Now, before you all come up with the idea that I am an expert in Gimp, let me just state this clearly: I AM NOT. I came up with this workaround because I did a button with GIMP sometime ago and no matter how closely I look on Gimp’s toolbar, I can’t find said feature of bolding a text. So I Googled for an answer after having found out that Gimp doesn’t allow for making a font bold (unless the font naturally has a bold type, i.e., Arial Black for Arial), and came up with the
Layer => Text to selection => Text to selection => Select => Grow then Fill
solution. The font I was using (Shoebop) didn’t look nice with that workaround, and since I really needed to make the font more readable (because it is just a 125×125 button), I thought of duplicating the layer that contains the text I wanted to make bold. Now I am not very good with instructions, but I’ll try my best. So here’s what you do:
- On Gimp, click on the “A” symbol on the toolbox window to choose the text tool.
- Type in the text that you need to see in your GIMP document and adjust the font type, size and style.
- Hit CTRL + Shift + D to duplicate the layer.
- Move the new layer a bit to the right or to the left, for the text to have a bold appearance.
So there. You have now made your font “bold”. I know. It’s the lazy-ass way out. But it works for my needs. So I hope this little tutorial helps. If you know of a better easier (read: one-click) workaround, I’ll be more than glad to update this post. 🙂