On 7/6/05, Haines Brown <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> As a learning exercise, I set out to create a banner. After having
> created a background layer I set up a text layer.
>
> A secondary question is how to anchor it. When I do C-h, nothing

If memory serves me right, the latest versions no longer need text
layers to be anchored.  They will be stored as separate layers, so
that the text can be re-edited.  Normally, this serves most purposes,
except for what you're about to do...

> After having created the text layer (and anchored it?), I want to do a
> color inversion. First I select the layer in the Layers Dialog (don't
<snip>
> If instead I use the menu and do Layer,Colors,Invert, the black text
> turns the color of its background (white) and so disappears because
> the area around the text does not turn black. I should be getting
> white text on a black ground.

Said filter works only on the selected layer (text).  Select the
background layer and repeat, to invert that, too.  This way, you have
the option of inverting only a certain part of a picture.

Your tutorial is outdated, and doesn't accommodate for new features
introduced in the 2.x series.  [That said, I think I was using the
anchor method of adding text but a year ago for a grade school
project, and when I came back in the fall and reinstalled The GIMP,
text had been implemented as seprate editable layers.  Also, moving,
resizing, scaling, skewing, or otherwise editing a text layer turns it
into a graphic layer.]

If you really want to "anchor" the layer, make sure that the text and
background layers are the only visible ones (if they're the only ones
you're working with, this is irrelivant, but in more advanced editing
this becomes important), then right click the image, search around in
the menus and click "Merge Visible Layers".

If you _really_ want to lose all the transparency data, and make e.g.
inversion of the whole image easy, then you can simply flatten the
image -- but you'll lose any invisible layers and you won't e.g. be
able to move around various components.

Also, for your tutorial:  It may be easier to invert your background,
then change your foreground/pen color into the inverted of what you
would have chosen above, and then create text that is already
inverted.  Works for anything that you know how to find the inverted
colour of (e.g. white for black, and vice versa).

It may be worth reading the Changelog between 1.x and 2.x series,
and/or the 2.x documentation.  1.x documentation needs to have the
instructions "converted" into 2.x instructions on-the-fly, so if
you're good at fumbling around and figuring that kind of thing out
with something new, then you can try looking at the 1.x docs also.

Good luck learning how to use the Gimp!  IIRC, they say it's easier to
ask then to spend days fumbling around.  If you can fumble around in
seconds though... *shrugs*

--
~Mike
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