Re: [Gimp-user] Selection problems

On 10/13/2012 10:55 AM, lost_shinigami wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am a new user and this is my second day using GIMP. I am doing this 
( tutorial using GIMP in stead of 

The first day went slow because I usually don't use editing software like GIMP, but today I encountered some 
difficulties I can't seem to solve.

My problem:

After I created a curved path, I make a text and let it follow the curved path I just created. This goes 
well, but I want my text filled. To do this I try to select my text using the 'path to selection' option I 
get after right clicking the text-path in the toolbox. After I did this I get an outline of the text, but it 
isn't a moving kind of selection (with Moving I mean the moving outlines). The outline of the selection is 
static. Since I have the static outlines, i am unable to fill the text using the bucket feature (it gives a 
circle with a line through it).

I succeeded in filling the text-paths of two other images so I am wondering what I am doing wrong. I watched 
multiple tutorial video's on the making of a curved text and I am doing everything just fine. The only 
difference is that they have a moving outline and my outline is static. What could be the cause of this? If 
more information is needed, I'll gladly give it. I am using GIMP 2.8.2

Check your Layers. I think that what is happening is this;

- you create the curve path somewhere in the image
- you create the text anywhere, possibly far from the curve (because you don't want it in the way) - your invoke "text to path" so you get a text path where your put the guide curve
- your invoke "path so selection" to create a selection from that path
- but your active layer is still the "Text" layer you created with the text tool, far form the curve, and therefore outside of the selection, and this is why the dotted selection outline is static. In other words there is no pixel in your active layer which is also inside the selection so nothing can happen. - the fix: create a new layer to receive the fill, or select your actual target layer.

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