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Old 06-21-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default •How to Make Outlined Text On GIMP!•

Hi! I am going to teach you how to make outlined text on the GNU Image Manipulating Program, otherwise known as GIMP.

Okay, first step:

1. We're going to test out making an outlined text signature! Go to File-New and make sure your menu's like mine:
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This should be the result: Click the image to open in full size.

2. Go to your text menu on the toolbox (it's The bold black A). Select your font. I'm using The Only Exeption (it's a font I got off of dafont.com). Choose your color. (With outlines, I like to either have dark text with a light outline, light text with a dark outline, or light text with a darker outline, such as a white with a light purple.) This is how your menu should look: Click the image to open in full size.

*Don't pay attention to the little 4. That's my little weather thing. Ha ha!

3. Make a text box and enter your text:
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You change your size of text from the menu. Under your font drop menu, there's something that says "Size:" and there's 2 dropboxes: one with the size and one that should say "px". Just keep clicking on the up button for the font size.

This should be the product so far: Click the image to open in full size.

4. This is where it gets tricky. On your layers menu, there's an icon of a little piece of blank paper. Click that. That will make you a new layer. Make the layer menu like this: Click the image to open in full size.
Click OK and put the layer UNDER your text!
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5: Click on your text layer and make sure your still in the text menu. Click the little button at the bottom of the menu that says "Path from Text":
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6: Click "Select" and click "From Path":
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You should have marching ants around your text.: Click the image to open in full size.


7: Click " Select again and click "Grow":
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8. There should be a menu like this:
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Put either 3, 4, or 5 in the box. I prefer either 4 or five. DON'T do 1. It is very small.

9. This is size 5:
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Go now to bucket fill (the paint bucket) in the menu. Remember the colors I told you: dark to light, light to dark, or light to dark-light. Choose a color. I'm choosing gray. Make the menu like this:
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10. Click the BLANK SPACE INSIDE the marching ants: Click the image to open in full size.


11. This is what it should look like!: Click the image to open in full size.


12. Time to merge the two layers! Right click on your text layer. In the first column there is a choice to merge down. Click this:
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13: Your text layer is gone! Don't worry! It kind of glued itself to the outline layer. This is easier for you if you would ever make a banner and rotate it or move it.:
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14. Go to "File-Save As" and enter the name and save as a PNG. A box will come up asking you to merge the visible layers. Click ok and click save.

MY FINISHED PRODUCT!
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I'd love to see your finished product! If you want to post a picture of it, that's fine. If you have any questions, PM me! I'll be happy to answer them!

-♥, Emily

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Great tutorial! I'm sure GIMP users will find this very helpful. :]
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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What a fabulous guide! :claps: It was so easy to follow, great job in making it! I made this:

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I'm happy with it. Thank you!
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:23 PM   #4
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View Post Originally Posted by luv2writeNS
What a fabulous guide! :claps: It was so easy to follow, great job in making it! I made this:

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I'm happy with it. Thank you!
YAY! Amazing job! Happy to help!

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Great tutorial! I'm sure GIMP users will find this very helpful. :]
Thank you Taylor!
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:12 PM   #5
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Awesome guide!
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:48 PM   #7
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Thank you all! :'-)
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Great guide! Rep to you
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Awesome guide! This is what I made from it (:
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