Re: [Gimp-user] LaTeX command in GIMP

On Tuesday 18 March 2003 05:25 am, Adriano Fagiolini wrote:
> My name's Adriano. I'm really desperate. I need to do a picture containing
some text formatted as in LaTeX. I mean that I need to write a letter with
the sign of a vector as you do in physics. Is there any program that can help
me? Is it possible to do it in GIMP? I'm sure it is, but how? I actually need
to do some simple image containing rectangles, circles and lines. But I can I
add the letter "\theta" or "\vec{\omega}"?
> Thank you!

If you mean you want a block of LaTeX formatted text in a drawing, then the

However, it sounds to me like you want to render some math and then use it as
an artistic element.

To do that, what you'll want is to work from Postscript.  Render the desired
LaTeX to Postscript.  Then use Gimp or ImageMagick or Ghostscript (which is
what they all use under the hood, actually -- and from the gs command line
you can be much more specific) to render the Postscript to a bitmap at the
desired resolution (pixel-size). Voila! You have a bitmap of the desired
object, which you can then manipulate in Gimp -- color it, mask it, run
filters on it, whatever.

Variations are possible, of course -- in some programs you can rotate the
postscript before rendering it (if that's required).  Otherwise you can just
do a bitmap rotation -- in practice that usually works well enough.

I used a very similar method to render Japanese Kanji -- I used Yudit with
the Cyberbit far-east fonts and rendered the result as Postscript. The rest
is just like the above.  Basically, if you can get Postscript, you're most of
the way there.

Cheers,
Terry

--
Terry Hancock ( hancock at anansispaceworks.com )
Anansi Spaceworks  http://www.anansispaceworks.com
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