How to Warp Text in GIMP

By Kirk Bennet

Warped text is an eye-catching effect that you can apply to your product photos, company logos or marketing ads. There is no "Warp" button that you can click in GIMP -- short for "GNU Image Manipulation Program" -- to warp your text. However, you can use one of GIMP's many effects to apply the warp effect to your text box. Tweaking the properties of the effect can create many styles of warped text.

Launch GIMP and create a new image or open an existing one.

Select the "Text" tool from the toolbox or press "T" to select it. Insert a text box into the image and type the text that you want to warp.

Select the layer that contains the text box, click "Filters," select "Distorts" and click "Curve Bend" to add the Curved Bend effect. The Curve Bend window pops up.

Click the "Automatic preview" to preview the effect in real time in the Preview box.

Click the "Smooth" radio button, if it's not already selected, in the Curve Type section of the window to create rounded curves.

Click anywhere on the horizontal line in the Modify Curves box to insert a node and drag the node up or down to modify the curve. Create more nodes and curve the text layer to warp the text.

Click "OK" to apply the effect to the text layer.


Experiment with the Curved Bend filter to create better warped text effects.


Information in this article applies to GIMP 2.8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.