Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a picture of a ball which is rounded as usually balls are, and I'd like to create quickly some text and place it on the ball.

The result should create a feeling that there is really a label on the ball which copies a surface of the ball. The ball on the picture is not a good example. The text should create a little 3D effect. Another example is tea pot or glass where you can place a label.

I don't want to create a text from an image because it would be slow process, I would prefer the text tool or similar quick way of creating text, because I need to append text to many similar images.


share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Since The GIMP isn't a 3d rendering app (the ideal solution) you need to fake it.

I'd probably set your label as a layer, then select the image area, and then go to the PERSPECTIVE TOOL.

This perspective tool is poorly named, as it's really a traditional DISTORT tool where you can grab each of the 4 bounding corners and move them independently of each other. With some practice, you can usually get your selection to appear to be on a 3-d plane.

share|improve this answer
Thank you. Works as I want. The perspective tool can be launched with shift+P – xralf Mar 19 '12 at 19:53

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.