How to make text wrap around an irregular shape in gimp

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How to make text wrap around an irregular shape in gimp
Easily create text in any shape. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

GIMP is a free application for tasks such as image composition and photograph retouching. It is often used as an alternative to Adobe's Photoshop. GIMP was created in 1995. As of May 2011, GIMP was up to version 2.6. Creating shapes and text is simple to do in GIMP, as it has a comprehensive toolbar. Wrapping text around shapes is also possible.

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  1. 1

    Create a new layer by clicking the icon that looks like a piece of paper in the "Layers" toolbox.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Path Tool," which looks like a pen tip with a vertical line next to it, and draw your desired shape.

  3. 3

    Adjust the line width. Right-click on your path and click "Stroke Path." Adjust the number in the "Line width" box.

  4. 4

    Click the "Text' option; the button looks like a bold, black "A." Choose the desired text colour in the top of the two boxes immediately below the tool buttons.

  5. 5

    Type your desired text in the "Text Editor" toolbox.

  6. 6

    Right click on the text's layer in the "Layers" toolbox and choose "Text to Selection."

  7. 7

    Align the text to the shape. Right-click on the text's layer in the "Layer" toolbar and choose "Text along Path."

  8. 8

    Create a new layer beneath the text's layer. With the new layer selected, click the green down arrow to move the layer beneath the text's layer.

  9. 9

    Fill your layer with a colour or a gradient by clicking on the Paint Bucket or Gradient tool, selecting your colour, and clicking on the image.

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