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GIMP - Text & path tracing - [ID:779] (5/11)

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video tutorial by gasto, added 07/08

Series ID: 282 Video ID: 779

We create a text layer, we then transform it into a path and align it to a curve path we created, with just one command menu: 'align text to path'. We then adjusted the resulting path to the middle of the image and started tracing a series of brush strokes using colour gradient (sfumato). We iterate a few more times, but changing opacity and scale of the brush stroke, so as to create the illusion of shadow and fusion with the background. We also change the brush type to confetti, in order to create a confetti effect. Experimentation is always recommended to create more complex effects. For example how about trying the neon filter between any of the thin strokes...

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18. maccosmeticswholesalers mac makeup 12pcs brushes c 1 Sat, 31 Jul 2010 05:01

I enjoyed the Path GIMP tutorial of Changing

text to a path and stroking it.

I have never used the path tool this way so thank you. I did have a little trouble because the picture of the GIMP weren't in English. But I did learn something.

thankyou for your time, i am new to gimp, and this helped me a lot with staring to understand the paths

16. mbt germany vertrieb gmbh Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:02

Good intro what can be done with GIMP. congratulations.

15. Marlboro Gold Original Tue, 26 Jan 2010 07:02

Great video. Thanks.

14. marinir seo Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:56

THANK YOU so much for this tutorial! I will be back to look at more tutorials. I watched Text and Path Tracing, this is the only one I have found online that really showed all the steps and helped me very much. Thank you again!

Best Regards,


13. anonymous Fri, 25 Dec 2009 14:54

Good tutorial, terrible audio---but it made me concentrate. I did not know that one could convert text to vector path. Interesting that you translate 'path' to 'route'. It gives me a little better understanding of the paths tools.


12. anonymous Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:30

Thankful to see this in action and to understand how to be able to see the text after vectorizing it and fitting it to a curve. Thanks.

11. anonymous Sun, 05 Jul 2009 15:22

Thanks for this tutorial. I would split it into 2 separate tutorials : one on how to create a path and write text along it and a second one on how to apply effect on the text. It seems to me these are two different subjects. Thanks however, it has helped me

10. anonymous Sun, 07 Jun 2009 20:11

Very userful tutorial for a beginner like me. I can't afford photoshop, and GIMP is really good. Thank you very much for this wonderful tutorial

Please keep it up.



9. anonymous Tue, 12 May 2009 16:10

Verry nice tutorial. Thanks

8. anonymous Sat, 18 Apr 2009 09:08

This was a good tutorial, and I enjoyed it. My one "complaint" would be that while the creator speaks English well, and I could understand everything, the menus were not set to English in GIMP itself, so that part was a little harder to follow along with.

Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge with the rest of us! :-)

7. anonymous Tue, 14 Apr 2009 11:57

Thanks. Some help. Still struggling.

6. anonymous Mon, 25 Aug 2008 11:06

Review of GIMP - Text & path tracing -

You are awesome, thank you for posting this! I was reading a text tutorial that was trying to explain this technique, but I totally didn't get it, but now after watching your vid, I can do it! And I love your accent. ;-)

That link to the image showing a screenshot of the text tool's dialog, in which you can choose from left, right, or justified alignment.

4. anonymous Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:20

I was looking for a method to position the text accurately on the path/route. In the example video, the text appears to be left-justified. How can it be center-justified?

Hello JZA.

I've been trying to follow some documentation on python GIMP plug-in, but this is all I found:

As you can see it is not beginner friendly. But I do plan on making some experimentation with python-fu . It seems to be easy to experiment with and best of all, it lends itself to repetitive tasks, such as iterative manipulation with filters(with small parameter changes).

Anyways, I hope I do make some python-fu tutorial, I just can't promise it.

I see you know python and gimp. any chances on getting a python-fu class on scripting on gimp?

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