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How to Insert Symbols to Your Text in GIMP

Updated May 31, 2017

Designers often use symbols, such as the copyright or registered trademark characters, within promotional art. The GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, facilitates this by allowing you to add symbols directly into the GIMP Text Editor instead of selecting them from a menu. To do this, you must enter the character's Unicode number. These numbers are cross-platform codes that describe every supported character, including foreign letters, geometric shapes and commonly used symbols.

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  1. Select the Text Tool in the Toolbox and click on the canvas to open the GIMP Text Editor.

  2. Press "Ctrl," "Shift" and "U" together on the keyboard.

  3. Type the Unicode number of the character you wish to insert, then press "Enter."

  4. Press "Close" on the GIMP Text Editor to view your text when you are finished.

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About the Author

Kylene Arnold is a freelance writer who has written for a variety of print and online publications. She has acted as a copywriter and screenplay consultant for Advent Film Group and as a promotional writer for Cinnamom Bakery. She holds a Bachelor of Science in cinema and video production from Bob Jones University.

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