3.8. Fonts Dialog

Figura 15.67. The Fonts dialog

The Fonts dialog

The Fonts dialog is used for selecting fonts for the Text tool. It also allows you to refresh the list of available fonts, if you add new ones to your system while GIMP is running.

3.8.1. Activating the Dialog

The Fonts dialog is a dockable dialog; see the section Secção 2.3, “Dialogs and Docking” for help on manipulating it.

You can access it:

  • from an image menu: WindowsDockable DialogsFonts;

  • from the Tab menu in any dockable dialog by clicking on and selecting Add TabFonts,

  • from the Tool Options for the Text tool. If you click on the Font button, a Font-selector pops up. In the lower right corner is a button that, if pressed, brings up the Fonts dialog.

In the Windows menu, there is a list of detached windows which exists only if at least one dialog remains open. In this case, you can raise the Fonts dialog from the image-menu: WindowsFonts.

3.8.2. Using the Fonts dialog

The most basic thing you can do is to select a font by clicking on it: this font will then be used by the Text tool. If instead of clicking and releasing, you hold down the left mouse button with the pointer positioned over the font example (Aa), a window showing a larger text example will pop up (Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs).

Grid/List modes

Figura 15.68. The Fonts dialog

The Fonts dialog

Dialog in Grid View

The Fonts dialog

Dialog in List View

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Ctrl+F opens a search field. See View as List; View as Grid

In the Tab menu for the Fonts dialog, you can choose between View as Grid and View as List. In Grid mode, the fonts are laid out in a rectangular array. In List mode, they are lined up vertically, with each row showing an example of the appearance of the font (Aa), followed by the name of the font.

Refresh font list

Pressing this button at the bottom of the dialog causes the system font list to be rescanned. This may be useful if you add new fonts while GIMP is running, and want to make them accessible for the Text tool. You can also cause the font list to be rescanned by right-clicking in the font display, and selecting Rescan Font List from the menu that pops up (it is actually the only option in the menu).

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You can change the size of the font previews in the dialog using the Preview Size submenu of the dialog's Tab menu.