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just a quick question but I can't figure out if it's just not possible, (which is fine, workaround is easy enough just time consuming), or if I'm too blind to see it.

For example, I want to put one word in a text in Bold, or in a different color. Is there any way? I'm used to this functionality in Photoshop, I'm sure you guys know what I mean.

If it's not there, what's the best workaround? Just put a bunch of spaces in there and make a new text-layer with the word and the different formatting?

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As far as I know, there is no way to do this in Gimp. In the workaround, you may want to make an extra layer that contains all your text; it is normally hidden, but can be turned on in order to properly align your visible layers.

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    that's a good tip man, (and if nothing else shows up I'll select this answer) – joon Mar 8 '11 at 1:27
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This is possible using Gimp 2.8.4.

A word inside a text box can be selected and by clicking on the bold icon and the colour selector on the toolbar above the textbox, the required attributes can be set.

Gimp TextBox word emphasis

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