One of the things that has always seemed needlessly frustrating about using GIMP is the multi-step process required to add an outline to a piece of text. This is my first complete GIMP plugin, and the aim is to rectify that.


While GIMP is not running, save the plugin to your plugins directory. This might vary depending on your platform, but on Windows 7/8 it might be C:/Users/[username]/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins.

How does it work?

The plugin will create a new layer underneath the currently-selected layer. It will then draw the outline into that new layer.


  1. Make sure that the selected layer is the one containing the text you want to outline
  2. Choose "Text Outliner" from the "Decor" submenu of the "Filters" menu
  3. Choose the colour, thickness and feather values you wish to use (or keep the defaults)
  4. If desired, select the option to merge the original layer and outline layer into one.
  5. Click OK


Compatibility Note

Note that there is a bug in certain versions of GIMP that prevent this plugin from working. If you are running any version 2.10 or higher, then you need to update to at least version 2.10.12 if you want to use this plugin. More information here.

If you have any questions, please drop me a line.