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Vertical text

Sep 28, 2013, 01:03
Post: #1
Vertical text
I've been having some trouble finding how to do this. I am currently going on the assumption that there is a way to do it, and I am simply unable to find it.

I'd like to enter vertical text:
L
I
K
E

T
H
I
S

But I would like to avoid the obvious problems of having to manually return between each character and adjust all the spacing. It is time consuming, and due to the existence of languages that are (or can be) written right to left in columns, I assume Gimp supports this.

Thank for your time.
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Sep 28, 2013, 10:58
Post: #2
RE: Vertical text
The above is the best way but you can get the occasional sideways font.
Enter the text, rotate the text layer 90 deg.
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Sep 28, 2013, 12:16
Post: #3
RE: Vertical text
Okay, thank, you very much for the replies. I suppose I'll just use Inkscape.
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Sep 28, 2013, 13:08
Post: #4
RE: Vertical text
Thank you for the recommendation. My primary purpose is a bit of fan translation, so much of my trouble is fitting L->R English text in a narrow T->B Japanese hole.
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Sep 28, 2013, 13:20
Post: #5
RE: Vertical text
If you see this

I found an easy quick way (I think I solved your manual enter/return for letters)!

  1. First click text tool Text
  2. Under 'tool options' make sure "Fixed" is selected. Box: [Fixed___V]
  3. Then make text bounding box the width of widest letter.
  4. Also pull the text bounding box down however long you need it (you'll need to experiment with how many letters you can fit vertically on the canvas)
  5. After, when you type away, the letters will automatically be under eachother.
  6. (Optional) If you want the text to read up, do the same above steps and then click the rotate tool, click the text.


If you need an example, let me know & I can make a quick gif of the process.

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