Write Text in an Arc in the GIMP App

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Steps

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    You should have GIMP open and a document ready to use.
    You can refer to our other tutorials to find out exactly how to do that.
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    First, create a circular path by clicking "Ellipse Tool" in our toolbox on the left side of the screen.
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    Hold "Shift" and click and drag the cursor to create a circle on the canvas.
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    Release the mouse button and press "Enter" to apply the selection.
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    Then, click the third tab option, "Path", at the right-hand side of the screen.
    The option looks like a curve or line you achieve by using the "Pen Tool". It has the handles on each side of the anchor point.
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    If you can't find this tab, click "Windows" on the top left-hand side of the screen.
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    Move the cursor to "Dockable Dialogues" and click "Paths".
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    Click "Selection to Path".
    It is the small pink button at the bottom of the panel.
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    After that, Click "Selection".
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    To make "Selection" visible, click the box to the left of it.
    The box will have the eye.
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    Click "Select" in the menu.
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    Click "None".
    You can also press "Shift" + "Ctrl" + "A" on the keyboard to deselect everything.
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    To create the text click "Type Tool".
    This is the giant capital "A" in "Toolbox".
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    Now start typing.
    You can adjust the size, for example, to 80 pixels. Let's type "GIMP tutorial for beginners on VisiHow".
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    Finally, manipulate the text as desired.
    Triple-click to highlight the whole text in yellow.
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    Adjust the font size by typing the size manually.
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    Whilst the text is selected, right-click the text layer in "Layers" on the right-hand side of the screen.
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    Click "Text along Path".
    This will apply your text to the circle.
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    You can hide unwanted layers now by clicking on the eye icon.
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Questions and Answers

What do I do after I've got my arced text?

So I've got my text in an arc. What now? It looks like a wire frame. What happened to the full text with color? How do I fill it back in and move it to where I want it to end up?. I have tried: Nothing. The tutorial left me in the lurch.. I think it was caused by: Insufficient information.

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You probably did not keep the transparent window highlighted in the layers tab. I did the same thing and then realized this was my mistake.

How do I position curved text at the top of my circle?

I have achieved the text displayed in an arc but I want the text on top of my circle not to the left. . Please help!. I have tried: Tried to change the path. I think it was caused by: Not sure

Use the Move tool to position the text where you want it. This is not a drag and drop but instead actual alignment parameters. The Rotate Tool is used if you want to situate the text to look better.

Text is skewed off-centre along the path?

Hi there Freya,. . I'm trying to create text along a path, and I followed the great VisiHow article on how to do so. However, the text is skewed off-centre and I can't figure out how to move it to center. Manipulating the original un-pathed text doesn't seem to have any effect.. . Thanks,. . -Toby

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Use Gimp's Align Tool to move it to the center.

How do I create a custom path and not using the elliptical tool instead?

I'm trying to create text on a path of my choosing. Instead of an arc, I need it to bend horizontally like onto a soda can.

Gimp's Ellipse Tool is the best way to do this but you can refer to Gimp's Path doc to see what you can do via a custom path. There are still only 4 shapes to choose from but with trial and error you can figure out what looks best to you.

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How do you curve text in Gimp?

Can I get it to curve in a semicircle or just a full circle? Thanks.

This YouTube Tutorial shows you how to create curved text in the Gimp App.

How can I wrap my text in ellipse selection?

I was in number 10 step but it seems I cannot understand how to do it. I was an Adobe Photoshop user so I'm trying to find my way in Gimp using adobe terms.

Since you are familiar with Adobe it will be beneficial to physically watch how it is done in the Gimp App. You can do this following this YouTube Tutorial showing how to wrap text.

Trying to write text in a circle using gimp on windows 10?

Just want to write one sentence in a circle.

You can create the text in a circle following the article on this page. If you get stuck then refer to one of the YouTube tutorials posted in the QnA on this page. There is also a GIMP support forum online. Make sure you have the 2.8.16 version of GIMP as this is the compatible one for Windows 10.

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Creating Text in an Arc in the GIMP App?

I just wanted to say thanks for writing/editing an awesome tutorial! It is a very good explanation and very thorough. Keep up the great work!

The VisiHow community appreciates your feedback! Thanks!

See more questions like this: How do I move the text along the arc?

I'm wanting to make an evenly curved piece of text?

I'm wanting to make an evenly curved piece of text

Check out the YouTube Tutorials in the QnA portion of this page. There are a few ways you can create and align text with GIMP.

How can I make my text bold and black again, instead of a red outline?

My text is now off center on my circle path, and a red outline instead of black bold letters.. I have tried: I tried to fill the letters in using the fill option.. I think it was caused by: No idea.

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GIMPchat's Tutorial on customized text is perfect for you to read. They have posted step by step image examples for you.

I want to type some text in a circle so that the text is more or less the same length as the circumference of the circle?

I am having difficulty with controlling the font size. I can't work out big to make it to fit around the circle without trial and error but then it all goes horribly wrong if I change the font size!. I have tried: I have typed in one size, tried to fit it, found it wasn't big enough and then highlighted the text in the text box in order to increase the text size. But the font size kept reverting to a smaller value.. I think it was caused by: Mostly because I don't know what I am doing!

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