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Text won't fill box. HELP!

May 23, 2014, 15:48
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Text won't fill box. HELP!
Hi, I'm having a problem with creating text in 2.8

I was able to create and manipulate text appropriately in one image (I still have no problems with that image if I open it again), but all other images are giving this problem:

When I create a text box and begin entering text, the text will fill about 1/3 of the box before moving to the next line. I've tried changing every setting I can find, scoured the internet for days, restarted GIMP, restarted my computer, and renamed the image. It makes no sense.

In addition, the letters are coming out narrower than they should. These problems are independent of font, text size, etc...

Please help me!
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May 23, 2014, 16:13
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Is the problem independent of the font used?

What OS and Gimp version are you using?

Can you post a screenshot of the Tool options dialog when the text tool is active?

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May 23, 2014, 16:18
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Reinstalling rarely does any good. Better to use Edit -> Preferences -> Tool Options -> Reset and start from fresh.

First thing to try is the Text box mode.
Fixed will wrap the text. Drag the handles to resize.
or
Dynamic is one long line until you 'enter' to make a line break or drag the box handles which turns it into fixed mode. You can change back in the tool options.

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May 23, 2014, 16:25 (This post was last modified: May 23, 2014 16:25 by drbrickhouse.)
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Yes, the problem is independent of the font used

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and GIMP 2.8.10

Here's a link to the screenshot:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_EBPCi...sp=sharing

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(May 23, 2014 16:13)ofnuts Wrote:  Is the problem independent of the font used?

What OS and Gimp version are you using?

Can you post a screenshot of the Tool options dialog when the text tool is active?
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May 23, 2014, 16:29
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RE: Text won't fill box. HELP!
I've tried all of those things. I need to be able to used fixed rather than dynamic.

Thanks

(May 23, 2014 16:18)rich2005 Wrote:  Reinstalling rarely does any good. Better to use Edit -> Preferences -> Tool Options -> Reset and start from fresh.

First thing to try is the Text box mode.
Fixed will wrap the text. Drag the handles to resize.
or
Dynamic is one long line until you 'enter' to make a line break or drag the box handles which turns it into fixed mode. You can change back in the tool options.

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May 23, 2014, 17:37
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Wonder if this is one of those weird side effects of the Unity DE? Have you tried an alternative KDE, xfce .. E17

Quote: ...I need to be able to used fixed rather than dynamic.

That might well be the case but is there any difference using dynamic with hard line breaks?

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May 24, 2014, 05:55
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I'm a newbie but...
What happens when you click the "filled" justified on the far right

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May 27, 2014, 17:27
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Good thought about Unity, but I just tried with GNOME and had no luck. Let me clarify on the dynamic/fixed: yes, I could use dynamic, but the problem isn't just that the letters won't fill the whole box. There's also the issue of the letters being much narrower than they should.

I've been doing a little more experimentation, and I'm convinced that the issue is linked to specific images (but I don't know what property would cause it or how to change it).

It appears to me that the letters are appearing about 1/3 of their normal width and that they fill about 1/3 of a fixed box before starting a new line, which leads me to believe that they are visually incorrect, but that GIMP is understanding them to be their normal width. If they were at their normal width, they would fill the entire box. Am I making sense?

Thanks again.

(May 23, 2014 17:37)rich2005 Wrote:  Wonder if this is one of those weird side effects of the Unity DE? Have you tried an alternative KDE, xfce .. E17

Quote: ...I need to be able to used fixed rather than dynamic.

That might well be the case but is there any difference using dynamic with hard line breaks?
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May 27, 2014, 17:28
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No changes at all... But thanks

(May 24, 2014 05:55)Barbie Wrote:  I'm a newbie but...
What happens when you click the "filled" justified on the far right

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May 27, 2014, 17:50
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(May 27, 2014 17:27)drbrickhouse Wrote:  I've been doing a little more experimentation, and I'm convinced that the issue is linked to specific images (but I don't know what property would cause it or how to change it).

It appears to me that the letters are appearing about 1/3 of their normal width and that they fill about 1/3 of a fixed box before starting a new line, which leads me to believe that they are visually incorrect, but that GIMP is understanding them to be their normal width. If they were at their normal width, they would fill the entire box. Am I making sense?

Yep that makes sense but I can not offer a solution Wink You show the Sans font which should be bog standard in linux. Does the text convert to a path with the same effect? ie. too narrow.

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May 27, 2014, 18:22
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Very interesting. I hadn't thought about that. When I convert to a path, the path renders correctly

(May 27, 2014 17:50)rich2005 Wrote:  
(May 27, 2014 17:27)drbrickhouse Wrote:  I've been doing a little more experimentation, and I'm convinced that the issue is linked to specific images (but I don't know what property would cause it or how to change it).

It appears to me that the letters are appearing about 1/3 of their normal width and that they fill about 1/3 of a fixed box before starting a new line, which leads me to believe that they are visually incorrect, but that GIMP is understanding them to be their normal width. If they were at their normal width, they would fill the entire box. Am I making sense?

Yep that makes sense but I can not offer a solution Wink You show the Sans font which should be bog standard in linux. Does the text convert to a path with the same effect? ie. too narrow.
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May 27, 2014, 18:49
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Had a look around without coming up with much.

I would check that you have the freetype, freetype2 packages installed. I saw one report of them missing in a 'buntu.
then
Might be worth asking the question in an Ubuntu forum.

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May 27, 2014, 23:23
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Hinting:
Just my 2 cents, but try with the font selected/highlighted. (drag your mouse over the text like in word, or click the blinking line before to the first letter, then hold shift and keyboard arrow right until its all selected.)

Then click the different options under "Hinting" in the font/text "Tool options"

Does this make the font normalized/more bolder?
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Jun 4, 2014, 08:13
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Just in case anyone comes here looking for solutions
This is probably the cause.

The canvas is made with different horizontal and vertical resolutions. File -> New -> Advanced -> x/y resolution.

   

This example, the text is rendered 'compressed' while a path-from-text shows how the text should appear.

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