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Hello

I am trying to follow the instruction on the video was provided online. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wq_A-jkWQE)

I follow everything except I am having trouble with the top part that is not aligned with the circle / text along path. Please see picture attachment.

Spend a whole day and night trying to fix it, even try to delete the program and re-install it. The issue is still the same. Can you please guide me how to fix this problem.

Thanks
Kathy
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Re: Issues with text along path

Rick Strong-2
I don't want to be discouraging but text on a path just doesn't work in GIMP
2.10.18. The online Help doc is useless here.

Rick S.

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From: Kathy N via gimp-user-list
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2020 7:20 AM
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Subject: [Gimp-user] Issues with text along path

Hello

I am trying to follow the instruction on the video was provided online.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wq_A-jkWQE)

I follow everything except I am having trouble with the top part that is not
aligned with the circle / text along path. Please see picture attachment.

Spend a whole day and night trying to fix it, even try to delete the program
and re-install it. The issue is still the same. Can you please guide me how
to fix this problem.

Thanks
Kathy

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Re: Issues with text along path

Akkana Peck
Kathy N via gimp-user-list writes:
> I am trying to follow the instruction on the video was provided online. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wq_A-jkWQE)
>
> I follow everything except I am having trouble with the top part that is not aligned with the circle / text along path. Please see picture attachment.

This list strips image attachments, so there's no way to know
what problem you're describing. Can you upload the image somewhere?
It might also help to describe the steps you're following and at
which step the image doesn't look like you expect.

Rick Strong writes:
> I don't want to be discouraging but text on a path just doesn't work in GIMP
> 2.10.18. The online Help doc is useless here.

Text Along Path isn't the easiest GIMP function to use, but it works
for me in 2.10.18.

        ...Akkana
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Re: Issues with text along path

Rick Strong-2
Hi Akkana,

Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to outline the
steps doing it in point form?

Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the outside or
inside of a circle?

Thanks,
Rick S.

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From: Akkana Peck
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2020 11:50 AM
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Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Issues with text along path

Kathy N via gimp-user-list writes:
> I am trying to follow the instruction on the video was provided online.
> (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Wq_A-jkWQE)
>
> I follow everything except I am having trouble with the top part that is
> not aligned with the circle / text along path. Please see picture
> attachment.

This list strips image attachments, so there's no way to know
what problem you're describing. Can you upload the image somewhere?
It might also help to describe the steps you're following and at
which step the image doesn't look like you expect.

Rick Strong writes:
> I don't want to be discouraging but text on a path just doesn't work in
> GIMP
> 2.10.18. The online Help doc is useless here.

Text Along Path isn't the easiest GIMP function to use, but it works
for me in 2.10.18.

        ...Akkana

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Re: Issues with text along path

Akkana Peck
Rick Strong writes:
> Hi Akkana,
>
> Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to outline the
> steps doing it in point form?

Here's what I did to test it:

- Activate Path tool
- Click in two places in the image to make a straight path
- Drag from the middle of the path upward, so now I have a curved path
- Activate Text tool
  (Now you can't see the path any more; if you want to see it, go to
  the Paths dock/tab and click the visibility icon on)
- Click anywhere in the image to start a text layer.
- Type some text, and adjust size until it's at a reasonable scale
  to go with the path I made
- Layer->Text along Path

And now I have a new path representing the text outline bent along
the path I made. My GIMP now looks like this:
https://shallowsky.com/tmp/text-along-path.jpg

Of course this is just a path. If I wanted the text to be visible
in an exported image, I'd have to stroke the path, or convert it
to a selection and fill it.

> Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the outside or
> inside of a circle?

I don't know of any easy way to move it. Best to set up the path so
that the text will start in the right place, and you'll probably
have to fiddle with font size and try several times to get it
to be just as long as the path. That's one of the ways in which Text
Along Path is (as I said in my earlier posting) not the easiest
plug-in to use.

When I was doing a lot of CD labels and wanted a lot of circular
text, I found Text Along Path way too much hassle and ended up
writing a plug-in for circular text, in various languages:
https://shallowsky.com/software/arclayer/
which is not as good, but it can bend any layer, not just text,
and it's easier to use.

        ...Akkana
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Re: Issues with text along path

Rick Strong-2
Thanks for the note Akkana.
I have used GIMP for years now and love it but when I gave your procedure a
shot I found it just didn't work—for me.

I switched to Inkscape, a free vector program, and I could set text on a
circle in 5 minutes, inside or outside the circle AND rotate/manipulate it
with ease. It's simple and the Help file is quite clear on how to do it.

Cheers,
Rick S.

-----Original Message-----
From: Akkana Peck
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2020 6:33 PM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Issues with text along path

Rick Strong writes:
> Hi Akkana,
>
> Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to outline
> the
> steps doing it in point form?

Here's what I did to test it:

- Activate Path tool
- Click in two places in the image to make a straight path
- Drag from the middle of the path upward, so now I have a curved path
- Activate Text tool
  (Now you can't see the path any more; if you want to see it, go to
  the Paths dock/tab and click the visibility icon on)
- Click anywhere in the image to start a text layer.
- Type some text, and adjust size until it's at a reasonable scale
  to go with the path I made
- Layer->Text along Path

And now I have a new path representing the text outline bent along
the path I made. My GIMP now looks like this:
https://shallowsky.com/tmp/text-along-path.jpg

Of course this is just a path. If I wanted the text to be visible
in an exported image, I'd have to stroke the path, or convert it
to a selection and fill it.

> Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the outside or
> inside of a circle?

I don't know of any easy way to move it. Best to set up the path so
that the text will start in the right place, and you'll probably
have to fiddle with font size and try several times to get it
to be just as long as the path. That's one of the ways in which Text
Along Path is (as I said in my earlier posting) not the easiest
plug-in to use.

When I was doing a lot of CD labels and wanted a lot of circular
text, I found Text Along Path way too much hassle and ended up
writing a plug-in for circular text, in various languages:
https://shallowsky.com/software/arclayer/
which is not as good, but it can bend any layer, not just text,
and it's easier to use.

        ...Akkana

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Re: Issues with text along path

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On 28/08/2020 19:58, Rick Strong wrote:
> Hi Akkana,
>
> Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to
> outline the
> steps doing it in point form?
>
> Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the
> outside or
> inside of a circle?


The built-in T-A-P starts the text on the beginning of the path. If you
have a circle you can open the circle at any point to redefine its
beginning, just add a point (Ctrl-Click) where you want it to start,
another point just before, and delete the segment between the two
(Ctrl-Shift-click). And if you need a closed circle you can reconnect
the two points, the circle will still be starting on one of these.

Otherwise, I have a quite popular plugin to layout text along a path,
with many options that make it somewhat easier to use:

https://gimp-science-labs.blogspot.com/2014/05/text-along-circular-path.html






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Re: Issues with text along path

Rick Strong-2
Wow! looks like a great plugin Ofnuts, with lots of "How To" illustrations.
I'll give it a shot over the weekend.
Glad you too, suggested Inkscape  as an alternative for Text on a Path work.
This is a very helpful list.

Cheers,
Rick S.

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From: Ofnuts
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:30 AM
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Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] Issues with text along path

On 28/08/2020 19:58, Rick Strong wrote:
> Hi Akkana,
>
> Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to
> outline the
> steps doing it in point form?
>
> Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the
> outside or
> inside of a circle?


The built-in T-A-P starts the text on the beginning of the path. If you
have a circle you can open the circle at any point to redefine its
beginning, just add a point (Ctrl-Click) where you want it to start,
another point just before, and delete the segment between the two
(Ctrl-Shift-click). And if you need a closed circle you can reconnect
the two points, the circle will still be starting on one of these.

Otherwise, I have a quite popular plugin to layout text along a path,
with many options that make it somewhat easier to use:

https://gimp-science-labs.blogspot.com/2014/05/text-along-circular-path.html 

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Re: Issues with text along path

Techno
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On 2020-08-29 06:30, Ofnuts wrote:

> On 28/08/2020 19:58, Rick Strong wrote:
>> Hi Akkana,
>>
>> Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to
>> outline the
>> steps doing it in point form?
>>
>> Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the
>> outside or
>> inside of a circle?
>
>
> The built-in T-A-P starts the text on the beginning of the path. If you
> have a circle you can open the circle at any point to redefine its
> beginning, just add a point (Ctrl-Click) where you want it to start,
> another point just before, and delete the segment between the two
> (Ctrl-Shift-click). And if you need a closed circle you can reconnect
> the two points, the circle will still be starting on one of these.

I've downloaded your ofn-text-along-path.py plug-in and I've put it in
my C:\Users\techno6\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins sub-directory. I've restarted
GIMP 2.8 twice, but I can't find the plug-in in GIMP.

Can you tell me where it should be in GIMP?

I think I've used the previous version some years ago. I used it once
and no longer remember how to use it. Could you let me know where to
look for it and how to use it? Thanks.

> Otherwise, I have a quite popular plugin to layout text along a path,
> with many options that make it somewhat easier to use:
>
> https://gimp-science-labs.blogspot.com/2014/05/text-along-circular-path.html 
>

This link gives me a page that says, "Sorry, the page you were looking
for in this blog does not exist. "

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Re: Issues with text along path

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:)

On 04-Sep-2020 7:12 PM, "Techno" <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 2020-08-29 06:30, Ofnuts wrote:
>
>> On 28/08/2020 19:58, Rick Strong wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Akkana,
>>>
>>> Since you got text on a path to work, would you be so good as to
>>> outline the
>>> steps doing it in point form?
>>>
>>> Also, how can the text be placed (or moved to) any point on the
>>> outside or
>>> inside of a circle?
>>>
>>
>>
>> The built-in T-A-P starts the text on the beginning of the path. If you
>> have a circle you can open the circle at any point to redefine its
>> beginning, just add a point (Ctrl-Click) where you want it to start,
>> another point just before, and delete the segment between the two
>> (Ctrl-Shift-click). And if you need a closed circle you can reconnect
>> the two points, the circle will still be starting on one of these.
>>
>
> I've downloaded your ofn-text-along-path.py plug-in and I've put it in my
> C:\Users\techno6\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins sub-directory. I've restarted GIMP
> 2.8 twice, but I can't find the plug-in in GIMP.
>
> Can you tell me where it should be in GIMP?
>
> I think I've used the previous version some years ago. I used it once and
> no longer remember how to use it. Could you let me know where to look for
> it and how to use it? Thanks.
>
> Otherwise, I have a quite popular plugin to layout text along a path,
>> with many options that make it somewhat easier to use:
>>
>> https://gimp-science-labs.blogspot.com/2014/05/text-along-
>> circular-path.html
>>
>
> This link gives me a page that says, "Sorry, the page you were looking for
> in this blog does not exist. "
>
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Re: Issues with text along path

Techno
On 2020-09-04 10:26, Akash Rao wrote:
> :)
>
A smiley? I don't know what you're trying to say.
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Re: Issues with text along path

Ofnuts-2
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On 04/09/2020 15:34, Techno wrote:
> I've downloaded your ofn-text-along-path.py plug-in and I've put it in
> my C:\Users\techno6\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins sub-directory. I've restarted
> GIMP 2.8 twice, but I can't find the plug-in in GIMP.
>
> Can you tell me where it should be in GIMP?
>
Depends where you look. The plugin comes with an extensive documentation
(HTML file with may images). The plugin is not accessed from the Image
window menu, but in the right-click menu of the "Paths" list.



> I think I've used the previous version some years ago. I used it once
> and no longer remember how to use it. Could you let me know where to
> look for it and how to use it? Thanks.
>

As above, the ZIP contains an HTML file that explains most everything....
>
> This link gives me a page that says, "Sorry, the page you were looking
> for in this blog does not exist. "

Try this one instead:
https://gimp-science-labs.blogspot.com/2019/09/new-version-of-ofn-text-along-path-v16.html


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