Re: [Gimp-developer] something's starting, it is the text tool
- From: Thorsten Wilms <t_w_ freenet de>
- To: gimp-developer-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] something's starting, it is the text tool
- Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:49:37 +0100
On 01/26/2012 12:03 PM, peter sikking wrote:
‘text never is the main purpose in GIMP work (like it is in scribus
or libreOffice writer), it only plays a supporting role within
a graphical work’
I could see myself using text in GIMP for
- text in mockups
- as integral part of ... poster design
For mockups, I prefer Inkscape, these days. GIMP only wins for some
modifications of screenshots.
With annotations I mean simple text placed on images. Usually small and
without any effect or only effects like drop shadow or blurring the
background for better legibility. This is all about convenience: to not
have an additional export/import/export with another application involved.
For text as integral part of a poster (or similar setting), it's hard to
compete with the flexibility and rich functionality of vector graphics
applications like Inkscape. Reasons to use GIMP could be a need for
tricky blending and pixel-based effects like grungy edges.
That would be text that is primarily an element of a graphical
composition, then. In contrast to text where its exact shape and
placement are secondary. I would not speak of a supporting role, as the
text might well take center stage and/or be the backbone of the work.
Such text, that is all about explicit shapes and exact/direct placement,
is the opposite to the result of some raw string of text with a set of
formatting rules applied to it.
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