David McClamrock <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> In GIMP 1.2 (or even 1.0, with which I started), it was easy to 
> produce a beveled text effect: just insert text, leave it 
> selected, and apply a starburst (spherical), 
> foreground-to-background gradient. Only the text itself was 
> selected, not the box around it.

GIMP 1.2 used to create text as a floating selection. A lot of users
found this very inconvenient since they prefer text to reside on a
dedicated layer. The GIMP 2.0 text tool creates a text layer. This has
the advantage that the text stays editable (unless you apply an effect
to it) and that you don't need to deal with floating selections which
are considered annoying to work with.

> In GIMP 2.0 (on Mandrakelinux 10.0, from RPM package
> gimp2_0-2.0.0-2mdk), I'm not finding it obvious how to do the same
> thing. The selection includes not only the text itself but the
> surrounding box, and the gradient likewise covers the entire box,
> which I don't want.

You can call Alpha to Selection to create a selection from the text.

> Are there some settings I can change to make GIMP 2.0 (otherwise a
> definite improvement over 1.2) work more like GIMP 1.2 in these
> respects?

No, you can't. We could consider to add an option to have the text
tool create a floating selection but I am not yet convinced that this
would be useful enough to warrant the coding effort and the extra
check button in the text tool options.

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