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GIMP Tutorial: Wrap Text Around A Circle



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this is Nick with logos by Nick comm and

in today's tutorial I'll be

demonstrating how you can take text and

wrap it around a circle using so

let's go ahead and get started here in a

game the first thing I want to do is

create a new document so we'll go to

file new and I'm gonna size this

document at 1280 by 1280 pixels I'll

come down here to Advanced Options and

we just want to make sure where we have

background color set to where it says

filled with so just go ahead and choose

background color should be there by

default but if not go ahead and select

that then go ahead and click OK and

we're gonna have this new document here

now I'm just gonna zoom out a little bit

so I can see the entirety of the canvas

I'm gonna hold ctrl and roll down the

mouse-wheel a couple of times just so I

could zoom out and see that and what I

want to do now is add some guides to the

document so I'll go to view no I'm sorry

we'll go to image guides a new guide by

% and I want to choose vertical and 50%

and go ahead and click OK and it's gonna

put a vertical guide and halfway through

the page and it'll do the same thing

horizontally so go to image guides new

guide by percent and I'll choose

horizontal and again 50% go ahead and

click OK and you should now have two

guides horizontally and vertically going

halfway through the page dividing it

into fours like that and then finally I

just wanna come over here to where it

says view and make sure we have snap to

guides selected it should be set there

by default but just go ahead and check

that anyway just to make sure it's

rather important so once we've done that

what we can do is we can grab the

circles and ellipses tool or just the

ellipse tool rather ellipse select tool

click on that and bring the cursor over

to the intersecting area between the two

guides and then click and drag to

creates to start creating an ellipse and

then hold ctrl + shift so it makes a

perfectly symmetrical ellipse like that

and then release it somewhere about

halfway through the page right about

there is pretty good and once we've done

that I'm gonna go to select and I'm

going to choose two paths and that's

gonna create a path from the selection

and what we could do now is go to select

none and then we can come over here to

our layers menu and at the top of the

layers manual you'll see

three different boxes one that says

layers this one that says channels and

this one that says pads we want to go

ahead and click on that box that says

Tad's and it's going to show us the pads

that we have which is this one that we

just created I'm gonna click on the

eyeball icon over here to activate that

so we can now see that red circle that

is our circular path and we're gonna be

wrapping our text around that path so

let me click back on the layers a box to

get back to our layers and I'm gonna

grab the text tool now and I'm gonna

create two lines of text one line of

text is gonna wrap around the top

portion of the circle and the other line

of text is gonna wrap around the bottom

portion of the circles so we're gonna

create two separate lines of text we're

not gonna create it all on one line we

have to do it separately so to do that

we have the text tool go ahead and

choose your font over here you can click

on this I'm just using leap gothic I

already have the size set 107 you can

adjust the size to make it fit

accordingly I'm using 107 spacing you

may have to adjust the spacing a bit as

well I'm keeping mine at 5 go ahead and

write some text here for the sake of

this tutorial I'm using the words wrap

your text and again you could double

click it to select everything and then

you could change the size over here you

can change the spacing and so on and

once you've done that that's for the top

I'm gonna come down here and create some

more text the bottom line is gonna be

around a circle now let me just grab the

move tool and bring that out of the way

I'm gonna bring this oops wrong thing

I'm gonna grab the text and just move

this out of the way it doesn't matter

where it is I just would rather be away

from that circle it makes life easier so

once we've done that I'm gonna take the

bottom line which is around a circle

which is this layer up here and I'm

gonna right click that and I'm gonna go

to text a long path and if you notice

it's gonna create a path going along the

bottom or the inside of the circle like

that and once we've done that I can turn

off the visibility of that text layer

because we don't need that anymore and

I'm gonna create a new layer with this

button that says create a new layer and

edits the image we're gonna use

transparency go ahead and click OK and

what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna come back

over to this pads man

and you're gonna notice there's gonna be

a new path created from that text and

I'm gonna right-click that layer and go

to path to selection and I'm gonna fill

it in with the color that we have

selected as our foreground color so if

you'd like to use a color other than

black go ahead and open up your color

menu here and change your color now

otherwise just I'm just gonna use black

like for this so we'll go to edit fill

with foreground color then we'll go to

select none and then I'm gonna go ahead

and delete that path now because we

don't need that anymore I'm gonna click

the button that says delete this path

and I'll come back over to the layers

menu and what I want to do now is just

rotate it around so it's at the bottom

of the circle so I'm gonna grab the

rotate tool I'm gonna grab the text I'm

just going to rotate that around until s

at the bottom of the circle like that go

ahead and click enter press Enter to

finalize that and then I just want to

adjust the layer so that it's back to

the size of the canvas so I'm gonna go

to layer and layer to image size and

that portion of the text is now finished

so what we can do now is we come back

over to our layers dialog we're gonna

take this text and we're gonna do the

same thing but the problem is let me

show you here if I apply this if I right

click this and go to text along path

it's gonna apply it to the inside of the

circle as well which doesn't make sense

because we can't put it at the top of

the circle we need to reverse the

direction of the path so that the text

is going along the outside of the circle

so to do that let me first undo that to

do that what we want to do is we're

gonna come over here to the flip tool

and where it says transform make sure

you choose path right here we're gonna

choose path and then bring your cursor

over to that red circle and go ahead and

click it now when you click it nothing's

gonna happen on your screen but what

happened internally is that it reversed

the direction of the path so what I'm

gonna do now is close out of that tool

make sure you select layer again just so

that it doesn't default back to path

next time you try to use that tool and

you're wondering why it doesn't work

so all right know what I'm gonna do now

is I'm gonna where it says wrap your

text I'm gonna right-click that layer

and go to text along path again and now

it's putting it along the outside of the

circle and what we could do is now is

just repeat the steps that we did for

this one we can create a new layer

click okay turn off the visibility of

that other text layer come over here

back to the pads tool I mean to the pads

menu right click on that layer and go to

path to selection now we can go ahead

and delete that layer or that path

rather and go to edit fill with

foreground color and then select none

and then finally we come back over here

to our layers menu we'll go to the

rotate tool and then just go ahead and

click on that text to rotate it around

so that it's at the top of the circle

like that and go again press Enter and

then go to layer layer to image size and

then we can actually go back to that

pads menu and we could just turn off the

visibility of that or you can delete it

if you want either way we're finished

with it and that's how you could wrap

text around a circle using get now if

you notice here there's no actual circle

here if you want to add a circle back

what you could do is you can go to the

background layer right click on it and

go to add alpha Channel and then press

Delete on your keyboard to get rid of

that background there so now it's

transparency now it's a checkerboard you

can export this as a PNG graphic and

import it into some other graphic that

you're working with or you could just

add a circle to it now you can click on

the ellipse select tool bring the cursor

over to the intersecting area of the

guides click and drag then hold ctrl and

shift make your circle a little bit

bigger than your text and then go to

edit I'm gonna fill with background

color because if I fill it with the

foreground color we're not gonna see the

black text up against the black

background so I'll click fill with

background color and there you go we can

go to select none and there you have it

we have a circle with some text wrapped

around it using so if you have any

questions let me know and as always

thanks for watching

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