Paths are a powerful tool in GIMP – and not so easy to understand. So I’ll make a two part series out of them.
Paths are Bezier curves and are controlled by anchor points and handles.With enough time and determination you can give them any form you want. A path can be generated with the path tool, from a selection and from a text in GIMP. And it can be stored and even exported as a SVG file.
So they do fit more into a vector based program like Inkscape. If you use them for drawing something, ask yourself if you are using the right tool.
The last part of the video is edited in a hurry – you’ll notice some blunders.
01:10 Path concept
03:05 Adding the Path dialog in GIMP
04:20 Adding a path with the Path tool
05:50 The Paths dialog
06:40 Turn a path into a selection
07:20 Stroke the path
07:50 Path context menue
08:40 Turn a selection into a path
09:40 Turn a text into a path and back
11:50 Put a text on a path
14:30 Don’t use GIMP for vector graphics
15:00 Wrapping up
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