On Mon, Jan 16, 2006 at 07:38:19PM -0400, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Jan 2006, Carol Spears wrote:
> >On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 01:06:56AM +0200, Vytautas Povilaitis wrote:
> >>On Mon, 16 Jan 2006 10:07:18 +0200, Carol Spears <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >>>On Mon, Jan 16, 2006 at 01:19:03AM -0400, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>Is there any way of converting a psd file to xcf so that you don't lose
> >>>>that information?  Or, at a minimum, some way of being able to determine
> >>>>the font type / size used within the image itself?
> >>>>
> >>>nope, the gimp psd plug-in doesn't do that at the moment.
> >>>
> >>Wouldn't it be possible to decompose psd pictures to layers and then
> >>export to xcf?
> >>
> >>Just a wild guess. Never useg Photoshop in my life :)
> >>
> >well, gimp does open psd format files.  it does not retain the layer
> >effects or text (like the font size, text that was printed and color it
> >was printed in).  this question was specifically about the psd text
> >layer.
> Is there any method of taking an existing graphic, and, other then by 
> major trial and error, determining the font type used?  When one watches 
> way way too much TV, and sees all of the analysis software that the 
> various CSIs and such play with, you start to wonder what software you 
> yourself are missing :)
well, sure.  you can probably find that software if you follow that
yellow brick road i first saw on television as well ;)

did you ever see the software work on AsianCSI?

there actually is a web site that will look at a jpeg and suggest the
fonts that were used.  you got the color picker for the color and the
measure tool to help with determining the size.

i wish i could remember the name of the web site.  it is something
cryptic like "whatthefont"....

> >more, it is totally possible for this to be written into the gimp psd
> >plug-in -- it just hasn't been done yet.
> 'k, being around OSS long enough, I'm not going to ask 'when is it going 
> to be done", since the answer i "when someone gets around to it ... :)
it is interesting, actually, beyond the when "someone gets around to it"
bit.  neither photoshop or gimp do much to encourage the use of their
native format on other software.

there are so many volunteer organizations and such that have done their
flyers and such with propietary software.  this question usually comes
up in regards to something like this because a date needs to be edited
or something.  it is interesting that the orgs don't have a hacker
volunteer (ever) who understands software at the level it would take to
add this to the psd plug-in.  at least, there were several times it was
about flyers that I was asked this question.

politically, is it in gimps interest that we don't read psd text layers
or is it in photoshops interest?  


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