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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to place a photograph inside text. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.

You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.

Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.

Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).

Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Text Tool. (
Text Tool Tutorial).

The size of the Text is determined by your
Image’s Resolution (Size) - and the look you are seeking.

A nice wide Font and a large Font Size works best with this type of technique. (You can increase the Font’s Size by removing the values already there, and typing in higher numerical values - I have set my Font Size to 600 Pixels). In addition, the text’s colour has no bearing over the outcome; and can therefore be whatever is already set in the Colour Swatch. My Foreground Swatch is Solid Black.


After you have set your Text attributes: left-click once over the photograph’s
top-left area. 

And from the subsequent Gimp Text Editor dialogue box, type in a Text String of your choice, and then click Close - as illustrated below.

Then from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Move Tool.

And then drag your text to its final position. When repositioning your text, bear in mind, your text will eventually be filled with the image-pixels that are currently behind it.

You can nudge your text into position pixel by pixel by tapping your Keyboard’s Arrow Keys.


Now is a good time to save your
Layered Image as a GIMP XCF File.

From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Fuzzy Select Tool.

And enter the following Add to current selection attributes into the left-side Options Box.

Then left-click once inside each (black) letter to isolate them with a Selection Marquee. After you have isolated each letter with a Selection Marquee, you are ready for the next step.

From the top menu, choose Select and then choose Invert.

Now, right-click over the Background Layer. And from the subsequent drop-down list - select Add Alpha Channel


And still working on the Background Layer. From the top menu, choose Edit and then choose Clear. (Alternatively, tap your Keyboard’s Delete Key).

After clicking Clear, or tapping the Delete Key: the area outside the text, (its background), will be removed, subsequently leaving the following Chessboard Background Transparency.

Understand Layers - Toggle Visibility Eye Icon
Now, left-click over the Text Layer’s Eye Icon, to remove it - as illustrated below.

Removing the Eye Icon reveals the image that’s inside the Selected Text - as illustrated below.

From the top menu, choose Select and then choose None.

Then from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Merge Visible Layers.


Congratulations, your photographic-text is complete
and it is ready to save.

Drop Shadow Tip
Tutorial Here demonstrates how to apply a Drop Shadow - Filters then Light and Shadow then Drop Shadow.

Transparent GIF Tip
Link Here to learn how to save your Transparent Image as a Transparent GIF.

Fill Layer Tip
Tutorial Here demonstrates how to create a Fill Layer and Fill it with either a Solid Colour, Pattern or a Gradient.


Crop Tool Tip
Crop away extraneous background pixels using the Crop Tool. (
Crop Tool Tutorial Here).

Now you are familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun placing your favourite images inside text.

Sharpening Tip
Your final image may benefit from a
Sharpening Filter.

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