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Old September 14th, 2010, 11:04 AM
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Hey everyone,
I've taken on the task of modifying my church's website(which could be a book of questions itself). Right now, I'm just kinda feeling my way around it and tweaking some things. I'm trying to edit one of the buttons. The images for these buttons are .gif. I downloaded Gimp for Mac OSX to try and alter the text on these images. However, I am not able to modify the existing text. I know that as a .gif, it doesn't have multiple layers. I do not have the original files, just the files downloaded from the website server. Is there anyway to change the text? Sorry if it's a dumb question. I'm not really a graphic designer at all, and don't understand how all the tools work.

Thanks for any help!

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Old September 14th, 2010, 11:28 AM
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Depending on the button you may be able to copy a single row of pixels and perform a pixel stretch to cover the text.

Then simply write your own.

I'd need to see the button to make a definitive suggestion, though.

Try uploading your image to an external source (like TinyPic or ImageShack) and paste the link in the reply box, without linking it or adding any other tags.
If that doesn't work, try PM-ing me.

Sadly the restrictions placed here to combat spam and inappropriate content often impede newer members genuinely seeking help.

Edit: or you could post the URL to the website you're modifying.

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Old September 14th, 2010, 02:16 PM
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the website is chestnutdrivecoc . org here's a tinypic link to the file: tinypic,com /r/a3c8kw/7

I didn't want to put the url originally because I didn't want it to look like I was using the forum for promoting my site. Thanks!

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That's no problem, we read each post to determine if it's contributory or abusive

Yeah, you can definitely perform a pixel stretch on these buttons.

The best one to work with looks like the "Home" one.

What you'll need to do is open it in GIMP, and zoom in until you can see individual pixels.
Then use your rectangle tool to make a 1 pixel high selection across the width of the button, just enough to span the text.

Once you've done that, copy it and paste it on its own layer.

Now you simply need to transform it, pulling the bottom edge of the selection over the text.

Once you've saved that button, you can use it as a template to create each button with the text you desire, just make sure you save a copy of the button with no text on to work with.

Best of luck, any other questions, don't hesitate to ask

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Awesome, thanks a lot! I'll play with it when I get home and can use my desktop. This 13" MacBook just doesn't have the screen size to do what I want. Thanks again!

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