How can I add superscript text to text in GIMP? I am looking for other solutions than adding another textbox with just smaller font size...

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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. There is no superscript text feature in GIMP. However you could select the text you want to make into a superscript, make it a lower font size, and move the baseline up. This is an entirely manual operation. see example.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 20, 2022 at 10:46

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I went the way Billy Kerr describes in his comment:

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Having text with fontsize of 80 px, I raised the baseline of the superscript text by 40 px and set the font size to 60 px.

As a rule of thumb, you can raise the baseline by 50% of your fontsize and lower the fontsize of your superscript by 25%. I'm not a typography SME, but those values are close to what browsers use as defaults to style <sup> tags.


Depending on your font, you may be able to use the superscript characters in Unicode, which you can copy-paste from Wikipedia. Be aware that these letters are not designed to display words and a lot of fonts have bad kerning or style them differently.

Here's how the table from wikipedia looks in my browser's default font:

wikipedia table

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