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Gimp: How to Add Stroke To Images [How To]

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Gimp is an open source photo manipulation program that runs on all major operating systems. It offers all the features you might expect from a raster graphics editor such as free-form drawing, cropping/resizing, gradient and layer support ...etc

But one of the most "missing features?" in Gimp is a tool to directly add a stroke to images/text.
In this tutorial i'll show you how to add a stroke to images/text using two methods: Selections and Borders.

Method 1: Selections

#1 Press Ctrl+N to create a new document, then choose whatever size you want:


#2 Now, create a new layer Shift+Ctrl+N :

Gimp Create New Layer


Gimp Rectangle select Tool#3 We're going to use selections to add a stroke to a shape, so click on the Rectangle Select Tool and make a rectangular selection:




#4 This selection will serves as a stroke container. For example, if you want to add a black stroke, you need to fill this selection with a black color like this:


#5 Create a new layer Shift+Ctrl+N, the layer-tree hierarchy should look something like this:



#6 Right click on the selection ==> Select ==> Shrink:


Now, a dialog box will appear asking you to enter the size of the stroke in pixels:




#7 Enter a number of your choice and fill the selection with a different color. The final result (assuming you've followed all the steps above) will look something like this:


NOTE: Before applying the instructions mentioned in step #7, make sure the active layer is the new layer you've created in step #5.


To add a stroke to text, follow the steps below:

First, create a text layer and enter some text:


Now, select this text with the mouse and right click on it then click Path From Text:


Switch to the Rectangle Select Tool and right click on the text ==> Select ==> From Path:


Repeat the the aforementioned steps (starting from step #5). You should obtain a result like this:




Alternatively, you can use the Stroke Selection option from the Edit menu to add a border to any selection:

After you've created a rectangular selection and filled it with a color, go to the edit menu and choose Stroke Selection. 
A dialog box will appear prompting you to edit the stroke options:


Edit the options and click on "Stroke" to add the stroke to your selection:


Method 2: Borders

This method lets you replace a selection with its matching border. To use it, right click on your selection ==> Edit ==> Border:


Enter the size of the border and click "Ok". Now, create a new layer Shift+Ctrl+N and fill the resulting selection with a color of your choice:


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