I am trying to shadow some text in Gimp. However, whenever I go to filter drop down shadow it gives a shadow to the region I previously selected with the selection tool on another layer. I have selected my text and the text layer. Why is it not giving a shadow to my text in the text layer?

  • I got it working somehow. I dont know why this problem showed up.
    – hgund
    Aug 26, 2015 at 3:30
  • You do not need any selection, actually. Aug 26, 2015 at 10:10

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The classic drop shadow plug-in has actually two different behaviors, depending exactly on wether there is a selection or not.

If there is a selection, it creates a shadow os the selection countour itself on the current layer (yes, this is nearly useless). When used with no active selection on the image, it has the expected behavior of creating a new layer containing the shadow of the non-transparent areas of the current layer.

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