How to justify text in gimp

Text Tool¶

This tool allows you to add text to your artwork.

You use it by doing + drag to create a rectangular selection. When releasing a default text will be created and the text editor window will pop-up.

Hovering over other text shapes will highlight their bounding box. on a highlighted text will select it as the active text.

Text editor¶

A small window for all your text editing needs. The Text Editor has two tabs: Rich text and SVG source.


You can use the text tool to first create a text box. There are a few options in the tool options if you want to customize how the text will be adding. You will need to drag a rectangle on the canvas to create the text area. Once your text is created, you can edit the text from two ways:

  1. Select the text with the shape selection tool (first tool). Press the key. The text editor will appear.

  2. Select the text with the shape selection tool (first tool). Then click the Text tool. In the tool options there is an Edit Text button. When you click that the text editor window will appear.


If you are unfamiliar with the way SVG text works, use the rich text tab, it will allow you to edit the text as you see it, at the cost of not having all functionality.

If you are a little bit more familiar with SVG text, you can directly edit the SVG source. Do note that not all attributes and properties are converted back to the rich text editor, so do be careful when switching back.

Press Save as you’re done with your edits to preview them on canvas.


Save current edits to the text on canvas.


Close the editor.


Basic editing functions:


Undo the last action in the text editor.


Redo the last undone action in the text editor.


Cut selected text to the clipboard.


Copy selected text to the clipboard.


Paste text from the clipboard.

Select all

Select all text in the active editor.


Deselect any selected text.


Pops up a window with an input to find the given text in the active editor.

Find Next

Searches for the next text using the last search key.

Find Previous

Searches for the last text using the last search key.

Replace ...

Pops up a dialog with two inputs: The string you wish to find, and the string you wish to replace it with. Will always replace ALL found instances.

Zoom out

Zoom out the text.

Zoom in

Zoom in the text.

Special Character ...

Pops up a dialog that allows you to search for special characters that are difficult to type in with your keyboard.


Set the font-weight to bold.


Sets the selected text italic.


Underline the selected text.


Adds a strike-through text decoration.


Sets the text to super-script baseline.


Sets the text to subscript baseline.


Sets the font weight a little more specifically. Possibilities are… Light, Normal, Bold, and Black.

Align Left

Align the selected paragraph to the left.

Align Center

Center the selected paragraph.

Align Right

Align the selected paragraph to the right.


Toggles kerning for selected text.

Settings ...

Calls up the text editor settings dialog.

Text editor settings¶

The settings that can be configured for the text editor.

Editor mode

Whether you want both the Rich Text Editor and the SVG Source Editor, or only one of either.


Here you can configure the syntax highlighting for the SVG source.


These highlights important characters like <, /, and>.


The format for highlighting the element tag name. text other tspan are examples of element names.


The format for highlighting the attributes of the tag. For example, when it isn't in the tag is usually written as an attribute.


The format for highlighting value of attributes.


These highlights XML comments, which are written as the following:. Comments are pieces of text that never get interpreted.

Text Color editor

The main color of the editor.

Background color editor

The main background color of the editor.


This allows you to filter the selection of fonts in the editor by writing system. Some systems have a lot of fonts specifically for showing foreign languages ​​properly, but these might not be useful for you. You just tick the writing systems which you use yourself, and the font drop-down will only show fonts that have full support for that language.

Fine typographic control with the SVG Source tab¶

So, the rich text editor cannot control all functionality that SVG text allows for. For that, you will need to touch the SVG source directly. But to do that, you will first need to go to the text editor settings and enable either SVG Source or Both editor mode. The Rich Text editor will lose some information, so if you go all out, use SVG Source.

Word-spacing, letter-spacing and kerning¶

These three are written and read from the rich text tab, but only two of them can be controlled from the rich text tab.


Kerning, in SVG 1.1 behaves slightly differently than in CSS. Krita by default uses the property for this, which means it is on. To turn it off use in the section of the text. Any other numeric value will be added to the current.

<textstyle="kerning:0; font-family:Dancing Script; font-size:18pt; font-size-adjust:0.265625"><tspan>NoKerningonValhallaTower.</tspan></text>
Letter spacing

This is the distance between letters in pts, usually. Just write in the and add a distance in pts behind it. A negative value will decrease the value between letters.

Word spacing

This is the extra distance between words, defaulting to pts. By default, will have it use only the width of the space character for that font. A negative value will decrease the amount of space between words:

<textstyle="font-family:Noto Serif; font-size:12pt; font-size-adjust:0.389915; text-anchor:middle"><tspan>NoAdjustment.</tspan><tspanstyle="letter-spacing:2"x="0"dy="22pt">Letterspacing:2</tspan><tspanstyle="letter-spacing:-2"x="0"dy="22pt">Letterspacing:-2</tspan><tspanstyle="word-spacing:5"x="0"dy="22pt">Wordspacing:5</tspan><tspanstyle="word-spacing:-5"x="0"dy="22pt">Wordspacing:-5</tspan></text>

x, y, dx, dy¶

These are even finer-grained controls that can be used to position text. However, they CANNOT be reliably converted to the format of the rich text editor, because the rich text editor uses these to figure out if a line is a new-line and thus writes to these.

X and Y

X and Y are absolute coordinates. But because you cannot change the absolute coordinates of the text from the editor, these get added to the position when they show up in a tspan.

dx and dy

These are relative coordinates to the position of the previous letter.

Font-stretch and Small-caps¶

These can also be stored and written to the rich text tab’s internal format, but they don’t get used in the on screen text object.

Dominant Baseline, Alignment baseline, Font-size-adjust, Writing mode, Glyph-orientation, rotate¶

These are not stored in the rich text right now, and while they can be written into the SVG text, the SVG text-shape doesn't do anything with them.

Krita generates for the font when coming from rich text, as this can help designers when they want to use the SVG source as a basis for later adjustments.

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