[Gimp-user] Trouble selecting and moving text

I'm creating a CD panel + label design. I have a a color background
layer, I use the text tool to create a text layer, add the text. Then
since the text box with fonts is in the way of my view I open the move
tool. Many times I have trouble getting the move tool to select the
text and move it. It may select the background color or the whole
template guide underneath. I usually then look and see if the text
layer is selected over to the right. I try reselecting it.

If none of that works i go to the Selection tool and hit select all,
select none and keep trying different combinations until I finally get
the text to move. I run into this problem all the time with different
panels I'm working with in this CD panel template. Some panels have a
picture along with the text and color background.

Either I'm doing something wrong or there may be a quirk in GIMP and I
need the workaround. Or maybe I don't need the move tool if there is a
way of moving the text box with fonts is in the way of my view when
using the Text tool


Just the way Gimp handles layers, something to get used to.

1. With the text tool active and in the active text layer, hold the ctrl & alt
keys down, click and drag the text layer. see screenshot 01

2. Generally moving any layer using the move tool.

Gimp looks for the first solid pixel and moves the layer where it finds it. You
can see the active layer temporarily move if you click on transparency in the
layer you are working on. This can be very useful, saving time actively moving
between layers.

Of course, lots of transparency in text layers, so with the move tool active,
enable Move-the active-layer in the tool options. Click and drag the layer
around. see screenshot 02

rich: www.gimp-forum.net

* http://www.gimpusers.com/system/attachments/831/original/01-moveit.jpg
* http://www.gimpusers.com/system/attachments/832/original/02-moveit.jpg

rich404 (via www.gimpusers.com/forums)

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