Text Tool, Gimp tutorial
How to add text to a photo with Gimp to make memes or a funny strip.
Gimp has a powerful text tool, that is used to insert a text into an image
really easily. Adding a text to a photo can be useful or funny. You could need to
create a photo with a label for an ebay sale, or you may want to create
a facebook demotivational, a business card, a comic strip or anything else...
I decided to write a tutorial on how to use the text tool of Gimp to create a facebook demotivational, the result could be funnier, I know, but this is just an example, hope you will have better ideas =)
First of all, open the right photo. In this case I added a border, that has been created with a rectangular selection that has been reversed (Select - Invert) and finally filled with a pure black.
Another option is to increase the canvas size of your photo (Image - Canvas Size), increase values and then create a new Layer. Right Click - New Layer on Layers window, then fill with a black color. You should click left button on the new layer, hold down the left button, than drag new layer under the background.
Now is the moment to deepen all the parameters of the Text Tool of Gimp:
Select the "A" Icon (Text tool) in the toolbox of Gimp, you will notice that many parameters appears in the lower part of the toolbox.
Next you will see a screenshot, followed by a description of each parameter.
FONT: Click the "Aa" button to open a list of the different fonts of your operating system.
SIZE: Change the sixe of the text.
HINTING: Better quality to small texts, leave it ON.
FORCE AUTO-HINTER: Gives a better looking to the texts, turn it ON.
ANTIALIASING: Makes the borders smoother, leave it ON.
COLOR: Change the color of the text.
JUSTIFY: Change the alignement of the text (Left - Right - Centered - Filled).
INDENTATION OF THE FIRST LINE: Moves to the right the first line.
ADJUST LINE SPACING: Increases the space between lines of the text.
ADJUST LETTER SPACING: Increases the space between each letter of text.
Set the various parameters until you are satisfied, then draw a rectangle where you want to insert the text (left click - Hold left and draw - Release). This will generate a "dashed rectangle", that is a new layer where you can write anything you want.
When you have finished to write your text, you will be able to handle the Text as a normal layer, so you are able to move it, or apply any filter to it. For a better understanding next you can see a short Youtube's video tutorial made by me.
I hope that now the Text Tool of Gimp has no secrets for you.