How To Put Image In Text Using GIMP

I’m back with my tutorials in Gimp and, this time, I’ll show you how to put an image (yes, any image you like) in a text. This is pretty easy and fun to do, even for newbies in photo editing and manipulation.

Just follow these steps and you’ll be amazed how wonderful you’ve created :

1. Open your Gimp of course then in File menu>Open. Select the photo or image from your computer that you wish to appear on your text. I use the photo below which I snipped (via Vista’s Snipping Tool).

2. Now, with the image on your screen, type the text you want by clicking the Text tool. Choose the font and size you want and make sure they are big enough for the image background to be visible, cool and attractive to the eye. I use here the Impact Condensed font, size 120.

3. Layers menu> Transparency> Alpha to Selection.

4. Select menu> Float.

5. Layers dialog> right-click Floating Selection and then click Anchor Layer.

6. Layers> Transparency> Alpha to Selection.

7. In Layers dialog, use the green arrow icon below to move the Text layer under the Background.

8. Right-click the Background and select Add Layer Mask. Make sure Selection is checked and hit Add.

9. Right-click> Merge Down the Background layer.

10. Finally, go to Select menu> click None and you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll be happier if you could leave a comment or anything that would make this blog more user-friendly.

Watch out for the next tutorial – How to lose or gain weight via Gimp photo manipulation!

24 responses to “How To Put Image In Text Using GIMP

    • Try to do it again. There might be something you’ve missed. Be sure that you did not missed Step 3 (Layer>Transparency>Alpha to Selection). A layer named ‘Floating Selection (Floated Layer)’ should appear on your layers palette (that highlighted image in Step 5) right after you’ve done Step 3. Proceed with the next steps and you’ll surely get the job done. Goodluck!

  1. I am trying to do this for an editing challenge and they are pics of a family member and the letters of her name don’t allow me to get her face in the letters. Her name is Trina. Any suggestions?

    • You might have missed something along the way. Try to do it again, step-by-step. If there’s anything you don;t understand, please let me know so I can help. Thanks.

      • I was using the wrong type of text. But now my problem is that I am trying to do one with multiple images and have been told I can copy from my computer and paste but GIMP keeps saying there is nothing on the clipboard. This is ridiculous.

      • There’s no problem what type of font you use as long as they are big enough to see the image through it. In order for you to use the photo from your computer, you should open that in Photoshop (go to File menu, then click Open).

  2. Thank you. I finally figured it out. A few people said that you are supposed to add a layer after adding each photo but that only applies when you take photos from the internet. Thanks for your quick response!

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  4. Hello, thank you for this tutorial, but I do not really understand the steps 4-7. I think these steps are unnecessary. After alpha to selection it is enough to hide the text layer and select the image layer and continue with step 8. I could do it this way.

    • Yes, you can do that way. There are actually many approaches to this. For example, when the text layer is done, you can also do the following steps to proceed:
      – Click the photo layer and make a new layer. Fill this with white. Only the text should be visible by now.
      – Right-click the text layer then click Text to Selection.
      – Hide text layer by clicking the icon beside it.
      – Now, click the New Layer (white). Right-click anywhere on the canvass then Edit>Clear.


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