I'm trying to add some text to a moderately complex layout, but the text tool is malfunctioning -- everything shows as blank no matter what I type.

I have checked:

  • Foreground color shows reasonable contrast (tested with a Paint action)
  • No other layers obscuring the view (the accepted solution in Text not showing up on Gimp 2.8)
  • Same issue with both system and user fonts
  • Font size is reasonable

I was able to reproduce the problem on a new 640x640 image with a single white layer

In addition, when I restart Gimp, the .xcf file cannot be loaded

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Tech support questions are generally off-topic because users here don't have access to your computer or set up. Probably best to check out the various GIMP forums in future for such questions. If there is a bug or something, then it's likely other people have had the same problem.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 30, 2021 at 9:27
  • Also note that GIMP 2.8 is outdated. Better to get the most recent version instead.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 30, 2021 at 9:29

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The root of the problem appears to be that I had both Gimp 2.8 and Gimp 2.10 installed on the system. Problem did not reoccur once I made sure to sandbox 2.8.

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