I followed this tutorial to get a curved text. I am stucked in the final step when I want to fill the curved text red selection, like this :

Red Selection

I can't get to fill this curved red selection : I tried with Bucket Fill tool but the cursor indicates this is forbidden.

I tried also with "Stroke Path" but it doesn't do anything.

If you could help me, this would be nice...


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The red line is not a selection but a path. You have to convert it to a selection before you can bucket-fill it: Select>From path (this should set the "marching ants" on it). If you have several paths Select>From path will pick the currently active path which may not be the right one, so open the Paths list (Windows>Dockable dialogs>Paths), identify the required path, right-click on it and click Path to selection

  • Thanks. I think that issue comes from the first text box I am writting (horizontal white message on figure above : "Curved message". I can't directly set this message along the curved line. Moreover, I can't get a text layer when I go on Windows->Dckable dialogs->Paths, is it normal ?
    – user84503
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 9:25
  • The tutorial you are following is not supposed to result in filled text, btw - it merely strokes the outlines of the text. And yes, layers do not appear in the paths dialog. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 10:10
  • In the Paths dialog you deal with Paths, not with Layers. What happens under the covers is that the text in your original text layer is converted to a path, and then this path is bent to follow the curved path you created.
    – xenoid
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 10:57
  • do I have to type firstly the text and then create the curved path or the contrary ? and how to fill the selected region in red ? If anyone has a tutorial to curve and fill text, could you send me please ? thanks
    – user84503
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 11:52
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    Text and "guide" path can be created in any order. To fill the "selection in red" see my answer.
    – xenoid
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 12:24

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