Having a frustrating problem with text along path. First I create a curved path, then I go to the text tool and type in some text, then right click the text box and select text along path. For some reason regarless of the color or font I choose it is always red and outlined like in the screen shots. How do I change this? I just want regular solid black text.

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Version: Windows GIMP 2.8.0

  • What GIMP version are you using?
    – cxw
    Aug 20, 2014 at 15:31
  • Ah sorry forgot to add version. I'll add it to my post. Aug 20, 2014 at 15:32

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The red text doesn't actually exist yet as pixels! What you are seeing is the GIMP path created when you select "Text to Path." To make the text appear, click on an image layer (not the layer with your text box). Then go to the Paths panel and click on the path named after your text. Then select Edit | Stroke Path or hit the swirly+paintbrush at the bottom of the Paths panel. Pick how heavy you want your text and press "Stroke" to render the pixels of your text-on-path.

Example: After text-to-path, I see this:

After text to path

Note the red "foo bar bat," just like you are seeing. I go to Layers and select the Background, which is an image layer:

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I then go to Paths, select the path, and hit Stroke:

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And voila!

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Per your followup question, the easiest way I know of to fill the text is to right-click on the text path in the Paths panel and choose "Path to Selection" (or hit the red square fifth from left at the bottom of the Paths panel). That will select the interior of your letters. You can then select one of the Fill options from the Edit menu. For example, after a fill with foreground color:

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(note that the selection marching ants are visible in this screenshot).

Remember to pick the order (stroke then fill, or fill then stroke) based on the effect you want. The fill will overwrite the inner half of the stroke since the stroke is centered on the path.

  • Ok so I finally got that far, but how do I make the curved text solid? As you have in your own screen shot the curved text is hollow or whatever you call that text style. Aug 20, 2014 at 16:12
  • Updated. Would you please click the check mark at the top of this answer to accept this as the official answer? That way the question won't show up on the "unanswered" lists. Thanks!
    – cxw
    Aug 20, 2014 at 16:40

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