Gimp Quick Tip: Adding Stroke to Text

Here's my first Gimp Quick Tip for the blog. How to add a colored stroke around text! This can be used to add definition to text, and make it stand out more. So here's how to do it.

1. Add text to your document. A bolded font looks good with a stroke around it.

2. On the text layer, right click, and press "Alpha to Selection". This will create a selection around the text that will be used to create the stroke

3. After the selection is made, go to Select>Grow. Chose your grow amount, and the selection will grow.

4. Create a new layer below the text layer, and fill the selection with the stroke color. Deselect and there you have it, your newly stroked text!

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4 Responses to "Gimp Quick Tip: Adding Stroke to Text"

Anonymous said... May 10, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Awsome!!! Thanks helped alot

Starlight86 said... May 10, 2009 at 7:06 PM

tq albino for posting this one :)

The Albino1 said... May 10, 2009 at 8:34 PM

No problem, I got some more ideas planned,

Smeikx said... May 12, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Simple but usefull. Thanks.

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