Fonts in GIMP 2.x

Starting with GIMP version 2.0, font rendering is handled significantly different from the way it was done in GIMP 1.0 and 1.2. GIMP no longer uses the X server to render the fonts. Instead it uses Pango and the FreeType library. Font configuration is handled by a small library called Fontconfig. As a result you get much better font rendering with real antialiasing, support for bidirectional text and various scripts.

GIMP 2.x handles a variety of font formats, most notably TrueType, OpenType and Type1. It should be emphasized that it does not use the X server or any X font server, so don't be surprised if GIMP doesn't see the fonts you configured in your X11 setup.

Setting up Fonts for GIMP 2.x

GIMP uses Fontconfig to handle fonts, so setting up fonts for GIMP 2.x is merely a job of setting up Fontconfig. But GIMP is not the only application that uses Fontconfig. Recent desktops such as GNOME use it as well, so there's a good chance that everything is properly setup already and fonts will just work for you. If they don't, you will have to create or edit your font configuration file as explained in the Fontconfig User Manual.

Adding Fonts (system-wide)

As soon as Fontconfig is properly setup, adding fonts is just a matter of placing them into a directory that is searched by Fontconfig. Have a look at /etc/fonts/fonts.conf (and perhaps /etc/fonts/local.conf) to find out what directories are searched. After copying the fonts there, you should run fc-cache to regenerate the fonts cache. Fonts added this way will be available to all applications using Fontconfig.

Adding Fonts (for GIMP only)

You might want to install fonts for use with GIMP only or you might not have permissions to install fonts system-wide. To make this possible, GIMP 2.x also looks for fonts in the GIMP specific font search path that can be configured in your gimprc or from the Preferences Dialog. So, in order to install fonts to be used with GIMP, you can just copy them to ~/.gimp-2.6/fonts, press the Refresh button in the Fonts dialog and start using them.

Known Problems

There have been reports of crashes at startup when GIMP scans your font directories. These crashes should go away as soon as you update to a newer version of fontconfig (>= 2.2.0). As a quick workaround you can start gimp with the --no-fonts command-line option but of course you will not be able to use the text tool then.



Expo Caligrafia \ Choque Cultural

Choque Cultural proudly presents a tribute to the calligraphy and to all the letters in all languages, printed, handmade, designed, painted, carved, photographed, classics, moderns, contemporaries, folk, scholar or experimental. Almost 50 artists from north south east and west.
Andrea Branco (São Paulo) - Atsuo (Kyoto) - Billy Argel (São Paulo) - Binho (São Paulo) - Bruce Bishop (Los Angeles) - Buia (São Paulo) – Calma (São Paulo) - Casper (Osaka) - Chaz Bojorquez (Los Angeles) - Chivitz (São Paulo) - Claudio Gil (Rio de Janeiro) - DanielONE (São Paulo) - David Samuel (London) - Dise (Osaka) - Dimitry Oskes (Moscow) - Dionr (São Paulo) - Does (São Paulo) - Eine (London) - Eltono (Madrid) - Fefe Talavera (Madrid) - Ivan Szazi (São Paulo) - Jorge Galvão (Curitiba)- Jun Matsui (São Paulo) - KR (New York) - L’Atlas (Paris) - Loomit (Munich) - Luca Barcellona (Milão) - Magoo Felix (São Paulo) - Mariana Martins (São Paulo) – Marcone (São Paulo) - Nove (São Paulo) - Nuno Valério (Barcelona) - Onio (Brasília) - Pedro Inoue (São Paulo) - Pifo (Osaka) - Pingarilho (São Paulo) - Pjota (São Paulo) - Point (Praga) - Presto (São Paulo) - Remed (Madrid) - Retna (Los Angeles) - Ripo (Barcelona) – Rubens Matuck (São Paulo) - Saber (Los Angeles) - Tony de Marco (São Paulo) - Trampo (Porto Alegre) - Tristan Eaton (New York) - Zezão (São Paulo) - Zosen (Barcelona)
special thanx to Pisca.