Thanks for the replies.
I've searched and found a few GIMP Documentations but none has any
information about creating a watermark on images, and even fewer has any
mentions of simply adding text to an image.
>From awhile ago when i was at a bookstore i remember picking up a book on
the GIMP. This was the one and only book i remember ever seeing being
written on the GIMP. While i was Googling for GIMP information i happen to
find that book that i'd once held in my hands at the bookstore. The title
is Grokking the GIMP and the full version is online here:
But even this book doesn't mention much about using text, and nothing about
I've played around with the GIMP and i was able to add text to images. The
copyright (c) symbol is supposed to be Alt+0169, according to Windows
Character Map, but in the GIMP Text Editor box, where you type in your text,
pressing Alt+0169 yields absolutely nothing, no response. It simply doesn't
work. So what i did was i simply copied the (c) symbol from the Windows
Character Map (in WinXP: Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Character
Map) and pasted it into the GIMP Text Editor box, followed with my name to
create the copyright information. After doing that, i flatten the image and
In Linux, i pretty much did the same thing to get the (c) symbol into my
images. In addition to using the Character Map, i also used OpenOffice
Writer. I simply create the (c) symbol in Writer, then copy and paste it
into the GIMP Text Editor box.
With all that being said, i may sound like i know what i'm doing but the
truth is i'm really just a GIMP newbie. The only reason i know about the
flatten image part is because i read it in a Photoshop book plus, the GIMP
gives you an error if you try to save an image without flattening it after
you've added text to it.
As for the legality of a copyright statement, i have no ideas about that.
I've seen some without the date. For example, my Netscape e-mail has this
copyright information: © Netscape Communications Corporation, Inc. All
rights Reserved. While Nabble's is: © 2005-2006 Nabble, Inc.
As for scripts, well, that's just way ahead of me at this point; i'll have
to read a book or many tutorials before i can understand how to use those.
But thanks for the information, though.
When i started looking for information on the GIMP and couldn't find any, i
started looking at books written for Photopshop. It was in one Photoshop
book (Photoshop Elements...something, something by Scott Kelby) that i found
a little tutorial on how to create a watermark copyright. Since the GIMP is
comparable to Photoshop (certain versions, i presume) in functionality and
usage, i perused some PS books.
Anyway, getting to the point, this is what i found in the above mentioned
Photoshop book, and this was what i was trying to do in the GIMP by
following these instructions from the PS book:
Watermarking and Adding Copyright Info
Create a template. Open new document in RGB mode (72 ppi low-res, 300 ppi
high-res, etc.). Click on the Foreground color swatch (at the bottom of the
Toolbox) and choose a medium gray color in the Color Picker, click OK. Now,
press Alt-Backspace to fill the Background layer with your medium gray.
Press the letter "D" to make your Foreground color black.
Get the Type tool, choose a font. In the Options Bar, click on the Center
Text option. Hold the Alt key and type 0169 to create a copyright symbol
and name or other information to have for the copyright. Hide the
Background layer from view by going to the Layers palette and clicking on
the Eye icon in the first column besides the Background layer.
Adjust text sizes to desired sized.
Got to the Effects palette. Double-click on the effect named Clear Emboss.
This applies a beveled effect, and makes the fill transparent.
Now make the Background layer visible again by clicking the Layers palette
and clicking in the first column where the Eye icon used to be. you can now
see the Clear Emboss effect clearly.
Open a photo, and have the watermark file open as well.
Switch to the Move tool, then click-and-drag the large copyright symbol (in
the embossed watermark file), and drop it onto the photo (you're dragging a
large layer between documents).
Resize the copyright symbol as needed.
These were the notes i made. Again, this was a tutorial/exercise for you to
follow using Photoshop Elements (i think). When i tried to follow them
using the GIMP, i couldn't figure out Step 4, and Step 7 didn't even work.
So if anybody knows how to achieve the results outlined in the above
instructions using the GIMP, please clue me in. Much appreciated.
Thanks very much.
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