Saturday, September 24, 2016

GIMP Beginner Tutorial: SIMPLE Vectorized Outlined Text

How To Create Outlined Text In Three Simple Steps 

(using GIMP 2.8.18)

Step 1: 

Open a drawing of any size, it doesn't matter if there is a white background or transparency. Activate the Text Tool and select ANY text of your choice, and size of your choice (larger font works best). Type in the word or name of your choosing. Here I am using Komika Axis font, at 169px, on a 800 x 600 white background.

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Step 2:

See the image above:
Right click the text layer - Text To Path
Right click the text layer - Layer To Image Size
You should now have a path of the text on a full image layer:

Step 3:

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Employing the use of Stroke Path on the Path layer, you get some interesting outlines to which is only is limited to your own imagination.

Right click the text you intend to outline, select Stroke Path. Think BIG.

Make the Line Width around 20 - 30px in size (it will stroke in the color of your foreground selection (top color box), so be sure to change the foreground color, even if you have the Stroke Path dialog open.

Here are some examples of my stroked outlines on selected Text layer:

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You can go even further beyond adding more path layers by selecting and inverting the stroked text, and then stroking that path as well.

In the example above, I simply reselected the original path layer for the text I chose, filled it with a lighter purple color, then right clicked the path layer again, and stroked it with a much lighter purple color at about 4px.


Please comment with any questions or troubleshooting questions.