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I want to choose proper GIMP font for my purpose, so I would like to browse through all of them visually. But, having to choose GIMP font based on a single letter "Aa" (as provided by the text tool) really sucks:

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Googling around, I found there are three ways to open font dialog in GIMP, but all of them are equally bad.

Is there some better preview of all the default GIMP fonts? In the GIMP program itself or at least somewhere on the Internet.

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There are no "Gimp" fonts. The fonts are on your system.

Google for some Font Manager on your operating system, and choose the one that has previews.


On Windows I use the font manager that comes with Corel Draw, but there a some interesting free tools:

xiles.net Nexus font has a nice interface, can make some groups of your favorite fonts and preview all installed ones.

This is really interesting fontba.se because I used it to download the google fonts to a folder, but has many features that you need to explore.

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    The system font manager only sees fonts that are installed for the system, not the ones that have been added only to Gimp. – xenoid Nov 30 '18 at 23:38
  • Aha! Wow, I didn't know that! Ok, in this situation I can just use Microsoft Word to select fonts in more user friendly way - they have font name typeset in that font. My OS is Windows 10 Professional. If there is a better preview tool I would be grateful for that. Thanks! – Tomas Dec 1 '18 at 0:43
  • @xenoid: Don't know your platform, but the Windows font tool in Windows 7 and 10 can preview uninstalled fonts too and even install them for you. Just right click the font and select Preview. But note that Gimp will only show installed fonts. – Rudy Velthuis Dec 1 '18 at 19:07
  • @RudyVelthuis thanks! Anyway, right-clicking each font when you need to select out of 100+ isn't a solution :) – Tomas Dec 1 '18 at 21:50
  • @Tomas: that's true. Not really the ideal way to choose a font. Although, you should only click those that may be useful. If they don't look good in the font selection box of Gimp, no need to click them. But I agree, that is still not a very good way. – Rudy Velthuis Dec 1 '18 at 22:09

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