Incidental Senior Pony #3 - I don’t care - image macro
I came back after a month of absence and that’s the first thing I realised. I’ll be back with normal image macros soon.
I use Gimp to make all of my image macros. It’s free and has more than enough tools to make an image macro.
The font is called “Impact Condensed” and I didn’t need to download it, it must be one of the default fonts of Gimp (or Windows 7). Just remember to make the font WHITE (or whatever color you want the font to be).
In order to add a border you have to:
0. Add text layer using Text Tool (so just add text).
1. Right-click on the text layer in the Layers window (it’s usually on the right side of the screen) and select “Text to Selection” or “Alpha to Selection” if the former is grayed out or it isn’t there at all.
2. Right-click it again, this time select “New Layer”.
3. In the new window click OK (“Layer Fill Type should be set as “Transparency” and height and width should be the same size as your picture [these should be default options so you probably won’t have to change anything and just click OK]).
4. Make sure that your new layer is selected in the Layers window (it should be by default) and that there’s selection around the text (again, it should be there by default) and right-click anywhere on the picture in the main window and select Select -> Grow.
5. Choose how big you want the border to be. I usually use 3 or 4 pixels, depending on the size of the font. Click OK.
6. Choose Bucket Fill tool from the toolbox (on the left of the screen by default) and change the color to black (or whatever color you want the border to be).
7. Click on the selected area on the picture in the main window to fill it with black color.
8. Now, in Layers window, you will see that there are three layers (from top to bottom) - black border, then your text and then background. You have to drag and drop your text layer in the Layers window so that it will be on top of the border layer.
And that’s it. It sounds very complicated but if you do it a few times then it takes like 10 seconds to make a border. Just remember to add the border AFTER resizing the picture (if you want to resize it, of course) or it will look very thin (like in my first image macros).
You can move both text and its border together if you link them in the Layers window - there’s a semi-invisible box to tick between the eye icon and the layer’s name. Click on these boxes so that both the text and its border has a chain icon next to them and then you can move the text around along with the border.
If you have troubles following this “tutorial” (which is possible because of my English) please tell me, I can make a tutorial with pictures. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.