problem with the text tool so I can only suppose it is some weird Win8 + updates thing.

It might be worth trying an (the) alternative Gimp build, from http://www.partha.com where there are versions for both 32 & 64 bit rather than the standard combined installer.

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May 16, 2014, 11:21
Post: #7
RE: Text Tool blues...
Hi richardpd,
Note:
After following the 4 steps above...
Remember the text you start typing will be displayed using the
current Font, Font size and Text Color that are displayed in the Text tool's 'tool options' dialog.
One possible reason you may not seeing anything as you type might be that the Font size is too small, or the color maybe the same as the background color.
Smile
To assist us further in diagnosing your issue, the next time you cannot type text into the text box, please provide a legible screenshot of the text tool's tool options dialog,
layers dialog and the canvas showing the text box.
Cheers
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