Inkscape can do that sort of thing.  AFAIK, Gimp doesn't natively have this 
capability,
tho I suppose somebody could write a plugin.  But you could do it in Inkscape 
and then
import it into Gimp, either as a bitmap, or as a path.

--- Shin Diggar <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> 
> 
> Hello,
> 
> Is it possible to draw a closed shape using paths and then make some text 
> fill the
> inside of that shape?
> 
> This would be like text following a path but instead of just using it as a 
> baseline it
> would stretch the width and height of the text to follow the full interior of 
> the
> shape.
> 
> It's something that's very common on badges and logos, and here is a mock-up 
> I made to
> simulate what I'd like GIMP to do for me:
> 
> http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/4541/textsr9.png
> 
> I know there are tricks that can be used on raster text to create simple 
> shapes such as
> bulging or squeezing the centre using lense distortion or other features, but 
> I'm more
> interested in making text follow irregular (but precise) shapes, preferably 
> using
> vectors/paths like the current text-to-path feature does.
> 
> Many thanks.
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