How to Make Text Go Vertically in GIMP

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How to Make Text Go Vertically in GIMP
GIMP is a powerful imaging editing program that you can download for free. (Burke/Triolo Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

GIMP is a multifunctional image editing program that can be used to retouch photos and create graphics. The software runs on Unix, Windows and Mac operating systems and can be downloaded for free from the company's website. GIMP has a wide range of text-editing tools, including the ability to rotate text. Creating vertical text in an image is as simple as adding a text box and rotating it manually.

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  1. 1

    Open GIMP. Create a new image by clicking File in the top left corner and selecting "New..." in the drop-down menu. Or, open the image you'd like to edit by clicking "Open" in the menu and choosing the image file.

  2. 2

    Activate the Text Tool by clicking the "A" that appears in the toolbox menu.

  3. 3

    Create a text box by clicking anywhere on the image.

  4. 4

    Type in the text you'd like to appear vertically on your image and click "Close" in the Text Editor dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Activate the Rotate tool by clicking the appropriate icon in the Toolbox menu. It appears just above the text tool icon.

  6. 6

    Click on the text you entered. You can either drag the cursor around the screen to rotate it into position, or use the Rotate dialogue box that appears to alter the angle degree. Simply change the value to 90 degrees or negative 90 degrees to make the text vertical.

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