Quickly and Easily Outlining Text in GIMP 2 [3 Easy Steps]

outline text in gimp 2

Here’s a quick 3-step method for outlining text in GIMP 2.

GIMP is the most popular photo manipulation and image editing package for Linux.

Many tutorials go through a long-winded process of converting the text to paths and expanding selections, but in the end, if you want quick results, this is the method to use.

Step 1: Write some text using the text tool

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 - Step 1

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 – Step 1

Click on the text tool in the toolbox, and write some text to outline.

Step 2: Select the Text by Colour

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 - Step 2

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 – Step 2

Click and hold down on the ‘Fuzzy Select Tool’ (more commonly known as the ‘Magic Wand’ tool) and change it from ‘Fuzzy Select’ to ‘Select By Colour’.

Click inside the text border (i.e. on the text itself) and all of the text will be selected, ready for outlining.

Next, select the color for the outline by changing the Foreground Colour in the toolbox.

Step 3: Add a Stroke to the Selection

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 - Step 3A

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 – Step 3A

 

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 - Step 3B

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2 – Step 3B

With the text now selected and your foreground color set to the border color you wish to use, click on the Edit menu and then Stroke Selection

Adjust the Line Width to the width of the outline you want and hit Stroke

Result!

Adding A Text Outling in GIMP2

Your text is now outlined!

For more on how to perform common tasks in Linux apps, click here!

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Brad Morton

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