ajmal sherif wrote:
I recently downloaded GIMP and I am new to it.
Please advise how you would attempt this:
I have a gif image of some text eg This is my Goldfish.
I wish to now highlight it as follows:
This is my Goldfish
Since nobody else has responded, here are my suggestions - open to
correction from more expert people (I'm using GIMP 2.2.4 under Mandrake
the gif image will be opened in Gimp in b/w or indexed, and you won't be
able to colour anything.
(1) open the gif file.
(2) save it as a Gimp file, i.e. right click on the image=> File=> Save
as. Click on Save File Type (By Extension). Click on GIMP XCF Image=> Save.
The name along the title bar at the top of the image should then be
changed from xxx.gif to xxx.xcf.
(3) Right Click on the image=> Image =>Mode => RGB to convert to RGB.
The name on the image title bar should be changed to xxx.xcf (RGB, 1 layer)
I think the first step would be to create a rectangle around the word
using Select Rectang Regions.
But then how do i select the colour
(5) Look at the main GIMP panel - the bottom left corner has a couple of
overlapping oblongs, one white, one black, with a small bent
double-headed arrow at their upper right corners. The front oblong
selects your foreground colour, the back oblong your background; you
can swap them over by clicking on the little bent arrow.
To select red foreground, click on the front oblong - this brings up a
coloured panel and coloured strip at its side. Clicking in the strip
changes the spectrum shown in the panel; clicking in the panel selects
the colour chosen. Find your red=> OK.
(6) On the main GIMP panel, click on the Paint Pot icon.
(7) Back on the Image. Click in the Rectangle Selected area. Wait
briefly; and the area will be coloured red.
(8) Rectangle Select your next word. Then repeat (5), (6), (7) for that
and how do i make sure i can still read the background text (in
another programme i think they called this Transparency)
For black text and the colours you chose for an example, that shouldn't
be a problem
Also I might need to increase the font size.
(10) The gif image you would be importing into Gimp would be a picture,
not text, so you could only increase the image size, not the font size.
There's a Scaling Tool on the main Gimp panel (two rectangles joined by
an arrow, a tiny and a larger) to do this. As far as I know you can't
import text as text into Gimp.
Then to save for use in a word document
(11) Right click on the image.=>File => Save as=> Select File type.
Probably JPEG image is your easiest option. (It will probably say you
have to flatten the image first)
La stly, I then want to be able to copy the whole into a word document.
(12) I'm no longer up to date with Word; but IIRC in Word '97:
Insert=> Picture=> From File => Files of Type => JPEG Interchange File
should do it.
I would be most grateful if anyone can advise me the steps in doing
all of this - and please tell me names/location of the various buttons.
However, I do recommend you do some reading on the Gimp. Try
Grokking the Gimp
and the Gimp User Manual
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