Re: [Gimp-developer] something's starting, it is the text tool

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
- annotations
- 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.

Thorsten Wilms

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